Ray Charles – The Genius of Ray Charles sealed 1959 mono LP


Free U.S. shipping!  A still sealed early mono U.S. pressing of The Genius of Ray Charles by Ray Charles.

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Offered for sale is an early, and possibly original, still sealed U.S. mono pressing of the 1959  LP The Genius of Ray Charles by Ray Charles.

About this copy: This copy of The Genius of Ray Charles is a U.S. pressing on the Atlantic label.

As the album is sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The album is sealed in a loose wrap, as was done on early Atlantic issues.

The label variation is unknown.  This may be an original 1959 issue on the original black label, but it could also be on the later, short-lived red and purple “white fan” label that was used from 1960-1962.

This is a thick, fairly heavy pressing, so it’s likely a black label original.

The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes.  There are small (2″ or 5 cm on the top; 1″ or 3 cm on the bottom) splits on the top and bottom edges of the cover.

An amazing copy of a terrific LP that is usually found in terrible condition.

Background:  The Genius of Ray Charles, released in 1959, was the artist’s sixth LP.  This one favored big-band and string arrangements, rather than the jazz and soul of his earlier efforts.

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

Some players from Ray Charles’ big band are joined by many ringers from the Count Basie and Duke Ellington bands for the first half of this program, featuring Charles belting out six songs arranged by Quincy Jones. … Charles’ voice is heard throughout in peak form, giving soul to even the veteran standards.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Atlantic
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1959
Format: Mono
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Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in