Cat Daddy Productions released, through the services of Mixonic.com, a
series of nine custom-manufactured compact discs featuring almost all
of Ray Bourbon's recorded legacy. These CD's were only available for a
limited time as a special collector's edition for Bourbon
CD's are currently out of print. However, Ray's recordings are
available at archive.org for free download at the link below:
Listing of Ray Bourbon recordings at archive.org
CD's were mastered from almost eight hours of vintage recordings generously
provided to this project by collectors including Dr. Demento, Don Romesburg,
Charles C. Cage, Jim Schulman, and Sara Hassen.
reference, an outline of the contents of this CD series is shown below.
UTC Recordings: Volume 1
first CD in the series includes the complete contents of Ray's first
two UTC LP's. An Evening in Copenhagen is a mix of tracks originally
released on 78 and newer material recorded for the album. It includes
tracks such as "The Wedding", an extended story about a 1920's Gay
wedding that took place in Chicago and the classic "Give, Sister,
Give", a parody of street missionaries.
You're Stepping on My Eyelashes featuring "Queen of the YMCA"
and many others, was one of his most popular albums.
(Running time: 58:24)
UTC Recordings: Volume 2
second and third album Ray recorded on the UTC label.
Don't Call Me Madam features songs and routines that were a
part of Ray's Carnegie Hall performance, including the "Family Trilogy"
("Sunday Drive," "The Cafeteria", "Bed-Time Story") that has Ray playing
the part of an outrageous and bossy wife.
Girl of the Golden West includes material with a Western theme,
including "To Hell with the Range" and "Horse Opera". A skewed look
at life on the plains by Texas native, Ray.
(Running time 57:27)
UTC Recordings: Volume 3
fifth and sixth entry in Ray's series of UTC releases.
Bourbon 100 Proof is a classic Ray Bourbon effort that features
his take on "Hamlet's Soliloquy", from a drag point of view.
One on the Aisle is a shorter-length LP includes Ray's parodies
of opera and the theatre such as "Carmen".
(Running time 42:14)
UTC Recordings: Volume 4
seventh and eighth UTC albums by Ray.
Let Me Tell You About My Operation is Ray's most infamous and
sought-after recording with its hilarious title track and energetic
Around the World in 80 Ways consists of songs and sketches
with an international theme, including "Russian Refugee" and the outstanding
track, "The Fortune Teller", where Ray reads the stars and planets
just for you.
(Running time 53:44)
UTC Recordings: Volume 5
last two UTC albums released by Ray.
Hollywood Expose features a number of tracks dealing with the
Hollywood scene. "Last of the Bobby Soxers" looks at the stars from
the viewpoint of a fan; "Tessie, the Messy Extra" is a great routine
about working in the biz.
Ladies of Burlesque is an album that includes songs and routines
dealing with the theme of nightclubs and showbusiness. The LP includes
Ray's thoughts on growing older in "Forty-Five".
(Running time 62:26)
This is Ray Bourbon
of Ray's best and most rare material.
Yes! This is Ray Bourbon is an ultra-rare LP (only two copies
are known to exist!) that was possibly issued as a promo item around
1954. It consists of two, full-length nightclub shows by Ray, recorded
live, at the peak of his career.
As bonus tracks, the CD includes four sides from Ray's Lasses 45's. These were issued in New Orleans in the early sixties and include
Ray running through some classic numbers with a Dixieland band.
Finally, a previously unreleased live recording, "Untitled",
put on tape at a party in New Orleans around 1965. Ray performs two
extended, hilarious routines (one, about a "peeping Tom" couple and
a rendition of "The Neighbor's Party") and includes some comments
about the party.
(Running time 59:10)
Trick Ain't Always a Treat
collectors, we offer some lesser Ray material from later in his career.
While not as well-known as his classic UTC LP's and 78's, the material
is interesting to see how Ray re-worked older routines for different
A Trick Ain't Always a Treat was recorded in the 1960's at
the Jewel Box in Kansas City and includes two complete shows by Ray.
These include "Three Girls at a Matinee" and a routine about American
history, along with many short jokes and one-liners. The style is
closer to some of the risque party records of the 1960's.
As a bonus, we include four more sides from Ray's Lasses 45's,
issued in New Orleans in the early 60's. These feature Ray running
through some of his old tunes with a Dixieland jazz band and two surreal
tracks, "Barbary Coast" and "The Party", that sound like Ray wandering
through the crowd cracking one-liners.
(Running time 53:49)
First Piece: Best of the 78's, Vol 1
collection of great Ray Bourbon 78's from the 30's and 40's. This
collection concentrates on the Bourbana and Liberty Music Shop releases.
Please note that the sound quality varies, due to availability of
(Running time 51:47)
Opera: Best of the 78's, Vol 2
second collection of Ray's best 78 releases from the 1940's. This
group focuses on tracks from the New Bourbon and Imperial labels.
Please note that the sound quality of these tracks varies, due to
the wide range of source material used.
(Running time 44:26)