October 4, 2012

Ray Stevens 9-CD Box Set, Part 21...

In the midst of all the political goings-on between the two candidates for President and the political comedy songs that Ray Stevens has contributed the last several years let's not forget that at the same time there's a 9-CD box set available featuring 108 comedy recordings from Ray Stevens. The title of the project is The Encyclopedia of Recorded Comedy Music and it's the focal point of a video found HERE. The interview comes from a site called Y'all Wire, and the interview is great!! Once you click that link you'll then need to click the area that reads 'Ray Stevens Interview'. If, in the future, the link doesn't work you can simply do a Google search for the web-site and 'Ray Stevens' and it should be one of the first results to show up.

I've name dropped quite a bit of the songs included in the collection and there's, of course, the product page at Ray's web-store which provides a detailed list of what's on all 9 of the CD's.

Some of the songs Ray recorded for the Encyclopedia are: "Mother-in-Law", "King Tut", "Little Brown Jug", "The Too Fat Polka", "Ode to the Little Brown Shack Out Back", "Chug a Lug", and a trio of holiday songs including "Monster Mash", "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus", and "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer". The latter is a song that had long been erroneously credited as a Ray Stevens recording with many web-sites offering the Elmo and Patsy song for digital download but mistakenly attaching Ray's name to it as if he were the artist. Ray comments about this within the pages of the accompanying booklet and sets the record straight that until now he had never recorded the song. Ray does a couple more Roger Miller songs, too, in addition to "Chug a Lug" and those are "Dang Me" and "Kansas City Star".

Although the box set/Encyclopedia is a loving tribute to novelty songs from all musical formats, concentrating mostly on work originating from the '40s through the '60s with a couple having pre-1940 origins, there is one song on here with a fairly recent origin and it's Ray's take on "I Wanna Talk About Me", a huge hit by Toby Keith.

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