Ray Charles/Milt Jackson – Soul Brothers original 1958 stereo LP


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Free U.S. shipping!  An original 1958 U.S. stereo pressing of Soul Brothers by Ray Charles and Milt Jackson on the rare green Atlantic label.

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Offered for sale is an original 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 a 1958  U.S. stereo pressing on the all-green Atlantic label that was used only from 1958 to 1960.

The cover is VG+ , with slight general wear.  As with most early stereo Atlantic LPs, this copy has a mono cover with an embossed “STEREO DISC” stamp in gold on the front cover.

The green label stereo disc is M- with a couple of spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  There’s a tiny tear on the side one label.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a terrific instrumental LP and only the second copy we’ve ever had for sale.

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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Weight 11 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in