Ray Barretto

El Watusi / 1967 UK press

Island : ILP 946

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  • Artist: Ray Barretto
  • A Side: El Watusi
  • B Side: 1967 UK press
  • Label: Island
  • Format: LPs



  • Vinyl Condition: M-
  • Label Condition: M-
  • Sleeve Condition: E

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Super rare 1967 UK press, underling the business daring and dedication of Chris Blackwell and team to bring unconventional music to British shores..

Ray Barretto in 1967 outside of the MOD community, was after all a virtual unknown quantity in Britain; with this album release cloaked even further, with no indication of what the artist looked look like or what style of music you could expect from Mr. Barretto. With the picture of some unknown plump-lipped blonde on the front cover; the only inattentive-marketing this platter ever received.

"El Watisi" after it's 1963 UK Columbia flop, was soon discovered by those intrepid trailblazing All-Night club DJ's and became a firm dancefloor favourite. Sparking EMI to reissue it in 1965 but again failed to achieve any impact with sales.

Island Records constantly had their fingers on the pulse, with more enthusiasm than judgement released this LP, overlooking the fact that 60's MOD's of were almost exclusively 45 7" collectors. This album sold miserably, leaving the serious collector who appreciates everything "Island" to seek out a copy long after it's almost instant deletion.

Today more and more Soul/Mod collector are drawn to the beauty of the Island label and it's 60's output. It is no exaggeration to say that "Island" sits firmly in the top five most-wanted of all those now iconic Brit labels.

To encounter this 1967 failure with perfect vinyl & labels is quite astonishing, and a rare window of opportunity for those collectors fastidious about Rare LP's and their astonishing preserved state.

Condition Report

utterly stunning immaculate vinyl, both sides. Those two alluring white and red Island labels are like new. Laminated cover has a tiny punch hole top right corner. That corner tip has a tiny flake on that tip. Laminate crease top left corner. Inspect those detailed images. Absolutely no writing, tears, stains or split. The insides are in miraculous condition..

A Side

  • Title: El Watusi

    B Side

  • Title: 1967 UK press
  • Year: 1967
  • City: uk