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12 June 2010

Ray Charles Live In Ghent (1989)

A spotless copy of the concert on 17 November 1989 in Ghent, produced and broadcast by BRT (in their The Best Of Proms series), has survived integrally. The program was directed by Stefan Rycken, and possibly broadcast live or semi-live.
  1. Riding Thumb
  2. Busted
  3. Georgia On My Mind
  4. Oh, What a Beautiful Morning
  5. Feel So Bad (solo: Kenny Carr - g)
  6. I Want Your Love (with The Raelettes)
  7. Eleanor Rigby
  8. I Can See Clearly Now
  9. I Can't Stop Loving You
  10. What'd I Say
Feel So Bad got one of the best renditions I've ever seen Ray and the Orchestra perform.

Musicians: Chuck Parrish, Jeff Helgesen, Ted Murdock - trumpets; Jeff Kaye - flugel horn**; Steve Sigmund, Mike Guerrier, Marc Fields, Wayne Coniglio - trombones;  Craig Baily, Al Jackson, Mike Karn, Rudy Johnson, Scott Frillman - saxophones;  Ernest Vantrease - Hammond B3; Kenny Carr - guitar; Darren Solomon - bass, Jeff Ballard - drums. The Raelettes: Anita Brooks, Trudy Cohran, Kathryn Collier, Angie Workman, Estella Yarbrough.
*   Information kindly provided by Chuck Parrish and other members of the Ray Charles Orchestra. 
** Jeff Kaye was playing flugel horn because his trumpet had been stolen in Amsterdam.

The show was also televized in Holland, on 29 December 1989. Reelin' In The Years licenses out the 10 tunes separately.

There's also a program with a partial version of the concert, broadcast (and probably produced) by the Japanese satellite tv station BS 2. It sandwiches the concert footage with a brief intro that uses a bit of content from The Sessions Project, and an outro with pictures from Ray's star on the Walk Of Fame, accompanied by a sad Japanese voice-over pointing out that the protagonist has left this world a few years ago. This version has:
  • Riding Thumb
  • Georgia On My Mind
  • Oh, What A Beautiful Morning
  • Feel So Bad 
  • Eleanor Rigby
  • I Can't Stop Loving You
  • What'd I Say 
Feel So Bad (from the Japanese program):

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