Ray Charles – The Great Ray Charles original 1958 stereo LP

ray charles - the great ray charles stereo LP

Offered for sale is a rare original 1958 stereo pressing of The Great Ray Charles by Ray Charles on the short-lived green Atlantic label.

About this copy: This copy is in exceptional condition; the cover retains it’s original thick wrap and is M-.  There’s a bit of cellophane tape residue on the back near the mouth.

The green label disc is M-.  Aside from a couple of faint scuffs from being removed from the original inner sleeve, the record appears to have had little, if any, play.

A beautiful copy of a terrific record, and likely your final upgrade.

Background: The Great Ray Charles was the second studio album by Ray Charles, and the first to be recorded as an album (the first LP was a collection of previously-released singles.)

Unlike most of Charles’ work, this LP is entirely instrumental.  The album was released in August 1957 in mono, and sometime in 1958 in stereo.

Atlantic’s first stereo LPs were used on a green label that was nearly identical to the black label they were using at the time for their mono releases.  This label was only in use from 1958-1960, and all pressings on that label are quite rare.

Allmusic.com gave The Great Ray Charles a 3 star review:

This set is rather unusual, for it is strictly instrumental, allowing Ray Charles a rare opportunity to be a jazz-oriented pianist. Two selections are with a trio (bassist Oscar Pettiford joins Charles on “Black Coffee”), while the other six are with a septet taken from his big band of the period. …Ray Charles should have recorded in this setting more often in his later years.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Atlantic
Catalog Number:
SD 1259
Year of Release: 1958
Format: Stereo
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Ray Charles – The Genius of Ray Charles rare 1959 stereo LP

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Offered for sale is a rare original stereo pressing of the 1959 Ray Charles LP The Genius of Ray Charles on the original green Atlantic label.

About this copy: The cover is M- and is still in the original shrink wrap.

The disc is M-, aside from a small mark through the first track on side 2 (“Just for a Thrill) that ticks a few times.  It doesn’t appear to be a scratch; it may be a factory pressing defect.

Otherwise, the LP appears to have been played only a couple of times.

A beautiful copy of a terrific LP.

Background:  The Genius of Ray Charles, released in 1959, was the artist’s sixth LP.  This one favored big-band and string arrangements, rather than the jazz and soul of his earlier efforts.

Atlantic’s first stereo LPs were used on a green label that was nearly identical to the black label they were using at the time for their mono releases.  This label was only in use from 1958-1960, and all pressings on that label are quite rare.

Allmusic.com gave The Genius of Ray Charles a 4 1/2 star review:

Some players from Ray Charles’ big band are joined by many ringers from the Count Basie and Duke Ellington bands for the first half of this program, featuring Charles belting out six songs arranged by Quincy Jones. … Charles’ voice is heard throughout in peak form, giving soul to even the veteran standards.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Atlantic
Catalog Number:
SD 1312
Year of Release:
Format: Stereo
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Ray Charles – At Newport rare original 1959 U.S. stereo LP

ray charles at newport stereo lp

Offered for sale is a rare original U.S. stereo pressing of the 1959 LP Ray Charles at Newport by Ray Charles.

About this copy: This copy of Ray Charles at Newport is an original stereo issue on the green label that Atlantic only used from 1958-1960.

The cover is VG+, with a bit of wear on the lamination and some foxing on the back cover.  There are no tears or holes.  As with many early Atlantic stereo titles, this album has a mono cover with an embossed “STEREO DISC” stamp on the front.

The disc is M-.  While it has a few spindle marks on the label, there are no marks on the vinyl.

A beautiful copy of an album that rarely turns up in this condition.

Background: Ray Charles at Newport was released just months after his appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958.

Atlantic’s first stereo LPs were used on a green label that was nearly identical to the black label they were using at the time for their mono releases.  This label was only in use from 1958-1960, and all pressings on that label are quite rare.

Allmusic.com gave Ray Charles at Newport a 4 1/2 star review:

For his appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival on July 5, 1958, Charles pulled out all the stops, performing raucous versions of “The Right Time,” “I Got a Woman,” and “Talkin’ ‘Bout You.”

