Offered for sale is a still sealed original U.S. copy of the 1966 LP The Great Hits of Ray Charles Recorded on 8-Track Stereo by Ray Charles.
About this copy: This copy of The Great Hits of Ray Charles is an original 1966 stereo pressing on the blue/green Atlantic label.
As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.
The wrap is fully intact except for a small break in the upper left hand corner where there is a saw mark in the cover.
A nice copy of a terrific LP and a relatively scarce Ray Charles album.
Background: After Ray Charles left Atlantic for ABC Records in 1960, Atlantic issued a number of compilation albums over the next few years.
One of the more interesting ones was The Great Hits of Ray Charles Recorded on 8-Track Stereo, an album that was unusual at the time of release in that it was issued only in stereo.
The album was a compilation of tracks by Charles that Atlantic had recorded in stereo in the late 1950s but had, up until that time, issued only in mono. Atlantic, while a small record company, had been early adopters of recording in stereo, recording in that format as early as 1952, long before stereo recordings had any commercial application.
This came in handy later in the decade when stereo records became practical, as the label had a lot of ready-to-release material available.
This LP gave listeners their first opportunity to hear “What’d I Say,” among others, in true stereo.
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