August 27, 2002
Taragon Records
Country, Country Soul, Soul, Country-Pop, AM Pop

Album Review

The Very Best of: The Columbia Years 1965-1971 provides an adequate representation of singer Billy Joe Royal's pop/soul output prior to his mid-'80s country comeback. These 23 tracks include the original versions of his '60s hits "Down in the Boondocks" and "Cherry Hill Park," along with the lesser-known "I Knew You When," "I've Got to Be Somebody," and Joe South's tune "Yo-Yo" (which became a Top Five hit for the Osmonds in 1971). This a quality single-disc compilation highlighting Royal's output with Columbia.
Al Campbell, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Down in the Boondocks
  2. I Knew You When
  3. I've Got to Be Somebody
  4. It's a Good Time
  5. Heart's Desire
  6. (You Better Go Join The) Campfire Girls
  7. Yo-Yo
  8. Everything Turned Blue
  9. The Greatest Love
  10. These Are Not My People
  11. Hush
  12. Don't You Be Ashamed
  13. Storybook Children
  14. Gabriel
  15. Nobody Loves You But Me
  16. Cherry Hill Park
  17. Me Without You
  18. Every Night
  19. (Don't Let Sun Set on You In) Tulsa
  20. Poor Little Pearl
  21. We Go Back
  22. Family
  23. Child of Mine