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Ray
(2004)
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Composed, Arranged, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Matt Dunkley

Conducted by:
Cecilia Weston

Co-Produced by:
Taylor Hackford
David Donaldson
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Rhino/Warner
(December 7th, 2004)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release. This score-only album was released several weeks after the more highly advertised song-only soundtrack albums for the film.
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AWARDS
Winner of a Grammy Award and nominated for a BAFTA Award.
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Buy it... if you're ready to be patient with a very restrained, dark, and respectful orchestral and gospel score that carefully and poignantly represents Ray Charles' many challenges in life.

Avoid it... if you seek either Charles' vocal performances or expect the score to reflect the shiny, positive spirit that many listeners think of when the artist comes to mind.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #806
WRITTEN 1/8/05, REVISED 10/19/11
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Ray: (Craig Armstrong) Released shortly after the death of music icon Ray Charles in 2004, Taylor Hackford's Ray is a biographical telling of the performer's life from 1930 to 1966. For younger audiences familiar with Charles' glowingly positive aura in the final 40 years of his career, there might not be as much knowledge about the very troubled childhood and early career that Charles was forced to navigate through to achieve control over his own addictions. It is safe to say that the life of Charles is an ultimate study in victory over tragedy, although the man's circumstances certainly had enough tragedy to fill an entire film. In the movie Ray, viewers witness the horrific, emotionally paralyzing death of Charles' brother as Ray watches; it is one of the few lasting memories of sight once Charles goes blind later in his childhood. Upon moving to Seattle to ignite his performing career, his addictions to pot and heroine were twenty years in the conquering, and he never really was able to resist the plethora of women who threw themselves at him. The film's concentration, however, is on Charles' journey to the light at the end of the tunnel, as well as his actual reaching of that goal. Summarizing the most positive and far less dramatic modern era for the artist would likely have done an injustice in its lack of depth compared to the first half of the film. It's important to understand the points above because the score by composer Craig Armstrong is by no measure a happy tale either. While his score for Love Actually the previous year was a delightfully chipper experience, Armstrong's career has been punctuated by scores with generally somber and more dramatic tones. From Romeo + Juliet and The Bone Collector to The Quiet American and The Clearing, a consistently withdrawn, melancholy tone is often to be heard in Armstrong's work. He is certainly best known for his coordination and additional score for the sensational Moulin Rouge in 2001, and for collectors of the original score from that film, much of the spirituality in Ray is derived from Satine's theme in that classic. The same daunting journey of the soul is coincidentally shared by Charles and Nicole Kidman's character from Moulin Rouge, so a reprise of Satine's lonely, choral atmosphere is strangely appropriate. Structurally very similar, the two themes differ only in their slight melodic variation and the addition of a gospel voice for a connection between the traditional gospel choirs and voices inherent in Charles' home state of Georgia.



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Average: 3.48 Stars
***** 156 5 Stars
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Joep - January 12, 2007, at 7:35 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 50:51
• 1. Ray's Theme (3:39)
• 2. Della's Theme (4:44)
• 3. Ray Learns to Listen (3:03)
• 4. Dreams of Ray I (3:03)
• 5. Remember Your Promise (0:56)
• 6. Water in the Hallway (0:51)
• 7. Ray's Theme/Piano (2:21)
• 8. George Drowns (1:06)
• 9. First Hit (0:47)
• 10. Ray and Della (1:26)
• 11. Ray Sings to Della (1:06)
• 12. Dreams of Ray II (3:49)
• 13. Ray Leaves Della Behind (1:07)
• 14. Heroin in Bed (0:46)
• 15. Della Kisses Her Baby (1:53)
• 16. Places You Don't Wanna Go (0:46)
• 17. Ray Leaves Mother (1:42)
• 18. Arrested (1:09)
• 19. Alone in the Dark (0:59)
• 20. Dreams of Ray III (4:53)
• 21. Marge's Death (1:22)
• 22. Rehab (2:20)
• 23. Redemption (1:39)
• 24. Ray's Hymn (1:46)
• 25. Ray's Hymn Quintet (1:26)
• 26. End Credits (2:02)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a note from Armstrong about the score and film.
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