Ray Parker, Jr.

The Best of Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio

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Another faulty compilation wrapped in unflattering packaging, The Best of Ray Parker, Jr. & Raydio includes 14 tracks, leading off with the mega-hit "Ghostbusters" (ugh, of course) and closing with the undervalued "For Those Who Like to Groove," from his third album with Raydio. In between is a patchwork selection of cuts from all of Parker's albums through 1985's Sex and the Single Man, though only one track appears off that album and the one before it, 1983's Woman Out of Control. That means that the disc includes a fair amount of material from his Raydio days (at least two songs from each of the four albums), which is definitely a good thing, but there's just not enough to make it a thoroughly representative best-of. In its defense, it does include all of the biggest chart hits, and will therefore serve its purpose to the most casual fans.

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