Me (Ray Stevens album)

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Me
Studio album by
Released1983[1]
GenreCountry
LabelMercury
ProducerJerry Kennedy and Ray Stevens
Ray Stevens chronology
Greatest Hits
(1983)
Me
(1983)
He Thinks He's Ray Stevens
(1984)

Me was Ray Stevens' twentieth studio album and his third and final for Mercury Records, released in 1983. In 1982, Stevens returned briefly to Mercury to record this album (his first for that label in 20 years) before moving to MCA Records in 1984. The front of the album cover shows Stevens portraying a painter painting a self-portrait; while the back shows the finished portrait on a table along with a second self-portrait that is sketched by pencil, a cup filled with paint brushes, the paint tray, tubes of paint, a small glass filled with water and a rose, and a lamp. Two singles were lifted from the album: "Love Will Beat Your Brains Out" (which unfortunately did not chart) and "My Dad."

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Love Will Beat Your Brains Out"Ray Stevens3:18
2."Mary Lou Nights"Ray Stevens3:26
3."Special Anniversary"C.W. Kalb, Jr., Carlene Kalb, Ray Stevens2:37
4."Piedmont Park"C.W. Kalb, Jr., Carlene Kalb4:00
5."Me"Ray Stevens3:36
Side 2
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."My Dad"Dale Gonyea4:09
2."Yolanda"J. Hooper, K. Sutherland3:28
3."Piece of Paradise Called Tennessee"Ray Stevens3:13
4."Kings and Queens"Ray Stevens4:06
5."Game Show Love"Ray Stevens2:52

Personnel[edit]

  • Produced by: Jerry Kennedy and Ray Stevens
  • Arranged by: Ray Stevens
  • Recorded and mixed at Ray Stevens Studio, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Engineer: Stuart Keathley
  • Mastered at Disc Mastering, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee
  • Mastering Engineer: Randy Kling

Musicians

  • Piano, Rhodes and Gleemon Synthesizer: Rodger Morris
  • Other Synthesizers: Ray Stevens
  • Bass: Jack Williams
  • Drums: Jerry Carrigan (except "Mary Lou Nights"), James Stroud
  • Electric Guitars: Steve Gibson, John Clausi
  • Acoustic Guitars: Mark Casstevens
  • Percussion, Harmonica, and Jews Harp: Terry McMillan
  • Steel Guitar and Dobro: Weldon Myrick
  • Strings: Nashville String Machine
  • Background Vocals: the Cherry Sisters (Sheri Huffman, Diane Tidwell, Lisa Silver), Alan Moore, Hurshel Wiginton, Suzi Ragsdale (on "Love Will Beat Your Brains Out")
  • Female Vocal on "Yolanda": Suzi Ragsdale
  • Photography: Slick Lawson
  • Paintings and Sketches: Susan Scott

Chart performance[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions
US Country
1984 "My Dad" 64

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LP Discography: Ray Stevens". LP Discography. Retrieved November 7, 2011.