"Genius+Soul=Jazz" Ray Charles question

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by ArneW, Nov 19, 2002.

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  1. ArneW

    ArneW Senior Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Cologne, Germany
    Hi,

    last Saturday I found a (scratched and broken jewel box, but otherwise near mint) CD copy of "Genius + Soul=Jazz" in a used CD bin in a 2nd hand shop in Berlin. At first I thought it was some italian bootleg or so - the cover photo looks like a cheap color photocopy and has been cut with a bread knife. But on the back it says:

    "Manufactured by Castle Records under license from Garland/DCC Compact Classics. Remixed by Ray Charles. Remastered by Ray Charles and Steve Hoffman. The original Impulse and ABC/Paramount Stereo Session tapes were used for the mastering of this Compact Disc."

    Not bad for $1, but is this the real deal? Did they use Steve's master "as is" or did they try to "improve"? I have yet to give it a listen on my home system, but through the boombox of my friend in Berlin I noticed some slight distortion in the highs?!

    Arne
     
  2. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your host Your Host

    The entire album is distorted on the master tape. That Basie band brass just overloaded RVG's recording system I guess.....
     
  3. lukpac

    lukpac Senior Member

    Location:
    Milwaukee, WI
    Wait a second here. The DCC Genius+Soul CD is remixed? Steve's "Uh Huh" set (with One Mint Julep) claims to come from the original mixes. Was one version remixed and the other not?

    FWIW, One Mint Julep on "Uh Huh" sounds really good - I don't hear much distortion myself.
     
  4. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your host Your Host

    Not remixed, no. Rebalanced. That's a live to two-track recording. RVG...
     
  5. lukpac

    lukpac Senior Member

    Location:
    Milwaukee, WI
    Then what about the "Remixed by Ray Charles. Remastered by Ray Charles and Steve Hoffman" note on the CD?
     
  6. John B

    John B Once Blue Gort,<br>now just blue.

    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    Ditto for Garland's "remixed by Steve Hoffman" in the liner notes on Donovan's Catch The Wind. Steve says it was not remixed - the label got it wrong.
     
  7. aoxomoxoa

    aoxomoxoa Play that fast thing one more time

    Location:
    Dayton Ohio
    It's on the mono LP too.
     
  8. Perisphere

    Perisphere Forum Resident

    If RVG did record the album live to 2 track there's no real way to remix it (and the mono LP would just be a fold-down cut from the stereo tape).
     
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