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11 September 2012

Ray Charles In New Haven (1985)

Source: Topfoto.
On 8 June 1985 Ray Charles and his group gave a concert at the Shubert Performing Arts Center in New Haven. The show was taped from the audience. The audio quality is a little less than mediocre.

The setlist was:
  1. Project S (Ray Charles Orchestra)
  2. Intro
  3. Let the Good Times Roll
  4. Georgia On My Mind
  5. Oh, What A Beautiful Morning
  6. How Long Has This Been Going On
  7. Intro Raelettes
  8. I Want Your Love (with The Raelettes)
  9. Anyway You Want To
  10. I Can't Stop Loving You
  11. I’m Gonna Keep On Singin’ + What'd I Say
  12. Outro
  13. America The Beautiful
  14. Walk-off
From Project S (#1) only one other live version (Madrid, 1975) has survived. #13 is a double surprise:  America The Beautiful was only part of the Ray Charles Orchestra's repertoire on and around the 4th of July, and Ray 'never' (i.e. hardly ever) did encores.

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