The Very Best of Ray Stevens is a collection of 12 previously released singles that were hits for novelty/country artist, Ray Stevens;[2] it was released in December 1975 by Barnaby Records. While this collection has more emphasis on Stevens' hits for Barnaby, it also contains three from the label of Monument Records ("Unwind," "Mr. Businessman," and "Gitarzan") and two from Mercury Records (Stevens' first label). The version of "Mr. Businessman" is the single release. "Gitarzan" is the album version that begins with an audience cheering and applauding. "Ahab the Arab" is the original recording that was released by Mercury (Stevens had re-recorded the song for his album Gitarzan in 1969).


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Track listing[edit]Edit

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Misty"   Erroll GarnerJohnny Burke 2:53
2. "Unwind"   Ray Stevens 3:05
3. "Turn Your Radio On"   Albert E. Brumley 2:09
4. "Everything Is Beautiful"   Ray Stevens 3:29
5. "Mr. Businessman"   Ray Stevens 3:39
6. "Indian Love Call"   Rudolph FainlOtto HarbachOscar Hammerstein II 3:26
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Streak"   Ray Stevens 3:15
2. "Jeremiah Peabody's Poly-Unsaturated Quick Dissolving Fast Acting Pleasant Tasting Green and Purple Pills"   Ray Stevens 2:22
3. "Nashville"   Ray Stevens 3:05
4. "Moonlight Special"   Ray Stevens 3:47
5. "Gitarzan"   Ray StevensBill Everette 3:13
6. "Ahab the Arab"   Ray Stevens 3:45

Album credits[edit]Edit

  • All tunes except for the eighth and twelfth tracks were arranged and produced by Ray Stevens for AHAB Productions, Inc.
  • "Jeremiah Peabody" and "Ahab the Arab" were produced by Shelby Singleton
  • Barnaby Records is distributed by Janus Records, a Division of GRT Corporation
  • Album sequencing: Ed DeJoy
  • Album Coordination: Allan Mason and Terry Droltz


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1975 The Billboard 200 173
1975 Billboard Top Country Albums 19

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