The Very Best of: The Columbia Years 1965-1971
provides an adequate representation of singer Billy Joe Royal
's pop/soul output prior to his mid-'80s country comeback. These 23 tracks include the original versions of his '60s hits "Down in the Boondocks" and "Cherry Hill Park," along with the lesser-known "I Knew You When," "I've Got to Be Somebody," and Joe South
's tune "Yo-Yo" (which became a Top Five hit for the Osmonds
in 1971). This a quality single-disc compilation highlighting Royal
's output with Columbia.