Ray Charles – Ray Charles original 1957 mono LP


An original 1957 black label mono pressing of Ray Charles’ self-titled debut LP.

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Offered for sale is an exceptionally clean original pressing of Ray Charles’ 1957 debut – the self-titled Ray Charles on the original all-black Atlantic label.

About this copy: This original mono pressing of Ray Charles comes from our personal collection.  It was acquired in the mid-1980s from the estate of a former nightclub owner in Dallas, Texas.  This club frequently had popular jazz, blues and pop artists perform there, and the owner routinely had every artist sign a copy of their latest album for him.   While not all of the albums in the collection were autographed, nearly every album in the collection was a new and virtually unplayed first pressing. We had quite a few pieces from this collection at one time, and kept a handful of titles for our own collection.

The cover is M- and is virtually perfect, aside from a small bent corner.  A number has been faintly written on the back cover in pencil.

The original black label mono disc is M-.  It looks virtually unplayed, with no spindle marks.  It has a couple of faint scuffs as though it’s been removed from the original sleeve once or twice.

A gorgeous copy of an album that’s quite difficult to find in collectible condition, and likely your final upgrade.

Background: Ray Charles had been releasing singles for a decade when Atlantic Records released his self-titled Ray Charles in 1957.  While the album was released at that time, the material on it had largely been released as singles going back to 1953.

The album is often referred to as “Rock & Roll,” as those words appear in the upper left hand corner of the cover.  That was actually the name of a series of records issued by Atlantic that also included titles with identical covers by Joe Turner, Ruth Brown, Clyde McPhatter, and LaVern Baker.

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

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 “Mess Around” here:

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Atlantic
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1957
Format: Mono
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Additional information

Weight 24 oz
Dimensions 15 × 13 × 1 in