Ray Charles was the premiere 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 classic #1 hit single I Got a Woman from his stunning debut 1957 album Ray Charles. Fused with heavy blues, gospel and rock and roll, I Got a Woman was one of Ray’s very first top charting hits soon to be followed by other #1 smash hit singles like Mess Around and A Fool for You. More hit singles graced his first album as well with Hallelujah I Love Her So, Ain’t That Love and This Little Girl of Mine. The Ray Charles album itself on its own merit is truly a Greatest Hits LP, whereby most of these early Ray Charles’ hit tracks have been covered hundreds of times by some of the most important voices in popular music, like The Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Steve Miller Band, Van Morrison, Peggy Lee, Johnny Winter, Jerry Lee Lewis, Stevie Wonder and many others. Also included on this debut masterpiece are some of Ray Charles’ more definitive blues rockers like the powerful Come Back Baby, the rockin’ Greenbacks, the #1 blues rocker Mary Ann, and the brilliant soul sounds of Don’t You Know, Drown in My Own Tears and Losing Hand. The Ray Charles album forever etched the name superstar and genius with Ray Charles as the LP 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. Being one of his rarest LP’s of his career, the magnificent album has not been officially released on vinyl in over five decades and fetches hundreds of dollars for a mint used copy if you can even find one. Friday Music is very honored to announce the first time ever 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl LP of the Ray Charles’ classic Ray Charles. As another installment in our treasured Ray Charles/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Series, his amazing debut LP is mastered from the original monophonic Atlantic Records’ tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and at Capitol Mastering with Ron McMaster. 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 Guy Remark. The album will be 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. I Got a Woman!!!