Offered for sale is an early, and possibly original, still sealed U.S. mono pressing of the 1957 LP The Great Ray Charles by Ray Charles.
About this copy: This copy of The Great 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 1957 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 is a small amount of foxing in the lower left hand corner of the back cover. Aside from that, this LP is in nearly perfect condition.
An amazing copy of a terrific LP that is usually found in terrible condition.
Background: The Great Ray Charles was the second studio album by Ray Charles, and the first to be recorded as an album (his 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.
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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