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Greatest Gospel Favorites

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Ray Stevens

1. I'll Fly Away
2. Love Lifted Me
3. Have A Little Talk With Myself
4. Turn Your Radio On
5. Oh Will There Be Any Stars
6. Why Don't You Lead Me To That Rock
7. Glory Special
8. A Brighter Day
9. Let Your Love Be A Light Unto The People
10. A Mama And A Papa
11. All My Trials
12. Yes, Jesus Loves Me
13. Everything Is Beautuful

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 9, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Curb Records
  • ASIN: B000000DEN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,919 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a CD reissue of Ray Stevens' great 1973 gospel LP, Turn Your Radio On. In addition, a couple tracks from his best-selling Everything Is Beautiful are also included (including the great "A Brighter Day"). Despite the reputation Stevens has earned in recent years as a cornball, he was in the 1960s and 1970s a highly regarded singer/songwriter -- and rightly so. His best-selling novelty records were both funny and reflected true musicianship. His "straight" recordings were very well done -- very reminiscent of Joe South's excellent recordings. (Not surprising since both were nurtured by Bill Lowery in Atlanta.) Among other things, Stevens cut the first version of "Sunday Morning Coming Down." The LP "Turn Your Radio On" was revelatory when it was first released -- containing non-traditional arrangements of country and bluegrass gospel standards, as well as several wonderful Stevens originals ("Have a Little Talk With Myself," "A Mama and a Papa"). And, the sound mastering was impeccable -- one of the best-sounding albums to come out of Nashville in the early 1970s. Unfortunately, Curb has botched the reissue, inexplicably reproducing many of the stereo tracks in mono. This is probably one of the few recordings around where the scratchy vinyl edition produces better sound than its CD reissue. I can only assume it's because Curb couldn't find a "clean" copy of the LP to digitize -- it's easier to eliminate vinyl noise in mono. Hard to believe that on Amazon(.com) Auctions or SOMEWHERE a mint edition couldn't have been found to convert to CD. Because of this flaw -- as well as the poor packaging (Why change the title of the album? Why use a photo of Stevens that appears to be taken about 2 decades after the original LP was made? Why not include SOME liner notes or session info?) -- the CD itself only merits 3 stars. But, the songs contained herein, if only they had been presented correctly, are definitely 5-star caliber.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Gazeley on July 28, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this CD recently, specifically for a friend of mine who enjoyed listening to the original LP, even though it was slightly crackly!
At the last moment I decided to get a copy for myself as well, and I'm so glad I did. It sounds as fresh as it did over 30 years ago, and it's been on my car CD ever since. I've always liked Ray Stevens, his comedy records were a hoot. However, as a Christian, this gospel album means a lot to me. The quality of the CD is of a high standard, nice to hear the music without the time-caused hissing and scratching!
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Curb Records issued this collection in 1996...it contains 13 songs of faith and inspiration. There are quite a few songs on here that Ray re-arranges in his own kind of way while on other songs he sticks to the original arrangements...plus there's a couple of songs on here he wrote.

The material on this collection dates back to 1969-1971. I especially liked the way the songs appeared on the fold-out cover...complete with songwriter credits and publisher credits. I also liked reading the liner notes by a guy named Don Ovens. This collection could easily have been promoted as a re-issue of TURN YOUR RADIO ON with bonus songs added but it wasn't. This collection, in all honesty, came up out of the blue...it's one of those kinds of albums that used to pop up every now and then for a quick profit and then go out of print quickly.

Since it's release in 1996, TURN YOUR RADIO ON has been issued on CD and MP3 format, coupled with his album, MISTY.

Ray's gospel singles became hit songs on the Adult-Contemporary format in the early 1970's. The format, though, was called Easy-Listening at the time...some called it Middle-of-the-Road, or MOR. The hits on this album were plenty: "Turn Your Radio On" was a Top-20 country hit; "A Mama and a Papa" and "All My Trials" were both Top-10 Adult-Contemporary hits; "Have a Little Talk With Myself" originates from 1969 and it hit the country charts; and "Everything Is Beautiful" hit #1. Originally, "Everything Is Beautiful" and "A Brighter Day" were not part of TURN YOUR RADIO ON...the original 1972 gospel album contained only 11 songs...this Curb collection tacks on those two songs, giving the collection 13 songs total. As far as the TURN YOUR RADIO ON album goes...it was a Top-20 success on the country chart in the spring of 1972.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "mpk5899" on October 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Classic album from the early '70's. Every song on the CD is great! You can listen to this album for hours - very inspirational.
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Ray Stevens isn't just for comedy. He has a wonderful singing voice and the songs on this album are wonderful as well. I actually bought this album because I liked two of the songs on it, TURN YOUR RADIO ON and my personal favorite, EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL, but discovered that the rest were as good. RAY ROCKS!
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By P. J. Kratzer on December 25, 2009
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I played my favorite LP gospel album, Ray's "Turn Your Radio On" until it was scratched and worn out and I've been looking for a CD version. All the old favorite songs, plus a couple of bonus ones, makes this my NEW favorite album. RAY STEVENS ROCKS!
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