Offered for sale is a Japanese reissue of the 1957 self-titled debut LP by Ray Charles, Ray Charles.
While Ray Charles was the artist’s first album, the record contained songs that had been recorded over the previous few years.
One of the first handful of LPs issued by Atlantic, Ray Charles (later retitled Hallelujah I Love Her So) is a bona fide classic of its genre. Weighted about three to one in favor of Charles’ own compositions, its raison d’etre was the hits “Hallelujah I Love Her So” and the pounding, soaring “Ain’t That Love,” which opens the LP. As with other Atlantic albums of the period, its content was determined more by Charles’ recent singles than by a real plan for the LP, but even within those limitations it’s an amazingly subtle record.
You can listen to “Hallelujah I Love Her So” here:
About this copy: This copy of Ray Charles is a Japanese reissue of the 1957 LP, released in about 1980, complete with obi.
The cover is VG++, with faint traces of wear at the edges and a few light marks where a price sticker was removed. The lyric insert is included.
The disc is M- and looks unplayed.
A great copy of a terrific record.