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Atlantic
Catalog Number:
SD 1289
Year of Release: 1959
Format: Stereo
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Ruth Brown – Late Date with Ruth Brown original 1959 U.S. stereo LP

late date with ruth brown stereo LP

Offered for sale is a rare original U.S. stereo pressing of the 1959 LP Late Date With Ruth Brown by Ruth Brown on the original all-green Atlantic label.

About this copy: This copy of Late Date With Ruth Brown is an original 1959 stereo pressing on the rare green Atlantic label.

The cover is VG, with some general wear, a small split on the bottom edge that has been secured with cellophane tape, and a fair amount of writing on the back cover.

The disc is VG+, with two significant hairlines that likely will not affect play.  The record has been well cared for and still has a lot of shine.

A nice copy of a terrific LP.

Background: Late Date With Ruth Brown was Brown’s third album for Atlantic and her first to be released in stereo.  Original green label stereo pressings of this LP are quite scarce, as Atlantic only used the green label through late 1960 before switching to the green/blue label they used through most of the 1960s.

Allmusic.com gave Late Date With Ruth Brown a 4 star review:

A good after-hours, smoky blues and R&B session featuring Ruth Brown in prime form. Nobody, male or female, sang with more spirit, sass, and vigor than Brown during the ’50s, and this session reminded those who had forgotten that Brown could also hold her own with sophisticated material as well as sexy stuff.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Atlantic
Catalog Number:
SD1308
Year of Release: 1959
Format: Stereo
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Ray Charles – Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music 1960s UK stereo LP

ray charles modern sounds uk LP

Offered for sale is a 1960s UK stereo pressing of the 1962 LP Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music by Ray Charles.

About this copy: This copy of Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music is a 1960s UK stereo pressing on the black HMV label.  We believe this to be a second issue; the first issues were on a maroon colored label.

The cover is VG, with wear at the edges and corners, but no wear on the main part of the cover.  There is a price stamped on the back cover.

The record is VG+, with a few slight scuffs.  The record has clearly had little play.  Stampers are R (stamper #2) on side 1 and GD (stamper #10) on side 2, so this is still a fairly early pressing.

A nice copy of a terrific LP.

Background: Ray Charles made a bold move in embracing country music with the release of Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music in 1962, but it paid off in a big way.  The album reached #1 in the U.S. and #6 in the UK, with the singles “I Can’t Stop Loving You” reaching #1 in the U.S. and “You Don’t Know Me” reaching #2.

Allmusic.com gave Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music a 5 star review:

When Ray Charles made Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music in 1962, he was operating from a position of power. Two years into his contract with ABC-Paramount, he had already become a fixture in the Top Ten with both his singles and his albums, winning a Grammy for his 1960 single “Georgia on My Mind.” Charles had freedom to do whatever he wanted, and he chose to record interpretations of 12 country songs, drawing almost equally from recent hits and older standards. The sly virtuosity within Charles’ approach was to treat these tunes as a a songbook to be reinvented, not as songs that were tied to their rural roots.

You can listen to “I Can’t Stop Loving You” here:

Country of origin: UK
Size: 12″
Record Label: HMV
Catalog Number:
CSD 1451
Year of Release: 1962
Format: Stereo
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Ray Charles/Milt Jackson – Soul Brothers original 1958 stereo LP

ray charles milt jackson - soul brothers stereo lp

Offered for sale is an original 1958 U.S. stereo pressing of Soul Brothers by Ray Charles and Milt Jackson, on the rare green Atlantic label.

About this copy: This copy is an original U.S. stereo pressing on the all-green label that Atlantic used only between 1958 and 1960.

The cover is VG+, with faint general wear and a bit of wear at the corners.  As with most early stereo Atlantic LPs, this one has a mono cover with an embossed “STEREO DISC” stamp in gold on the front cover.

The green label stereo disc is M- and appears to have only been played once or twice.

A nice variation on a terrific instrumental LP and the only copy of this issue that we’ve ever seen.

Background:  Soul Brothers is an oddity in the Ray Charles catalog.  It’s one of his few early collaborations, it’s an all-instrumental LP, and it’s one of the rare albums where he plays saxophone.  In this outing, he’s paired up with vibe player Milt Jackson from the Modern Jazz Quartet, though Jackson also plays guitar.

It’s a great record, and one that tends to get overlooked in the long discographies of both Charles and Jackson.

