In a recording career which stretches way back to 1957, Ray Stevens has registered countless hits, sold millions of records and carved out a mighty reputation, predominantly with novelty and country material.
However, in his pre-hit making days he also cut a number of R&R 45s ('That's What She Means To Me', 'Chickie-Chickie Wah Wah'), rockabilly (e.g. 'Cat Pants'), doo wop, (e.g. 'Rang Tang Ding Dong') and straight teenage pop (e.g. 'Silver Bracelet', 'Truly True') 45s, which are nowadays major collectors' items.
This 31-track compilation is a truly unique package, comprising a dozen or so of these sides, many making their CD debuts, alongside his early hits, 'Sgt Preston Of The Yukon', 'Jeremiah Peabody's Poly Unsaturated, Quick Dissolving…', 'Ahab The Arab' (his first million seller), 'Further More' and 'Santa Claus Is Watching You'.
Also included is Ray's first LP Ahab The Arab - 1837 Seconds Of Humour in its entirety, this being the first time it has ever appeared on CD in stereo.
Ray Stevens continues regularly to write & record, play concerts and make hilarious videos, and remains as popular today as at any time during his long career.
1. RANG TANG DING DONG (I'm The Japanese Sandman)
2. SILVER BRACELET
3. CHOLLY WOLLY CHANG CHANG
4. FIVE MORE STEPS
6. THAT'S WHAT SHE MEANS TO ME
7. CHICKIE-CHICKIE WAH WAH
8. CAT PANTS
9. THE CLOWN
11. HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK
12. TRULY TRUE
13. WHAT WOULD I DO WITHOUT YOU
14. SGT PRESTON OF THE YUKON
15. WHO DO YOU LOVE?
16. JEREMIAH PEABODY'S POLYUNSATURATED QUICK-DISSOLVING FAST ACTING PLEASANT TASTING GREEN AND PURPLE PILLS
17. TEEN YEARS
18. SCRATCH MY BACK (I Love It)
19. AHAB THE ARAB (single edit, mono)
20. IT'S BEEN SO LONG
21. FURTHER MORE
22. SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
23. SANTA CLAUS IS WATCHING YOU
24. LOVED AND LOST
25. AHAB THE ARAB (LP version, stereo)
26. POPEYE AND OLIVE OIL
27. THE ROCKIN' BOPPIN' WALTZ
28. PFC RHYTHM AND BLUES JONES
29. THE ROCK AND ROLL SHOW
30. JULIUS PLAYED THE TRUMPET
31. A HERMIT NAMED DAVE
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Ray STEVENS - Ahab, Jerimiah, Sgt Preston & More - The Early Ray Stevens
- Product Code: JASCD 910
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