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Dedicated to You
Ray Charles, Betty Carter
Dedicated to You
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, R&B
 
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Ray Charles's decision to cut an album of duets with then-rising jazz singer Betty Carter defines the phrase "unerring instinct." Charles responds to Carter's gorgeous voice and compelling melodic changes with some of his ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Ray Charles, Betty Carter
Title: Dedicated to You
Members Wishing: 7
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rhino / Wea
Original Release Date: 1/1/1961
Re-Release Date: 4/21/1998
Album Type: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, R&B
Styles: Vocal Jazz, Classic R&B, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 081227525927

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Ray Charles's decision to cut an album of duets with then-rising jazz singer Betty Carter defines the phrase "unerring instinct." Charles responds to Carter's gorgeous voice and compelling melodic changes with some of his softest singing; you might say that this already masterful conduit of emotion got in touch with his feminine side on this 1961 date. The opening and closing cuts of the girls'-names theme album Dedicated to You, another '61 LP that fills out this 78-minute disc, demonstrate Brother Ray's touch for transforming unlikely material into expressions of his own funky essence. His amused big-band celebrations of "Hardhearted Hannah" and "Sweet Georgia Brown" sit alongside sublime portraits of "Stella by Starlight" and "Ruby" on an underappreciated set that's a perfect match for the Charles-Carter sides. --Rickey Wright

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CD Reviews

One of the most played in my collection
10/11/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When this was recorded there were so many people who showed up to witness this fabulous duo, that the session had to be closed. You can feel the emotion...not a finer recording exists. Guess you can tell I like it."
Ray Charles at his best
07/04/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I originally bought "Dedicated to You" in 1961 in college. It was the only albumn that I ever wore out completely with help from my dormmates. It was played constantly. The titles are all girl's names and his treatment of "Nancy" "Dianne" and "Hard-hearted Hannah"are classic with big band background. All these years later the CD has not lost a thing in fact the stereo sound is more realistic than it ever was. Then to find an additional albumn with Ray and Betty Carter on the CD was a real bonus. The price is worth one of these two alone. If you like Ray Charles you won't be disappointed."
If you like Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong...
01/22/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Ray and Betty rule. This is an outstanding pairing of contrasting vocal talents with fine phrasing and orchestration. Wonderful."