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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Release Date: 04/26/2005
Label: Compendia
UPC: 0015095594525
catalogNumber: 5945
Rank: 9667

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