Offered for sale is a rare original stereo pressing of The Boss of the Blues by “Big” Joe Turner.
About this copy: This copy of The Boss of the Blues is an original 1958 stereo pressing on the solid green Atlantic label.
The cover is VG++, with faint wear at the edges. There’s a bit of writing in ball point pen in the lower right hand corner of the back cover. This cover is a mono cover with “Stereo Disc” embossed across the top of the cover.
The disc is M-, and has clearly had little, if any, play. There are a few faint scuffs from being removed from the original wax-paper-style inner sleeve. That sleeve is included, though we’ve put the record in a better, rice-paper sleeve.
It’s quite uncommon to find an R&B album from the 1950s in this kind of condition, especially in stereo.
A terrific copy of a great album, and likely your final upgrade.
Background: The Boss of the Blues, also known as The Boss of the Blues – Joe Turner Plays Kansas City Jazz, was the “blues shouter’s” third album and his first successful one.
Released in 1956 on Atlantic’s black label in mono, the album was released in stereo on Atlantic’s green label in 1958. As mono records outsold stereo album by a ratio of about 100:1 in those days, and as Atlantic discontinued using the green label in 1960, original stereo copies of this LP are quite rare.
During an era when Big Joe Turner recordings were often surprise hits with rock & roll fans (particularly “Shake, Rattle and Roll”), he occasionally recorded no-nonsense blues-oriented jazz dates too. … Turner is in top form on remakes of some of his early tunes (including “Cherry Red,” “Roll ‘Em Pete,” and “Wee Baby Blues”), a few traditional blues, and a couple of swing standards. This music should appeal to many listeners.
You can listen to “Cherry Red” here: