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Ray Charles-Live In France 1961 reviews

“Seeing and hearing Ray perform so brilliantly 50 years ago in France, is an inspiration and reminds us just how gifted this man was and what an amazing and special talent he had.  This film is a fantastic way for us to continue to celebrate Ray Charles and his beautiful legacy.”

—Jamie Foxx, Academy Award Winner/Best Actor for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the film Ray.


“What a discovery! Seeing Ray at his prime in 1961, live with his brilliant small band, is a gift from the gods. I can’t stop loving it.”

—David Ritz, co-author of Ray’s 1978 autobiography Brother Ray


Ray Charles Live In France 1961 is one of the most important musical films ever released. Musicologists and teachers will be playing this DVD for decades, so that their students can see one of the fathers of American music at his best.”

—International Review Of Music


“It’s a great blast from the past, the clarity and sound excellent and the editing first rate, a great tribute to the genius and the music of Ray Charles.”

—No Depression


“A marvelous DVD that captures Ray Charles at his virtual peak. Top-notch.”

—Yahoo Music


“The performances themselves range from very good to electrifying…a truly valuable addition to the late artist’s legacy.”



“Remarkable…you can almost feel a star being born and taking off into the cosmos. “

—HITS Daily Double


“This absolutely mesmerizing collection captures everything with stunning beauty.”

—Bill Bentley/The Morton Report


“Just to be able to watch this is considered a treat.”



“The performance featuring a seven piece band and the four Raylets is not only remarkable for it’s raw energy but for the mere fact that it was restored to such high quality. This reporter definitely recommends this as a sterling addition to anyone’s media collection.”

—Hollywood Today


“Without a doubt, “Ray Charles: Live in France” represents an important historical milepost in the career of its star.”

—Jazz History Online


Ray Charles Live In France 1961 is an opportunity to witness a legend at the pinnacle. There are no letdowns… this is Ray in his prime. He is simply one of the greatest singers of all time.”

—Audiophile Audition


“Frank Sinatra famously called Charles “The only genius in our business.” Live In France 1961 backs that statement up in full and is an absolute must-own for Charles aficionados.”

—Cinema Sentries

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