This is something you don't see everyday...perhaps it's common but it's the first time I've noticed it. Earlier today I wrote about a new Ray Stevens compilation being released nationally. The CD is called A Funny Thing Happened in Church Today. Well, a funny thing happened at Amazon today! I just visited Amazon and seen a disclaimer message on the product page. This disclaimer indicated that the CD was temporarily out of stock. The CD had been available for pre-order as most CD's are prior to their official release date but usually you don't see a CD be listed as out of stock on the very day it's released nationally.
A part of me thinks that the pre-orders caused it to go out of stock...it's certainly a possibility. There's also a part of me that feels Amazon didn't have that many copies to begin with and were out of stock even before the CD went on sale but felt obligated to let everyone know the CD is out of stock since it's officially released now. Whatever the case I hope they get more copies available because there's audiences out there who specifically purchase compilation CD's...those kind of consumers feel that best-of and greatest hits compilations offer the greatest material from an artist and so usually they by-pass studio albums in favor of the compilations. I know of several people who are like that. Now, of course, people can always purchase the CD at Ray's web-site store. It's been available there for a few months.
I have no idea if people who read this blog actually visit Ray's web-page or not...I hope you all visit it at some point. It's a free web-site. You sign up with a user name and password and basically that's all you have to do. The site has a lot of members but ironically 98% of them that have signed up never say anything in the message board. It's always been puzzling as to why they choose to not say much if anything at all. I personally would like to see more activity in the message board area. Anyway, his web-site has a News section and there's an album and home video discography plus there's the message board and the store. The main page often displays the most recent music video...that being "God Save Arizona". There's also a link to join the Backstage club. Each month you can get access to pictures often unavailable to the general public and some months there's installments of his sit-com, We Ain't Dead Yet. There hadn't been any episodes recently. I think all of the excitement and publicity of the political music videos and now the concerts in Branson, Missouri have put the sit-com on the back burner for now. The link to Ray's web-site is here...the message board area is located on the top right side of the screen in between "About Ray" and "Buy"...
Ray Stevens Web-Site