One of the things that has puzzled me for awhile are why a lot of the compilations that have been issued on Ray Stevens This is just one example. There are 14 tracks and they're listed at the end of this blog entry. The credits show that the music on the CD comes from the years of through However, why doesn't it give credit to the years of,and ? Also, it credits the year,even though there isn't any song on this collection from that year.
It's inclusion in the credit list is baffling to me. This isn't something that just happens on Ray Stevens compilations, though. I've noticed that it happens on other artists as well. It's not a question that I must have an immediate answer to but it's something I've always been curious about.
There are also compilations that don't even offer copyright years except for the current year of release. A compilation from the past entitled Collector's Series was issued on Ray in RCA is the label that issued the collection and nowhere in the credits does it indicate when the material was recorded Fortunately being a big Ray Stevens fan I know the years of each of the eight songs on that collection I know this isn't something that's a big deal for a lot of people but I'm just quirky enough to have those kinds of curiosities about the music I buy.
Each recording is from and respectively. The Streak; 2. Shriner's Convention; 3. Mississippi Squirrel Revival; 4. Gitarzan; 5. Ahab the Arab; re-recording of his hit 6. It's Me Again, Margaret; 7. Santa Claus Is Watching You; 8.
The Ballad of the Blue Cyclone; radio edit version 9. Would Jesus Wear a Rolex? Freddie Feelgood; Surfin' U. The Haircut Song; Everything Is Beautiful; Labels: blue cyclonecomedy musiccompilation CDray stevens. December 18, Ray Stevens For the second time, Ray Stevens has enjoyed a You Tube music video surpassing the 4 million mark.
The latest video upload to surpass 4 million hits is " We The People ", the video about Obamacare that started it all. The play count for the video is 4, A few days ago the video was sitting at 3, hits and now it's moved beyond the four million mark. The You Tube method of getting music exposed to the masses isn't anything new but it's especially useful to those artists who have a difficult time getting their products exposed to the masses in a more conventional way: radio airplay.
As Ray remarked in recent interviews he feels that his politically themed music videos of late, which have gotten hundreds of thousands and in some cases millions of You Tube hits, is a big reason why his recent concert appearances have attracted an even more diverse audience than usual.
A typical Ray Stevens concert has an audience make-up of parents and their kids plus in some markets you'll find teenagers and younger adults as well as the older audience that probably have followed Ray's career for decades Those who want to join Ray's Facebook page need to look no further than this Facebook link. He's got over 7, followers so far. The souvenir book I included in this blog entry is from There is also a mini-biography of sorts and quite a few pictures.
I've scanned a lot of pictures from that booklet and they're on my computer. I haven't added too many of those picture scans to my blogs because I've always felt that the contents inside the booklet should remain exclusive to those who actually own a copy of the booklet.
I also realize that it's a 40 year old publication and the chances of a modern-day consumer lucking out and getting a copy on eBay or any other on-line music shop is 1 in a billion. I happened to be one of those who did in fact luck out and I purchased my copy on-line several years ago. I think TV Guide was less than sixty cents in ? Labels: obamacareray stevenstaxeswe the peopleyou tube. Ray's web-page uploaded a 2-part interview that took place yesterday. In the pictures from the slide-show we saw images of the two, in addition to those in the technical staff, standing at microphones in Ray's recording studio.
The 2-part interview is available in the News section of Ray's web-site. When you click the link the first item, as of December 14th, will be a promo for Ray's magazine interview with the publication The Direct Buzz.
Below this you'll see the audio link to Ray's interview with Bob Edwards. You'll need to click "Interview Part 1" in order for the audio to start playing. The first part is a little over 15 minutes and the second part is a little over 11 minutes. Ray talks about his career and snippets of his songs are played throughout the commercial free interview.
In the Direct Buzz interview it's in the form of an actual magazine. Attempting to describe how to navigate through the web-page would be too confusing but I assume everyone who clicks the link will be able to figure out how to navigate the site and have no issues. The article begins on page 9 and continues briefly on page To enlarge the article simply left click Labels: christmas comedynightmare before Christmasray stevens.
