‘Encyclopedia of Recorded Comedy Music’ CD Review

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March 23, 2012

Ray Stevens serves up comedy cornucopia from radio’s rib-tickling past

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The Encyclopedia of Recorded Comedy Music
Ray Stevens
CD ($79.99)

Long known as a court jester in country music, Stevens expands his sphere of silliness by re-recording a comedic cornucopia of 100 classic rib-tickling, goofy, or otherwise just plain fun tunes from radio’s past. In addition to putting new smile-inducing shines “Alley Oop,” “Dang Me,” Henry the Eighth,” “I’m My Own Grandpa,” “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Splish Splash,” “Monster Mash” and many other memorably nutty pop nuggets, Stevens also includes a bonus disc of his own zany tunes (“Ahab the Arab,” “Gitarzan,” “The Streak”) and a booklet of info about the songs, writers and artists who made the 1950s and ’60s such a fertile time for musical wackiness.
 
Buy it at http://www.raystevens.com

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