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Ray Stevens...Unreal!!!

Ray Stevens...Unreal!!! was the seventh studio album of Ray Stevens and his second for Barnaby Records, released in 1970. Two singles ("America, Communicate With Me" and "Sunset Strip") were lifted from the album and were moderately successful on the Hot 100 pop singles chart. Each single reached the Top-20 on the Billboard Adult-Contemporary chart, indicating that Stevens' appeal, even as early as 1970, lay with the adult music buyers rather than the kids and teenagers. The tenth track was written by Ray's brother, John Ragsdale. For those who didn't already know, Ray's birth name is Harold Ray Ragsdale. When he became a recording artist in the late 1950s, he started going by the name of Ray Stevens. His stage name is derived from his own middle name, Ray, and his mother's maiden name of Stevens.

On May 17, 2005Collectables Records re-released this album and Stevens' previous album Everything Is Beautiful together on one CD.

Track listing[edit]Edit

Side 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sunset Strip"   Ray Stevens 3:37
2. "Can We Get to That"   Ray Stevens 3:21
3. "Imitation of Life"   Ray Stevens 3:08
4. "Night People"   Ray Stevens 3:22
5. "America, Communicate With Me"   Ray Stevens 3:06
Side 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Come Around"   B. Smith 2:48
2. "Loving You on Paper"   Ray Stevens 3:17
3. "Dream Girl"   Ray Stevens 2:35
4. "Monkey See, Monkey Do"   Ray Stevens 2:38
5. "Talking"   John Ragsdale 2:10
6. "Islands"   Ray Stevens 2:40

Album credits[edit]Edit

  • All songs arranged and produced by: Ray Stevens for Ahab Productions, Inc.
  • Engineer: Charlie Tallent
  • All songs published by: Ahab Music Co., Inc. (BMI)
  • Front cover photo: Keats Tyler
  • Back cover photo courtesy of NBC-TV


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1970 The Billboard 200 141

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1970 "America, Communicate With Me" Billboard Hot 100 45
1970 "America, Communicate With Me" Billboard Adult Contemporary 12
1970 "America, Communicate With Me" Canadian Singles Chart 34
1970 "Sunset Strip" Billboard Hot 100 81
1970 "Sunset Strip" Billboard Adult Contemporary 17
1970 "Sunset Strip" Canadian Singles Chart 68
1970 "Sunset Strip" Canadian RPM Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 30

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