'Ray!' Soundtrack Boasts Live Cuts, DVD
The soundtrack to the forthcoming Ray Charles biopic "Ray!" features a combination of studio tracks and live recordings from the late "Genius of Soul."The soundtrack to the forthcoming Ray Charles biopic "Ray!" features a combination of studio tracks and live recordings from the late "Genius of Soul." The 16-track set, due Aug. 24 via Atlantic/Rhino, will also be released in a special edition package with a bonus DVD.
Concert recordings of Charles performing "Hallelujah I Love Her So," "You Don't Know Me" and "Let the Good Times Roll" are included on the set. Filling it out are such classics as "Georgia on My Mind," "Hit the Road Jack" and "I Got a Woman."
As previously reported, "Ray!" is scheduled to open Oct. 27 in U.S. theaters. The film stars Jamie Foxx, who lip-syncs to recordings of Charles throughout the film.
The bonus DVD included with the limited-edition version of the soundtrack features four performance clips of Foxx as Charles, all created by the film's director, Tyler Hackford. Also included is the "Ray!" theatrical trailer and a photo gallery.
Charles, who died June 10 of complications relating to liver disease, had supported the film's creation and even contributed new recordings to the project.
"Ray Charles OK'ed the script, and he was 100% supportive of what we were doing in telling his life story," Curt Sobel, the film's music supervisor and music editor recently told Billboard."If there were [original recordings] that were unavailable, or if they didn't match the script, we had Ray come in and do the songs."
Here is the "Ray!" soundtrack list:
"I Got a Woman"
"Hallelujah I Love Her So" (live)
"Night Time Is the Right Time"
"What'd I Say"
"Georgia on My Mind"
"Hit the Road Jack"
"Unchain My Heart"
"I Can't Stop Loving You"
"Born To Lose"
"Bye Bye Love"
"You Don't Know Me"
"Let the Good Times Roll"
Here is the bonus DVD track list:
"Night Time Is the Right Time"/What'd I Say"
"Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)"
"Unchain My Heart"
"Ray!" theatrical trailer