December 13, Ray Stevens and the Government, Part It's nothing like reform at all. The ObamaCare law transformed an entire health care system that simply needed tinkered with into a massive big Government, socialistic-style system that the people didn't want or need.
Slowly but surely people are waking up to the harsh realities that will be mandated onto them by all in the name of 'social justice' and wealth re-distribution.
The article was about the latest Judicial decision to strike down ObamaCare. When this happens this will give Ray two music videos on You Tube with at least four million hits. As of this writing the music video is sitting at 3, hits. The other music video, " Come to the USA ", has gotten 4, hits. As I touched upon in other blogs, a lot of the complaints and controversial aspects were ginned up by antagonistic liberal bloggers who deliberately planted inflammatory comments on message boards, on conservative blogs, and on social network sites like Twitter.
Those who oppose Ray's political material were trying to make it look like he was singing to a small group of listeners I assume a lot of those hate blogs are still around if one searches archives for specific entries A much more serious video, " God Save Arizona ", is sitting athits. This particular video, for those who've still not watched it, deals with the Federal Government's lawsuit against the State of Arizona over the illegal immigration law.
Meanwhile, there's a blow-out sale going on this month at the Ray Stevens web-site shopping store with regards to the fabulous T-shirts that have been available during the last several months. The shirts are top quality I personally own one of the various T-shirts and so I suspect the other T-shirts are made with top quality material, too.
The information about the T-shirt blow-out sale is located at Ray's web-site store here. There's two versions of the T-shirt There are other items currently available at their regular price including an alternative version of the T-shirt that shows a different image of Ray in front the flag with the phrase "We The People Have Awakened!
That T-shirt, incidentally, is the one that I own. It was the first T-shirt made available I will soon purchase the "Great Awakening Tour" T-shirt as well I came across a web-page today that offers commentary about Ray and his daughter, Suzi, and it includes a slide-show as well.
It's located at Bob Edwards web-site and you get there by clicking his name. There's a particular picture that shows Ray standing in front of a wall lined with booklets of sheet music that had been issued on his various recordings through the years.
I'm familiar with most of them but a couple were new to my eyes. Ray's current music video on You Tube, " Nightmare Before Christmas ", has enjoyed 56, hits so far. The video typically has gotten anywhere between 3, to 4, or so hits every few days. Will it crackhits by Christmas? It's hard to tell The Christmas CD that the song comes from, Christmas Through a Different Windowfeatures other songs aimed at political correctness as well and this is the one that emerged as a music video Labels: obamacarepolitical correctnesspolitical humorpoliticsray stevenswe the people.
This is one of my favorite pictures of Ray Stevens!! I hadn't bought anything off eBay in a period of years and that's where I bought several of the singles that I own. Much of the singles were for sale through Ray's fan club which is no longer in existence. The fan club shut down in after a run of 15 years in operation. I was a member of the fan club during the last 7 years. Meanwhile, there are still 45's for sale on eBay all the time. Labels: 45 singles45'sAM popcountry humorray stevensvinyl singles.
Given the title of this blog it's easy to lump in a lot of Ray Stevens albums and classify them as under-rated Having said that it's nice to shine the light on a couple of mid '80s albums that were issued which have become under-rated in comparison to other projects released around the same time. Some may wonder how can a greatest hits collection possibly be under-rated. Afterall, it contains hit songs and commercial singles.
Well, this particular collection is under-rated because of a bigger seller hits collection released the same year, Greatest Hits featured pretty much all the signature hit songs from Ray Stevens while Greatest Hits, Volume Two featured other hits and more contemporary releases.
During the mid '80s when newer audiences were discovering Ray Stevens His earlier recordings were finding a new audience and the reason why Greatest Hits, Volume Two became under-rated is due to the high sales of it's predecessor, Greatest Hits.
