Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Ray Stevens

  • Greatest Hits Vol. 2 [MCA, 1987] A-

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Greatest Hits Vol. 2 [MCA, 1987]
Not only does he lay off the "Everything Is Beautiful," his funny stuff is funny, presumably because he now buys from professionals--the three lamest cuts are the three oldest are the three he wrote himself. If you appreciate a fella who can imitate a chicken singing Glenn Miller and thinks his sweetie should love him because he can fart with his armpits, this'll make you laugh even after you know the jokes. Other selling points include the timely "Would Jesus Wear a Rolex," the timeless "Mama's in the Sky With Elvis," and "I Need Your Help Barry Manilow," homage from the man who wrote "Everything Is Beautiful." A-

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Distinctions Not Cost-Effective [1970s]: Like Jerry Reed, a novelty artist with lover-boy delusions, except that even when he was hot he was lukewarm.