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Gitarzan

November 5, 2007

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 27, 2007
  • Label: Barnaby Records
  • Copyright: 1969 Barnaby Records, Inc.
  • Total Length: 36:06
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  • ASIN: B00128JCSK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,090 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By d0740 on September 27, 2004
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There are at least two separate CD's titled "Gitarzan," the original on the Varese label and another on Laserlight (Delta Music.) At one time both were lumped together in one listing. However, when Amazon.com clarified and broke them into two separate listings with proper labels and song listings, the reviews were repeated for both entries, which is confusing. I am adjusting my original review to clarify.

The Varese CD is is the concert album released in 1969 on the Monument label and later on Ray Steven's Barnaby label. It includes the original 11 songs, Yakety Yak, Little Egypt, Mr. Custer, Freddie Feelgood, Sir.Thanks-a-Lot, Gitarzan, Along Came Jones, Alley Oop, Harry the Hairy Ape, Bagpipes-That's My Bag, and Ahab the Arab, plus bonus tracks The Streak, The Moonlight Special, and Bridget the Midget.

This has to be best album Ray recorded--at least in impact. These live versions of some of his previous hits have become as familiar as the originals, and his cover of other acts' hits are as good, or better, as the originals, especially Mr. Custer and Alley Oop. The single Gitarzan reached the top 10, while Along Came Jones made the top 30 in 1969. For some reason, this CD and other re-releases of Along Came Jones have all cut the tag line "never mind!" His popularity from this album, hit singles from it, and his hot night-club act led to his own summer TV series, with regulars Lulu and Mama Cass, and to his number 1 hit, Everything Is Beautiful, in 1970. This CD also includes his number 1 song, The Streak, from 1974.

Although some of the lyrics may have dated references, the songs are as fresh as ever. It would be hard to evaluate Ray without considering this album.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jerry McDaniel on November 11, 2007
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I love the CD re-issue of this 1969 Ray Stevens album. I have the vinyl version and have this CD release. The inside fold-out cover allows consumers to see the back of the album...the various shots of Ray and the back-up singers. The liner notes are a welcome addition as are the pictures of the album promo posters. This album came along on the Monument label, originally. It was Ray's answer to the runaway success of GITARZAN, the single. The 11 song album, which now includes 3 bonus songs, is all comedy and it came during a very good year for Ray. Ray's top years if one only wants to go by chart numbers of his singles, was anywhere between 1968 through 1980. He continued having big selling albums on into the late 1980's for MCA...and then in the 1990's he became famous for his music video albums...

But this 1969 album runs the gamut of humor. One of my favorites is the Andy Griffith-like narrative called "Sir Thanks a Lot" which is a satire of sorts on Lancelot and other knights of the round table in Camelot. Ray delivers a folksy almost Andy Griffith-inspired narrative as he tells us about the "pride of ol' Camelot was Sir Thanks a Lot". I like his female damsel in distress voice...it's just a funny song is all i can say.

Ray put a lot of his vocal acrobatics into these recordings...a lot of covers of Coasters songs...which isn't a shock to those who are Ray fans to know that the Coasters were a big music influence for Ray. One of the two singles from this album, "Along Came Jones", was a previous hit for the Coasters...and Ray's version tops the original because of the inclusion of the female falsetto voices and of the over-all production. That recording was a Top-30 pop hit for Ray. 1969 is the year he joined the Andy Williams show as a recurring cast member/singer...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Wedding on April 15, 2013
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I bought the wrong one (of course). Did not know about this problem of two albums. Seller may not have known either. The only song title common to the two albums is Gitarzan. Otherwise, no resemblance to the 1969 album.
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