The Greatest Hits release became a huge hit album Some may wonder: " If those recordings is all it took for the album to go Platinum why didn't other compilation albums from the late '70s and early '80s go Gold or Platinum, too, since they basically all featured the same songs?
The answer to that question, in my opinion, has to do with awareness, popularity, publicity, and timing. The reason why the album went Platinum while the album didn't even reach Gold status is because of the lack Album) publicity and awareness. This is why in a lot of my blogs I shine the spotlight on albums that I feel didn't generate a lot of publicity from record companies. Greatest Hits, Volume Two as I mentioned features several earlier recordings from Ray but unlike it's predecessor the collection includes a bit more modern-day recordings.
By comparison, Volume Two featured recordings from, and in addition to material from the '60s and '70s. This may be considered one of Ray's earliest ventures in direct-mail as it was only available by mail-order I've got this particular collection and it's a 2 album in 1 release.
The album opens up like a book as most double LP collections did. Each vinyl LP is housed in it's own separate sleeve. As you can see, the album cover is full of sight-gags. The microphone Ray is holding is stuck inside a stick of dynamite. He's got a black eye, he's lunging upward due to a "kick-me" sign attached to him, smoking a cigar that exploded, and is being squirted with water from a trick flower by one of the two clowns Not only this but a second clown has a trick gun and the chair has a whoopee cushion sitting on it.
Ray's nickname is The Clown Prince of Country Music but the clowns on the album cover can also be a reference to a line in " Shriner's Convention " where some Shriner's were dressed up as clowns during the parade.
It nonetheless is a great song. I received a message from someone who found their way to this blog page asking if I'd make mention of an upcoming appearance from Ronnie Dove.
Typically, this being a Ray Stevens blog, I rarely mention other artist's appearances but since Ray played a Album) in Ronnie's career in the mid '60s I decided to go ahead and make mention of the appearance. The appearance of Ronnie Dove will be on New Year's Eve, December 31st, and you can find out about it at the venue's web-site right here. Once there you can click "Contact Us" for the venue's street address and phone number, etc. Speaking of under-rated albums I've written a few times about this album in the past.
This particular album is the one that shows Ray on the cover dressed up as Will Rogers. The album's colors are black and orange and it features the following recordings The Booger Man 3.
Mama's in Album) Sky With Elvis 4. Language, Nudity, Violence, and Sex 5. Bad 6. Blood and Suede 8. Ethelene The Truckstop Queen 9. I Don't Need None of That The music video includes additional footage not heard on the audio recording: An off-camera news reporter reads a fictional headline from a newspaper which leads to a comical interchange by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.
Ray, of course, vocally impersonates both political figures. As you can see from the track list it included the recording of " Mama's In the Sky With Elvis " as well as his version of Michael Jackson's hit song, " Bad ". Labels: country humorgreatest hits volume twoI never made a record I didn't likeray stevens.
December 9, Ray Stevens and the Shriners Convention The Shriner's Conventionas performed by Ray Stevens in Don't tell me the blogger is writing about this song again!! Yes, I'm writing about this song once again!
The commercial single was issued in January of The above performance of Ray is from and it may very well be the first time he'd performed the song on television. As I touched upon in previous blogs there's the slower, ballad-paced recording which runs 5 minutes, 33 seconds.
There is also another version issued which has a much more urgent, quicker vocal delivery and it leaves out some of the lyrics, specifically the reference to The Knights of Columbus. This performance, even though it's the longer version, also leaves out the Knights of Columbus reference. RCA issued both versions as promo singles The "short version" runs 4 minutes, 10 seconds Moreover, a writer who was born and grew up one hour by car from Auschwitz and three kilometers from the plant where the firm Hoch und Tiefbau AG had built the crematoria for that camp.
In which, alone, 2. Moreover, you desecrate the memory of Witold Pilecki plus other Polish officer escapees from Auschwitz who produced written reports, e. I am omitting here reports by Jewish escapees, for example the Vrba-Wetzler report, as well as the fate of the Jewish part of my family during the war, so as to skirt the whole specious Joooos-tainted-it aspect of your comment. The lowest for Auschwitz, for instance by the Polish historian Franciszek Pipercites 1. The highest figure cited for Auschwitz is 4 million.
