Ray Charles was the premier architect singer/songwriter/musician whose genius of combining jazz, blues with gospel most certainly began the American soul music movement. This modern form of R&B which would become an American way of life forever etched itself in total with the release of his 1959 classic hit single and album Whatd I Say.
Fused with heavy blues, gospel and rock and roll, Whatd I Say was one of Rays very first top ten hits after a very long run of predominantly R&B only chart successes. The tune itself has been covered hundreds of times by some of the most important voices in popular music, like The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Van Morrison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and many others.
Also included on this masterpiece are some of Ray Charles more refined blues rockers like the powerful instrumental Rockhouse, the rockin You Be My Baby, the shouter Tell Me How Do You Feel, and the brilliant pre-soul sounds of What Kind Of Man Are You which features the Raylettes Mary Ann Fisher.
The Whatd I Say album forever etched the name superstar and genius with Ray Charles as the album reached the upper rungs of the popular, jazz and R&B charts and has become an American institution which will forever stand the test of time.
Friday Music is very honored to announce the first time ever 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl LP of the Ray Charles classic Whatd I Say. Mastered from the original monophonic Atlantic Records tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios with Kevin Gray, this masterwork truly sounds exceptional and will become one of the more important roots albums to be reissued in quite some time for the audiophile vinyl domain.
This limited edition release also comes with the original album cover graphics of Marvin Israel, featuring the stunning liner notes by Ren Gravatt as well as the legendary photography of Lee Friedlander.
The album is packaged in a poly bag to preserve the rich details of the legendary cover art as well as a poly lined inner sleeve to protect your vinyl purchase for years to come.
180g Audiophile Vinyl
Mastered From Original Monophonic Atlantic Records Tapes
Mastered by Joe Reagoso with Kevin Gray at Friday Music
Original album cover graphics of Marvin Israel
Stunning liner notes by Ren Gravatt
Photography of Lee Friedlander
Protective outer poly bag
Protective inner poly sleeve
Ray Charles, piano, vocals
The Raylettes, vocals, backing vocals
Mary Ann Fisher, backing vocals
1. What'd I Say
2. Jumpin' In The Morning
3. You Be My Baby
4. Tell Me How Do You Feel
5. What Kind Of Man Are You
2. Roll With Me Baby
3. Tell All The World About You
4. My Bonnie
5. That's Enough