Ray Charles/Betty Carter
Ray Charles/Betty Carter

  1 x LP   180grs   33⅓rpm      + 2 bonus tracks

2013 EU reissue on 180g LP-Includes an outstanding version of "Baby It's Cold outside". An iconoclastic album from 1961 pairing Ray Charles with jazz singer Betty Carter, arrangements by Marty Paich. Includes an outstanding version of "Baby It's Cold

Label:  Wax Time 
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Release date: 17-10-2013(originally released in 1961)

2013 EU vinyl editon, on 180gram virgin vinyl- An iconoclastic album from 1961 pairing Ray Charles with jazz singer Betty Carter, arrangements by Marty Paich. Includes an outstanding version of "Baby It's Cold outside". Original LP with one Ray Charles bonus trackTwo
Charles Croons Sweet Ballads, Carter Turns on the High-Pitch Charm

Tracks:
A1 Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
A2 You And I
A3 Medley: Goodbye/We'll Be Together Again
A4 People Will Say We're In Love
A5 Cocktails For Two
A6 Side By Side

B1 Baby, It's Cold Outside
B2 Together
B3 For All We Know
B4 Takes Two To Tango
B5 Alone Together
B6 Just You, Just Me
B7 Stella By Starlight

Let the sparks fly. Order up the cocktails. And get ready to tango. Ray Charles teams up with jazz standout Betty Carter on this 1961 nightclub set, arranged and conducted by Marty Paich and produced by Sid Feller. Alternating between big band R&B and sweet balladic soul, the rapport between the two iconic vocalists remains seductive and unique in each artist's catalog.

Indeed, neither talent ever made another record that sounded like this, and do we need even boast about the R&B chart topper "Baby, It's Cold Outside," which became a standard the day it was released? Romantic, sexy, classy, hypnotic: This is a duets record for the ages.

ALLMUSIC 

This pairing of two totally idiosyncratic vocalists acquired legendary status over the decades in which it had been out of print. But the proof is in the listening, and frankly it doesn't represent either artist's best work. There is certainly a powerful, often sexy rapport between the two -- Charles in his sweet balladeering mode, Carter with her uniquely keening, drifting high register -- and they definitely create sparks in the justly famous rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside." The main problem is in Marty Paich's string/choir arrangements, which too often cross the line into treacle, whereas his charts for big band are far more listenable. Moreover, Charles' sweetness can get a bit cloying, too, although some of the old grit emerges on "Takes Two to Tango." [Some reissues add the great, rare B-side to the "Unchain My Heart" single, "But on the Other Hand Baby," and two excellent if unrelated album cuts, "I Never See Maggie Alone" (1964) and "I Like to Hear It Sometime" (1966).]

Discs: 1
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): 180grs
Speed(33,45): 33
Bonus(cd,single,download): 2 bonus tracks
Label: Wax Time
Originally released: 1961
This release: 2013
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