Ray Charles was the musician most responsible for developing soul music. Singers like Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson also did a great deal to pioneer the form, but Charles did even more to devise a new form of black pop by merging '50s R&B with gospel-powered vocals, adding plenty of flavor from contemporary jazz, blues, and (in the '60s) country. Then there was his singing; his style was among the most emotional and easily identifiable of any 20th century performer, up there with the likes of Elvis and Billie Holiday. He was also a superb keyboard player, arranger, and bandleader. The brilliance of his 1950s and '60s work, however, can't obscure the fact that he made few classic tracks after the mid-'60s, though he recorded often and performed until the year before his death.
Features a CD + Blu-Ray Audio. For many music fans, this is THE classic XTC album, the one there was most demand for in remixed and 5. 1 surround and one of those for which the tapes, until recently, were thought lost. The album has been mixed for 5. 1 Surround Sound from the original multi-track studio master tapes by Steven Wilson with input from Andy Partridge and is fully approved by XTC. Features a 5. 1 Surround mix in 24-bit / 96-khz mixed from the original multi-track tapes available in LPCM and DTS HD MA. Additional Blu-ray features include: The new stereo album mix in 24-bit / 96-khz LPCM audio. Four additional songs from the album sessions in stereo and 5. 1 mixed by Steven Wilson. The original (uncorrected polarity) stereo album mix hi-res stereo + non-album track. The original (corrected polarity) stereo album mix in hi-res stereo. Instrumental versions (mixed by Steven Wilson) of all new mixes in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio.
Stiffelio was based on the play Le pasteur, ou L'évangile et le foyer by Émile Souvestre and Eugène Bourgeois and was originally censored due to it involving as it does a Protestant minister of the church with an adulterous wife.
The golden timbre of Roberto Aronica graces the title role…His commanding tenor makes one sit up and listen, with some notable long-breathed phrasing and a smooth legato a joy to hear…[Yu Guanqun's] is a rich, true lyric soprano with a glint of steel and strong, even emission in the upper register…[Frontali] sings with great command of Verdian shape and line. (International Record Review)