AllMusic.com gave Soul Brothers 4 1/2 stars:

This one is a real historical curiosity. Not only does vibraphonist Milt Jackson double here on piano but he plays guitar (for the only time on record) during “Bags’ Guitar Blues.” In addition Ray Charles is heard in a purely instrumental role on piano and, during two songs, on alto sax. Charles’s fine playing makes one wonder why he so rarely picked up the horn in later years. Billy Mitchell contributes some fine tenor solos on this boppish/blues material and guitarist Skeeter Best, bassist Oscar Pettiford and (MJQ) drummer Connie Kay offer stellar support.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Atlantic
Catalog Number:
SD 1279
Year of Release: 1958
Format: Stereo
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Stevie Wonder – Greatest Hits 1968 UK stereo LP with different tracks and cover

stevie wonder's greatest hits uk lp

Offered for sale is an original stereo UK pressing of the 1968 LP Greatest Hits by Stevie Wonder, with a different track listing and cover from the U.S. issue.

About this copy:  This copy is an original stereo UK issue.  The cover is a very nice VG+, with a bent corner and a bit of ring wear on the back.  The original price sticker (likely from a U.S. military base) is still attached to the cover.

The disc is M- on side one and VG+ on side two, due to a heavy scuff through the first two tracks.

A beautiful copy of a terrific LP.  The UK pressings sound great, too!

Background: Greatest Hits was released in March, 1968 and reached #37 on the U.S. charts and #25 in the UK.

In the U.S., the album had 12 tracks, but the UK version had 16 tracks and only nine tracks in common with the U.S. version of the album.

Tracks on the UK version:

  • Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day
  • A Place in the Sun
  • Uptight (Everything’s Alright)
  • Travlin’ Man
  • High Heel Sneakers
  • Sad Boy
  • Kiss Me Baby
  • Workout Stevie Workout
  • Fingertips, Pt. 2
  • Hey Harmonica Man
  • Contract on Love
  • Castles in the Sand
  • Nothing’s Too Good for My Baby
  • I Was Made to Love Her
  • Blowin’ in the Wind
  • I’m Wondering
Country of origin: UK
Size: 12″
Record Label: EMI/Tamla
Catalog Number:
STML 11075
Year of Release: 1968
Format: Stereo
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Miles Davis – Kind of Blue 1959 Columbia stereo 6 eye LP

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Offered for sale is an original stereo 1959 pressing of Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, on the original “6 eye” Columbia label.

About this copy: This copy of Kind of Blue is an original 1959 stereo pressing on the “6 eye” Columbia label that was in use through 1962.

The cover is VG, with general wear, but no writing, splits, holes, or cut corners.  It’s a correct original issue, with Cannonball Adderley’s name misspelled as “Adderly” on the cover.

The disc is M-, and has one very faint sleeve scuff and a couple of spindle marks on the label. The disc has clearly had very little play and has been well cared for.

Matrix numbers are:

Side 1: XSM47326-1AL

Side 2: XSM47327-1BB

A beautiful copy of a classic jazz LP.

Background: Recorded in 1959 by a “supergroup” that included Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley and Bill Evans, the album is also one of the best-selling jazz albums ever.

AllMusic.com gave Kind of Blue five stars:

Kind of Blue isn’t merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it’s an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album. To be reductive, it’s the Citizen Kane of jazz — an accepted work of greatness that’s innovative and entertaining. That may not mean it’s the greatest jazz album ever made, but it certainly is a universally acknowledged standard of excellence. Why does Kind of Blue posses such a mystique? Perhaps it’s that this music never flaunts its genius. It lures listeners in with the slow, luxurious bassline and gentle piano chords of “So What.” From that moment on, the record never really changes pace — each tune has a similar relaxed feel, as the music flows easily. Yet Kind of Blue is more than easy listening. The end results were wondrous, filled with performances that still crackle with vitality. Few albums of any genre manage to work on so many different levels, but Kind of Blue does. It can be played as background music, yet it amply rewards close listening. It is advanced music that is extraordinarily enjoyable. It may be a stretch to say that if you don’t like Kind of Blue, you don’t like jazz — but it’s hard to imagine it as anything other than a cornerstone of any jazz collection.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
CS8163
Year of Release: 1959
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Yesterday and Today stereo second state Butcher cover

beatles - butcher cover pasteover stereo

Offered for sale is an exceptionally nice stereo copy of a second state Butcher cover pressing of the 1966 LP Yesterday and Today by the Beatles.

