September 10, 2005 04:01:47 GMT
In celebration of the 75th birthday of Ray Charles, Rhino is releasing two albums by the icon on September 20; "Genius and Friends" and "Pure Genius -
The music genius is about to reach his 75th year age next September 23. And in celebration, Rhino label, which has been asked by late Ray Charles to complete and release his duets projects, will release two albums of his on September 20. One of the two albums is a collection of duets called "Genius and Friends," while the other is a 146-track boxed set of his seminal work, which includes never-before-released rehearsal tracks, titled "Pure Genius -- The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959)."
The new duets albums present Charles singing with Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, Chris Isaak, Patti LaBelle, Diana Ross, George Michael and Angie Stone. In addition, Charles also teams up with soul-man John Legend, Italian pop star Laura Pausini and Idina Menzel, star of the Broadway play "Wicked." High selling rate is expected to bring the album the platinum award and/or gold status that the music legend's previous albums have reached.