- Released: September 10, 2002
- Label: Varese Sarabande
- 1.Ahab the Arab
- 2.Harry the Hairy Ape
- 4.Mr. Businessman
- 5.Isn't It Lonely Together
- 7.Along Came Jones
- 8.Sunday Morning Coming Down
- 9.Everything Is Beautiful
- 10.Turn Your Radio On
- 11.The Streak
Producers: Ray Stevens, Fred Foster, Jim Malloy.
Compilation producer: Cary E. Mansfield.
Includes liner notes by Howard Evets.
This is part of Varese Sarabande's Five Star Collection.
Liner Note Author: Howard Evets.
Arranger: Ray Stevens.
12 Hits: Five Star Collection is a budget-priced, single-disc overview of the king of country novelty records, Ray Stevens. His biggest early hits -- "Ahab the Arab," "Gitarzan," and "The Streak" -- are included along with his straight country chart hits, "Misty," "Turn Your Radio On," and his 1971 international chart-topper "Everything Is Beautiful." The combination of silly and sedate material provides a rare glimpse of Stevens' full range as a songwriter and vocalist. ~ Al Campbell