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Not 1, not 2, but 3 CDs for the price of one, featuring Ray's favorite and funniest songs! Includes The Streak; Ahab the Arab; Gitarzan; Everything Is Beautiful; Santa Claus Is Watching You; The Haircut Song; Freddie Feelgood (and His Funky Little Five Piece); The Mississippi Squirrel Revival; Shriner's Convention; The Ballad of the Blue Cyclone (The End) , and more.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 28, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Curb Records
  • ASIN: B000B9EY70
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,462 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Jerry McDaniel on November 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Most of this Box Set consists of Ray's Curb recordings plus some of his songs from his own label, Clyde. The version of "It's Me Again Margaret" is from the recording from COMEDY VIDEO CLASSICS...i've watched the music video so many times i can tell i'm listening to the recording on here. For those who want original recordings, seek other collections...BUT, for Ray fans, this set is a must have because Ray throws in some never before available songs that can't be bought anywhere but on this Box Set. The new material on this Box Set that can't be found anywhere else are: "Family Funeral Fight", "Driver's Education"; "Kitty Cat's Revenge"; "We're Havin' a Baby"; "When the Kids are Gone"; "The Cat Song" and the ultra-rare "Hello Mama", the sequel to Ray's hit "Osama Yo Mama" from 2002.

The rest of the songs range from his Curb material during 1990-1993 plus material from his MCA return in 1997...then we hear songs from his THANK YOU album that came out in 2003 on his own label, Clyde. Ray even re-records his first Top-40 pop hit from 1961: "Jeremiah Peabody's Green and Purple Pills"...that is found on Disc #3, the closing track. This Box Set contains 3 CD's worth of Ray Stevens comedy and serious music...BUT none of the actual hit songs contained on here from the '60s, '70s, or '80s are the original recordings...the Box Set cover shows Ray at a table with his arms propped up looking over 4 gift boxes...he's watching the boxes sit...hence the title "Box Set". I give this collection 4 stars because i wish the original recordings of "The Streak" and "Ahab the Arab" and the other well-known hits were on here.

There also isn't any liner notes, either. A career going on 50 years but no liner notes or anything accompanying the collection was a bit strange.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By DJ Zath on February 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have always loved Ray Steven's musical banter... however, this one's really a disappointment.. Now, technically, the audio is clean and decent.. its the CONTENT itself that's the problem...

Ray re-sings these tracks- ALL of them, with the same "I-don't-care" ambiance throughout the set; to say, he sounds "BORED"!

The FLARE that was Ray Stevens is GONE! If you are a true fan of his works, then this box set will DISAPPOINT you. If you are merely interested in something that sounds "digital karaoke", then this is for you.. cause that's exactly what it is. Ray simply grabs the lyric sheets and sings-um.. SAYS the lyrics to a musical background; you can tell that he'd rather be doing something ELSE..
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Bonich on June 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The Bad:

When one thinks of a CD "box set", The phrase brings to mind a set with lavish packaging and the original recordings with some rare bonus songs. Unfortunately, this collection doesn't really live up to its name with its presentation. But I suppose the name "Box set" is better than "the thousandth Ray Stevens Greatest Hits package to hit the market". I guess most record labels simply find it easier to have artists re-record their previous hits rather than go through the hassle of licensing the originals. As other reviewers have stated, all the classic hits are recent re-recordings that were readily available to Curb, Ray's current label. Unfortunately, they weren't his best versions of the songs. On top of that, the set doesn't really work as a proper career retrospective as it focuses almost solely on his comedy. Ray Stevens' musical genious shined through the most on his serious Barnaby and Monument songs and are for the most part, completely omitted from this set. His 80s MCA era songs (when he recorded his funniest songs) is barely touched upon and we're left with, of course, most of his Curb recordings.

the Good:

- At least all the songs off the Curb albums are the original recordings

- Ear Candy! 8 tracks from the nearly impossible to find album Ray released on his own. (only Hang Up And Drive and No Lawyers In Heaven didn't make it to the unwisely named "Box Set")

- The unreleased and non-album tracks listed by the previous reviewer make this set well worth the price.

- The price. Curb Records seems to have a habit of doing things cheaply, and this 3 CD set is no exception. This is put together like a budget CD and thankfully, aptly priced.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Superboy Forever on June 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Warning, warning, Danger, danger!!! If you are looking for the ORIGINAL hit versions of his songs like, "Ahab the Arab", "The Streak", "Gitarzan" then you should stay away from this compilation. So far the BEST Ray Stevens set is Rhino's "The Very Best of Ray Stevens".
All of those selections are the real deal.

Here's hoping that one day there will be a true box set compilation of Ray's career, especially his early Mercury recordings. My top wish: a song from 1964: "The Old English Surfer".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian N. Geddes on April 7, 2006
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I agree with previous reviewer. NOT ORIGINAL VERSIONS, AND SUFFERS AS A RESULT. No enthusiasm, and the music and voices dffer greatly from the originals. The Haircut song leaves out two funny stanzas, and I admit I did not have the heart to listen to much of the rest. With fond memories of the old tape versions, and wanting to indoctrinate new converts, this was not the vehicle. TOSSING THEM.
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