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Porgy & Bess
Cleo Laine, Ray Charles
Porgy & Bess
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B, Broadway & Vocalists


CD Details

All Artists: Cleo Laine, Ray Charles
Title: Porgy & Bess
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: RCA
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Cool Jazz, Traditional Jazz & Ragtime, Bebop, Oldies, Vocal Pop, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 078635183122, 078635183146, 0888072314863

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Beverly Praiswater | 10/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Ray Charles left his own music behind to sing Gershwin with one of the most brilliant songstress of all time, Cleo Laine. The result was one of the most magical duet albums ever recorded! Beware! This is not one of your typically light opera versions of Porgy and Bess. This is the artistic interpretation of two accomplished artists who turn Gershwin's music into an unusual mix of spectacle and soul! Not since Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong has any artist attempted to put hot and raw jazz back into this magnificent array of songs. Cleo Laine's fine vocals with Ray Charles' raw soul is a perfect match!

Each song arrangement was perfectly matched to the artist by Frank DeVol with a 78-piece orchestra. Great instrumental artists like Joe Sample, Lee Ritenour, Joe Pass and Ernie Watts are just some of the many gifted in the orchestra. Many of the arrangements are so hot that they can stand on their own.

The opening number "Summertime" swells into a gorgeously rich duet. Cleo Laine's finale in "My Man's Gone Now" is a vocal high. "I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'" is a cooking duet between Ray & Cleo. "Bess, You Is My Woman" is rich with tenderness and longing from both singers. Cleo Laine hits angelic gospelly highs in "Oh, Doctor Jesus". "It Ain't Necessarily So" is one of the funkiest duets in the album. It scorches beyond belief! "I Love You, Porgy" is a sweeping tour-de-force for Cleo Laine. Ray Charles' earthy soul is full force in his version of "Oh, Bess, Oh Where's My Bess". The finale "Oh, Lord, I'm On My Way" hits the heavens with Ray's gospel vocal.

The lp was originally recorded in 1976 and the cd was digitally remastered in 1988. The vocals are marvelously recorded. You'd swear you were in the recording studio! The only downside of this cd is its limited release yet well worth the search."
Cleo Laine/Ray Chales' "Porgy & Bess"
meetewlul | Germany | 01/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One of the very best performances, and as one can realize by the prize as well, a very rare CD. My first encounter was with the LP."
What happened to the MP3 download?
UXF | San Francisco, CA | 11/18/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is one of the more famous orphaned CD's. For whatever reason, legal or otherwise, the CD is no longer offered new, thereby ceding its economic value to the used CD sellers, who ask astronomical prices. Sometime earlier this year, the album was available for mp3 download for about $9.95. Now that's disappeared! I can kick myself. Does anyone know what's going on here? Don't the rights owner(s) see how much demand there is for this album? It seems they're happy to let someone else make money off it, or perhaps they are encouraging fans to find illegal downloads. Ridiculous!"