About this copy:  The copy of Yesterday and Today offered for sale is an original 1966 stereo second state Butcher cover with the second “trunk” cover pasted over the original “Butcher” cover photo.

Stereo copies are much rarer than their mono counterparts; only about one in ten Butcher covers are stereo.

This particular copy was pressed at the Los Angeles pressing plant, as noted by the small number 5 in the lower right hand corner of the back cover.

Ringo’s “V” collar is clearly visible under the white portion of the cover to the right of the trunk. (see photo.)

This copy is a bit unusual in that the top “trunk” slick was misaligned when being applied at the pressing plant.  The Butcher cover slick underneath is plainly visible at the top left of the cover.  It can sometimes be difficult to spot a Butcher cover, but the misaligned slick makes this one immediately obvious even at a casual glance.

This cover has:

  • No seam splits
  • Fully legible writing on the spine
  • No ring wear on the back cover
  • No writing on the front or back cover
  • No visible attempts to peel the cover

The cover has slight wear in the white areas; we’ll call it VG+, just to be safe.  There is a stain on the back cover over the title “Yesterday,” and a scraped spot next to the title of “Doctor Robert.”

These are all very minor issues on a cover that is otherwise in exceptional condition.  We rarely see a Butcher cover with solid seams all the way around.

The record is rough and is likely in good condition, at best.  The disc is a correct Los Angeles pressing.  The original inner sleeve is included, though it does have splits on all three sides.

This is about as nice a copy as you’ll ever see of a Second State Butcher cover, aside from finding one in the shrink wrap.

Background: There are millions of records that people could possibly collect, but few are as infamous as the original release of Yesterday and Today by the Beatles, which was first released with the cover now known as the “Butcher cover.”  This cover photo depicted the band dressed in butcher smocks, surrounded by plastic doll parts and pieces of raw meat.  When the original cover met with hostile responses from reviewers and distributors, Capitol Records made the decision to withdraw the cover and replace it with another one.

While a few copies with the original cover were kept by reviewers, the remaining copies were returned to Capitol Records prior to the album’s scheduled release date.  Capitol then pasted a new cover over the existing one, put new shrinkwrap on the cover, and shipped the records with the “pasteover” cover to record distributors.

Most copies sold around the time of the album’s release date actually had two covers, with a cover showing the band standing around a steamer trunk pasted over the original “Butcher cover” photo.  Over time, many of these copies have had the top cover removed, rendering original copies increasingly scarce as fewer intact examples remain.

Copies of Yesterday and Today with the original cover that have never had the second cover pasted over them are known as “first state” issues.  Copies that have the second cover still pasted on top of the first one are known as “second state” copies.  Second state copies are identifiable by looking at the white area on the cover just below the word “today” in the album title.  If that particular copy is a second state Butcher cover, a black triangular area can be faintly seen; this area is where Ringo’s black shirt collar appears on the cover underneath.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
ST 2553
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Stereo
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Marvin Gaye – In the Groove sealed original 1968 stereo LP

marvin gaye - in the groove LP

Offered for sale is a sealed original stereo pressing of Marvin Gaye’s 1968 LP, In the Groove.

About this copy: This copy of In the Groove is an original 1968 stereo first pressing. The album is sealed and the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The wrap is tight and intact with just a tiny 1/4″ tear at the lower left hand corner.  A bit of the spine is worn there. There are no cut corners or punch holes.

A gorgeous copy of a pretty terrific album from a 1960s soul icon and a very difficult album to find in this condition.

Background: For an album with a big #1 hit that everyone remembers (“I Heard it Through the Grapevine”) as well as another Top 40 tune (“Chained”,) In the Groove is a surprisingly hard album to find in any condition.

Part of the reason for that is the album’s success; shortly after “Grapevine” topped the charts, Motown made the decision to change both the title of the album and the cover art. (We’ve included an image of the later cover for comparison.)

The subsequent reissue, titled I Heard it Through the Grapevine, continued to sell well and is the most common version of the album seen today. It’s also a terrific album; it was Gaye’s first solo album in nearly two years and it’s the album that made him a star.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Tamla
Catalog Number:
TS 285
Year of Release: 1968
Format: Stereo
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