So nice, I had to dig him twice.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Ray Charles, live at Palais des Sport, Paris – October 22, 1961 – Radio France
Since I’m a firm believer that you can’t really have too much of a good thing, as a sort of encore to the 1997 Montreux performance, I just turned up this 1961 Paris performance by the legendary Ray Charles.
If you’re like me, the earlier performances have a bite to them that the later ones understandably don’t. For one thing, Ray Charles voice is wonderful in 1961 and the audience is anything but blasè.
So to give you another taste of The Genius of Ray Charles this weekend, here is that concert – recorded live at Palais des Sport in Paris by the venerable ORTF on October 22, 1961.
Let the good times roll.
Ray Charles in concert – one of the gems from the recent treasure trove.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Ray Charles – Live At Montreux – 1997
Good news came from The Montreux Festival the past couple of weeks. One was the release of a veritable treasure trove of past performances, and the other was news the Montreux Jazz Festival archives are now under the preservation of UNESCO. Some 40 years of film and audio equalling some 5,000 hours are to be preserved under the Memory Of The World Register. This is a great step in the area of preservation, but it also gives evidence that the late founder of the Montreux Festival, Claude Nobs had the foresight and love to preserve everything that happened during that milestone festival from its beginning.
One of those gems, part of a Historic Soul Series now available (or at least it was as of last week) via the ARTE Live Web site, is Ray Charles, live in 1997.
If you missed Ray Charles the first time around, and are just discovering him now – or need to be reminded from time to time why they referred to him as “The Genius Of Ray Charles” – now’s your chance.
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Squeeze – The effortless ease into Post-Punk.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Squeeze – live at Oxford Polytechnic – 1981 – BBC 6 Music
70s/80s favorites Squeeze tonight, in concert at Oxford Polytechnic in 1981. One of those bands that started off in Punk and drifted into the Post-Punk direction in the late 70s. Always a band that had great songs to offer, with some of the best lyrics to be heard in quite a long time.
In this concert, they do some of their earlier material, including songs from the East Side Story album which had been released the year of this concert.
If you’re familiar with Squeeze, and are a fan, you will no doubt remember most of the tracks played here.
You may want to consider this concert a sing-along.
Well . . . .it is Friday night and all.
They’re currently on tour, primarily in the UK – if you’re in the neighborhood where they’re playing, you might to check them out.
In any event, crank up and get ready for the Weekend.