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.
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.|
|Year of Release:||1958|