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 What’d I Say.
Fused with heavy blues, gospel and rock and roll, What’d I Say was one of Ray’s very rst 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 re ned blues rockers like the powerful instru-
mental 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 What’d 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 rst time ever 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl LP of the Ray Charles classic
What’d I Say. Mastered from the original monophonic Atlantic Records tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios, 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 stun-
ning liner notes by Ren Gravatt as well as the legendary photography of Lee Friedlander.
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.