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Ray Charles

Live In France 1961 DVD

Review by Gary Hill

Anyone who doubts the talents and skills of Ray Charles, or who regards him as anything less than a real musical powerhouse, really needs to watch this DVD. The concert captures Charles during one of the peaks of his career and the performances are top notch. While the video and audio are certainly not up the standards of modern concert films, that really can’t detract from the powerful music being performed. This includes footage from three different days in July of 1961 and shows Charles performing a wide range of material. The man was a real musical genius and entertainer. That should be obvious to anyone watching this release. It’s highly recommended to all fans of jazz, blues or any form of early American music.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2011  Volume 6 at

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