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Best of Billy Joe Royal [Intersound]

Best of Billy Joe Royal [Intersound]

by Billy Joe RoyalBilly Joe Royal


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Billy Joe Royal took a Joe South song called "Down in the Boondocks," layered in enough echo to make a bat dizzy, and had a huge hit with it in the early '60s. With its wry awareness of American class dynamics and Royal's fervent, desperate lead vocal, the song holds up surprisingly well even in this new century. Unfortunately, the version of "Boondocks" found here is a re-recorded one, as are the versions of two other South songs that Royal took to the charts in the 1960s, "I Knew You When" and "Hush." Royal's voice is still impressively strong on these recent remakes, but the original recordings had a kind of freshness and punch that is lacking here.

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Product Details

Release Date: 04/26/2005
Label: Compendia
UPC: 0015095594525
catalogNumber: 5945
Rank: 1782


  1. Tell It Like It Is
  2. Down in the Boondocks
  3. 'Til I Can't Take It Anymore
  4. I'll Pin a Note on Your Pillow
  5. Love Has No Right
  6. It Keeps Right on Hurtin'
  7. I Knew You When
  8. Hush
  9. Baby Have Mercy on You
  10. One Too Many

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Joe Royal   Primary Artist
Brian Barnett   Drums
Mike Douchette   Steel Guitar
Sonny Garrish   Steel Guitar
Bill Hullett   Electric Guitar
Clayton Ivey   Keyboards
George Pendergrass   Background Vocals
Ron Reynolds   Percussion,Electric Guitar
Bob Wray   Bass
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Larry Beard   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Pal Rakes   Composer
Billy Joe Royal   Composer
Dobie Gray   Composer
Joe South   Composer
Johnny Tillotson   Composer
George Davis   Composer
Don Goodman   Composer
Nelson Larkin   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Clyde Otis   Composer
Bud Reneau   Composer
Randy Scruggs   Composer
George Collier   Executive Producer
Lee Diamond   Composer

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