Ray Charles & Betty Carter – Ray Charles And Betty Carter (1961) [Analogue Productions Remaster 2012] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz}

Ray Charles & Betty Carter – Ray Charles And Betty Carter (1961)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 Stereo & DST64 3.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 42:34 minutes | Scans included | 2,72 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 854 MB

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”.

01. Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
02. You and I
03. Intro: Goodbye/We’ll Be Together Again
04. People Will Say We’re In Love
05. Cocktails For Two
06. Side By Side
07. Baby, It’s Cold Outside
08. Together
09. For All We Know
10. Takes Two To Tango
11. Alone Together
12. Just You, Just Me
13. Hard Hearted Hannah [Unlisted Track]



FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz