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Review Text 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. ~ Steve Leggett

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  1. 1. Tell It Like It Is - 3:07
  2. 2. Down in the Boondocks - 3:39
  3. 3. 'Til I Can't Take It Anymore - 4:03
  4. 4. I'll Pin a Note on Your Pillow - 4:14
  5. 5. Love Has No Right - 3:21
  6. 6. It Keeps Right on Hurtin' - 3:02
  7. 7. I Knew You When - 3:38
  8. 8. Hush - 3:58
  9. 9. Baby Have Mercy on You - 3:07
  10. 10. One Too Many - 3:26

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