However, much has happened since it went up, including the Blogger outage. Scroll down for a report on that. More new posts will be added below this one. The essay below is the conclusion of the ninth part in a series by Takuan Seiyo. See the list at the bottom of this post for links to the previous installments. For over 60 years, White mea-culpists have had a firm grip in all fields of cultural mind imprinting: education high and low; paper media, then electronic, then digital media; all forms of entertainment, the plastic arts and music high and low, and religious instruction and worship too.
Their main endeavor has been to enforce their compulsory e. K and discretionary e. Nor the evils of the worldwide Islamic Inquisition which — not in the 16th century but now, in the 21st, condemns Muslim apostates to barbaric execution. Instead, aggressive White androphobes of all genders which I can no longer count are decimating the philogynous and egalitarian West. Equality psychos are tearing down the most egalitarian society that ever existed except for initial communist experiments, before they turned bloody.
American Jews, at the apex of the greatest fortune and philosemitic tolerance their long diaspora has ever bestowed on their kind, are busy supporting all the ideologies and policies that demolish their safe harbor and build up their Muslim, Black and Third World enemies. Leftoid masochists and the Christian meek call for returning Hawaii to the Hawaiians and capitulating before a massive Mexican reconquista of one-third of America.
The rightful Etruscan landowners are not bearing angry placards in front of the Vatican. The Japanese are not planning to relinquish Hokkaido to its original owners, the Ainu. The tall, white and fair-haired Chachapoyas of the Andean forest have, alas, no remnants left to sue the Incas for genocide in a Peruvian court of law.
However, even that great moral abyss of Western civilization — the Holocausts — stands out more in its industrialized and organizational features than it does either in the quality of its hatefulness or its relative or even absolute volumes. In relative numbers, in just one year,the Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda, killed off a total of one million, in a population of 7 million.
Is it more humane to go by a stroke of a blunt machete than by a whiff of Zyklon B? The Khmer Rouge murdered at least 2 million Cambodians between and one quarter of the population, by a conservative count. Is it more humane to die by wallops from a Cambodian pickaxe handle than by a bullet from a German Mauser? There is a special horror attached to the Third Reich, because those were 20 th century Europeans, Christians, and in many ways the smartest, most civilized people on Earth.
But the Holocausts do not prove that Whites are worse than other people, just that they are no better. The history of the Third Reich also proves that with the right formula of economic blowup, misery and humiliation, sparked by charismatic evil, no people are immune to such horror, at no time. Our Norwegian correspondent The Observer sends his translation of an article and interview with two respectable high-profile Muslim leaders in Oslo, who have strongly negative opinions about Jews and the worldwide Jewish conspiracy.
The Observer notes:. It should also be pointed out that this is the same mosque that the Norwegian police apologized so profusely to last year for the fact that we have freedom of speech in Norway. The translated article from Dagsavisen :. Controversial: Many Norwegians have a negative view on Islam due to Jewish domination of the media.
We are visiting Central Jamaat-e Ahl-e Sunnat, the mosque with the largest member base in Norway, to talk to its spiritual leader. The mosque was founded The Psychoanalyst - Success (4) - Social Network Junkies (CD and currently has more than 5, members. The Imam begins by explaining that all three heavenly religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, are sacred to them.
Many people are unaware of this fact, says Sarwar. Both of them believe that the school visits confirms their views that Norwegians in general have an inaccurate impression of Islam and Muslims. People are ignorant because they get their information from the media, and the media only write negatively about Islam. Only a handful of people were behind the movie about Mohammed in the U. So who was financing them, who was backing them? A big tip of the Bodissey pickelhaube to our commenter Jolie Rouge, who has provided us with a brand new acronym.
