Ray Charles – The Great Ray Charles original 1958 stereo LP


An original green label stereo pressing of The Great Ray Charles by Ray Charles.

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Offered for sale is a rare original 1958 stereo pressing of The Great Ray Charles by Ray Charles on the short-lived green Atlantic label.

About this copy: This copy is in exceptional condition; the cover retains it’s original thick wrap and is M-.  There’s a bit of cellophane tape residue on the back near the mouth.

The green label disc is M-.  Aside from a couple of faint scuffs from being removed from the original inner sleeve, the record appears to have had little, if any, play.

A beautiful copy of a terrific record, and likely your final upgrade.

Background: The Great Ray Charles was the second studio album by Ray Charles, and the first to be recorded as an album (the first LP was a collection of previously-released singles.)

Unlike most of Charles’ work, this LP is entirely instrumental.  The album was released in August 1957 in mono, and sometime in 1958 in stereo.

Atlantic’s first stereo LPs were used on a green label that was nearly identical to the black label they were using at the time for their mono releases.  This label was only in use from 1958-1960, and all pressings on that label are quite rare.

Allmusic.com gave The Great Ray Charles a 3 star review:

This set is rather unusual, for it is strictly instrumental, allowing Ray Charles a rare opportunity to be a jazz-oriented pianist. Two selections are with a trio (bassist Oscar Pettiford joins Charles on “Black Coffee”), while the other six are with a septet taken from his big band of the period. …Ray Charles should have recorded in this setting more often in his later years.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Atlantic
Catalog Number:
SD 1259
Year of Release: 1958
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 24 oz
Dimensions 15 × 13 × 1 in
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