Wolfgang's Concert Vault can't be praised enough for sharing their huge catalog of American live music with their internet audience. Their only flaw is that they often don't know exactly what they're publishing.
What's left, however, is a high quality audio of one of the Fool For You-ballet performances with the New York City Ballet at the State Theatre of the Lincoln Center. The tracks are:
- [Track 01] Intro RC (by announcer) + applause
- [Track 02] Georgia On My Mind
- [Track 03, missing from Concert Vault] Ain't That Love
- [Track 04, missing from Concert Vault] Don't You Know
- [Track 05] It Should've Been Me
- [Track 06] Intro Raelettes (by RC)
- [Track 07] Hit The Road Jack
- [Track 08] Rockhouse
- [Track 09] Mess Around
- [Track 10] A Fool For You
- [Track 11] I've Got A Woman
- [Track 12] Drown In My Own Tears
- [Track 13] What'd I Say [version 1]
- [Track 14] What'd I Say [version 2]
- [Track 15] Applause
- [Track 16] Ol' Man River
- [Track 17] Applause
- [Track 18] America The Beautiful [+ closing announcement]
Charles was in top condition, performing all tunes with gusto, as if they were still all part of his daily repertoire.
|Choreographer Peter Martins and |
Ray Charles rehearsing (from Esquire, May '88).
May 11, 1989
The groupe's performance on 11 May 1989 was also made public by Wolfgang's Vault. The sound quality is less, but bearable, and it has the merit of representing the complete partiture.
May 14 or 15, 1988
Finally, Wolfgang also published a (first known complete) taping of one of the 1988 performances. They say it was recorded on March 13, but that year the series were staged on May 14 and 15 as the closing part of the American Music Festival, also at the Lincoln's New York State Theater. Unfortunately, the recording sounds like an amateur board mix.
*Special thanks to Joël Dufour and André Monnot for helping me correct an earlier, hasty and sloppy, version of this post.