Note the aggressor is not named other than by geographical location e. North Africa, Afghanistan and surprisingly the inclusion of Turkey. Who will be the first major Western politician not counting Geert Wilders to break the greatest cultural taboo of our time, and mess around with JIM? Yesterday a group of Al Qaeda terrorists assaulted a natural gas plant in Algeria and killed two foreigners while taking 41 other hostage.
Today Algerian The Psychoanalyst - Success (4) - Social Network Junkies (CD forces staged a helicopter raid on the plant, killing a number of the hostages — between six and 34, depending on whose figures you believe — in the process of taking out the terrorists. I don't know how to drive out darkness except by light, either literal or figurative.
I do not know how to dispel hate, except by love and compassion. I do not know how to stop evil, especially irrational and heavily-armed evil, except by superior force. I believe in compassion to prevent hate and increase love. I believe in forgiveness to reduce stress and increase love. And I believe in taking dead aim on any demon-filled wacko who threatens me or my family. A warm gun is cold comfort, but I would rather go down fighting than cowering in the corner with my arms around my children and my back to the attacker.
And I am certainly willing to obtain all the licenses, training, and certifications necessary to make sure any potential thug or wacko looks somewhere else first. Wishing you love, light, and the means to preserve it. And if that means standing behind me, know that I am ready. Labels: Deep ThoughtsRants. Forgiveness for Good: the Stanford Forgiveness Project. Forgiveness does a body good. But you don't have to take my word for it.
Read the following with an eye toward launching on a slate wiped clean! Forgiveness leads to greater feelings of hope, peace, compassion and self confidence. Practicing forgiveness leads to healthy relationships as well as physical health.
It also influences our attitude which opens the heart to kindness, beauty, and love. Frederic Luskin presents the forgiveness training methodology that has been validated through six successful research studies conducted through the Stanford Forgiveness Projects" emphasis added. The process Dr Luskin has tested in a pilot study and 6 research projects is based on the following steps. Do try this at home! And if you would like a little extra incentive or motivation, here is my favorite song on the subject:.
Hat tip to UEd who said " Labels: Center. Tuesday, December 25, Advent Tree. Labels: GratitudeVisual Evidence. Christmas Labels: GratitudePurpose. Friday, December 21, Skulls, Flaming skulls, and Winged flaming skulls. This head-to-head comparison shows some interesting similarities between the brand new H-D th anniversary tank badge and the logo of the infamous Hell's Angels.
Do you think the similarity was intentional? Of course as we all know, skulls, flaming skulls, and winged flaming skulls symbolize a fraternal bond that will survive mortal death. See my related post HERE. Many brands and organizations have sought to use such symbols to inspire feelings of loyalty and devotion. I think the similarities are coincidental, but would I want a gang of Pagans to mistake my H-D tattoo for a Hell's Angels tattoo?
No, thank you. But that tank badge looks pretty sweet on the Road King gas tank Therefore we assume all life throughout the Universe is carbon-based and dependent upon liquid water, just like us. H a : Cause and effect are reversed. GOD is not the cause. GOD is the result or the destination Many, many different life forms exist. We The Psychoanalyst - Success (4) - Social Network Junkies (CD not recognize them all, and some may be more successful than others, yet all are one in shared motive.
Similarly, there are many paths to the destination of GOD. We do not recognize all of them, and some may be more effective than others, yet all are valid in shared intent. Labels: Deep ThoughtsIntrospectionSupport. Thursday, December 6, The 3 or 5? Cs of Life. If you are really like me, your desire to be Bond is not so secret.
Did you play this board game as a kid? And of course You have a poster of all the Bond girls. You don't have a poster of all 50 women three made multiple appearances who have played a feature role in a Bond movie either as Bond's love interest or his enemy and ultimately, his love interest anyway? Well, then, this is your lucky day! When you click on the link, a miniature poster opens.
Click the poster, and it expands to a view-able size. You're welcome. To push the point just a bit further, if you are like me and really, at this point, who wouldn't want to be like me, right? I'll give you a moment to collect your thoughts. PS--Luciana Paluzzi auditioned for the role of Domino, but was cast in the ultimately more intriguing role of Fiona.
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