October 25, 2012
Ray Stevens: Golden LP Series, Part Thirteen...
One of the artists behind the scenes on this particular album as well as in the previous album was Toni Wine. She was part of the Archies singing group...their biggest release, "Sugar, Sugar", ironically enough featured hand-claps from one Ray Stevens! Toni supplied a song on Just For the Record and she can be heard providing the harmony vocals on it, too. The song is titled "Gimme a Smile" and it's one of my all-time favorite songs on the album. Those who are fans of The Captain and Tennille, or are familiar with their hit songs, might be familiar with a song called "Can't Stop Dancin'". Ray Stevens co-wrote that song and it appears on this 1976 album. It would later be covered by The Captain and Tennille and their recording would reach the Top-20.
All 10 songs, as a whole, carried a similar theme in that nearly all of the songs had to do with music in some shape, fashion, or form: singing, dancing, meditation, instrumental prowess...performing in general. When you title the LP Just For the Record it makes sense to fill the project with songs about music. The album reached the Top-40 on the Country Album chart.
A lot of Ray's Warner Brothers recordings are among the most scarce. For the longest of time they remained out of print until the mid 1990's. Soon after the material went out of print once again and remained commercially unavailable until the Mp3 era took over the music industry in the mid 2000's. Two of the three compilation projects from the mid 1990's that Warner Brothers issued on Ray Stevens are available in Mp3 format at Amazon. The third project wasn't issued in Mp3 format for whatever reason.
Music continued to be a theme for Ray's fourteenth's studio album...the music was so close you could literally feel it...details in Part 14 of the Golden LP Series!