November 1, 2008

The Collector's Series

I have a better image than this but I don't have the patience to find it right now. Anyway, "Collector's Series" is the Ray Stevens project i'm spotlighting today.

RCA Records released a wide variety of albums under this name...Ray, having been one of RCA's artists for a couple of years, had an album issued on him in 1985. There are two versions of "Collector's Series" that one should be aware of. There is the 1985 original release with the 1981 love ballad "One More Last Chance" featured and then there is the 1987 re-issue which replaces that song with a 1980 comedy recording, "Put It In Your Ear". Each release has the same title but features a song switch.

The picture above is a 1992 CD re-issue of the 1987 re-issue...and so it contains "Put It In Your Ear" instead of "One More Last Chance".

Ray recorded for RCA, 1980-1982, and this collection contains only eight performances. The fact that two of the performances are over five minutes in length make it's time total comparable to a standard 10-11 song collection. The music...

1. Shriner's Convention; 1980
2. You're Never Goin' To Tampa With Me; 1980
3. Country Boy, Country Club Girl; 1982
4. Where The Sun Don't Shine; 1982
5. The Dooright Family; 1980
6. Let's Do It Right This Time; 1981
7. One More Last Chance; 1981 {1985 LP}
7. Why Don't We Go Somewhere and Make Love; 1982
8. Put It In Your Ear; 1980 {1987 LP}

In both the 1985 and 1987 releases of "Collector's Series", 1981 was not a well-covered year. In the 1985 release, two of his 1981 songs were featured while the 1987 re-issue removed one of the 1981 songs in favor of a 1980 song. I was always baffled why RCA only limited the song selection to eight. I'd seen other artist's under this same title and they too have eight songs...four songs on each side of the cassette or LP. In the CD age, all eight are presented back to back to back, etc etc. Now, in the cyber age, songs can be bought individually from most on-line stores...even songs that aren't even official singles...there's options for consumers to pick and choose what they want from an album's worth of songs.

1 comment:

Show your appreciation for the music of Ray Stevens...leave a comment...