Box Set

Box Set

by Ray Stevens
     
 
The eclectic career of gospel/country/comedy artist Ray Stevens creates a big challenge for anyone attempting to make a representational "best-of" album. He jumped from genre to genre as often as he switched labels, leaving compilers with mountains of unrelated song subjects and complicated licensing issues. When the 2005 Box Set was announced, Stevens' fans

Overview

The eclectic career of gospel/country/comedy artist Ray Stevens creates a big challenge for anyone attempting to make a representational "best-of" album. He jumped from genre to genre as often as he switched labels, leaving compilers with mountains of unrelated song subjects and complicated licensing issues. When the 2005 Box Set was announced, Stevens' fans had high hopes for a comprehensive, career-spanning collection -- and it was -- kind of. After a successful television-only campaign, Curb Records released the set in 2006 and sales proved that the Stevens' market was still strong in the U.S.. Faithful fan support does not necessarily guarantee that a collection is good though. The Box Set is a sprawling three-disc affair (providing more than an ample amount of time to give the man plenty of room to show all of his facets), but the collection is plagued with glaring omissions and seemingly random sequencing. Stevens' strongest suit has always been his versatility -- blessed with a lovely voice, great musical talent, and uncanny comedic sense, Ray Stevens could (and did) successfully tackle anything that interested him. So why is so much of that good stuff missing here? Sure, there are the expected hits (both comedic and serious) like "It's Me Again Margaret," "Everything Is Beautiful," "Ahab the Arab," "The Streak," "Misty," "The Mississippi Squirrel Revival," "Nashville," and (one of his earliest outings) "Jeremiah Peabody's Polyunsaturated Quick-Dissolving Fast-Acting Pleasant Tasting Green and Purple Pills," but the majority of the Box Set focuses on lesser-known album cuts that would be obscure even for dedicated fans. Although it's not touted as "complete," the Box Set still suffers from the omission of some of Stevens' strongest material. His brilliant readings of the Coasters' "Along Came Jones" and Kris Kristofferson's "Sunday Morning Coming Down" aren't here, and neither are the moody "Mr. Businessman," the sublime "Unwind," or the hilarious "Santa Claus Is Watching You." The Box Set really only excels as a complementary collection for fans who have a hits compilation already and are looking to delve a little deeper. For fans looking for a more compact (and representationally sound) overview, Capitol's Classic Masters or Rhino's Best of Ray Stevens do the job more succinctly, and with more reverence.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/28/2006
Label:
Curb Records
UPC:
0715187888920
catalogNumber:
78889
Rank:
10424

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. It's Me Again, Margaret
  2. Too Drunk to Fish
  3. Misty
  4. Freudian Slip
  5. Sittin' Up with the Dead
  6. Everything Is Beautiful
  7. Power Tools
  8. Drivers Education
  9. Hang Up and Drive
  10. Ahab the Arab
  11. The Ballad of the Blue Cyclone (The Beginning)
  12. Blue Angel
  13. The Ballad of the Blue Cyclone (The End?)
  14. Pledging My Love
  15. The Woogie Boogie
  16. Love Will Beat Your Brains Out
  17. The Haircut Song

Disc 2

  1. The Streak
  2. The Mississippi Squirrel Revival
  3. Family Funeral Fight
  4. Deerslayer
  5. Safe at Home
  6. Boogie Woogie
  7. Virgil and the Moonshot
  8. The Hustler
  9. Osama Yo' Mama
  10. Hello Mama
  11. Let's Roll
  12. We're Havin' a Baby
  13. When the Kids Are Gone
  14. Turn Your Radio On
  15. Kitty Cat's Revenge
  16. Juanita & The Kids
  17. Thank You

Disc 3

  1. Shriner's Convention
  2. Nashville
  3. Erik the Awful
  4. The Dog Song
  5. The Cat Song
  6. When I Get Over You
  7. The Pirate Song
  8. Come on Home to Baseball
  9. Gitarzan
  10. Bridget the Midget
  11. Bon Temps Roulette
  12. Freddie Feelgood (And His Funky Little Five Piece Band)
  13. Gone for Good
  14. Stand Up
  15. The King of Christmas
  16. Be Your Own Best Friend
  17. Jeremiah Peabody's Polyunsaturdated Quick-Dissolving Fast-Acting ...

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