Radio Days, Vol. 1

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
If you are a country music fan, especially classic country music fan, than you no doubt have a strong opinion on Jim Reeves. He's either the Caruso of the genre or a pop sellout who brought about the ruin of the original, raw honky-tonk music, along with Chet Atkins, in favor of the countrypolitan sound. For those in the latter group, one listen to these radio transcriptions will change your mind forever. They were recorded for a show called "Country Music Time" for the U.S. Air Force over a period of a decade or so. These shows have long been buried in the Reeves vault, and were released to the folks at Bear Family by Mary Reeves, Jim's widow. Here's the rub: most of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
If you are a country music fan, especially classic country music fan, than you no doubt have a strong opinion on Jim Reeves. He's either the Caruso of the genre or a pop sellout who brought about the ruin of the original, raw honky-tonk music, along with Chet Atkins, in favor of the countrypolitan sound. For those in the latter group, one listen to these radio transcriptions will change your mind forever. They were recorded for a show called "Country Music Time" for the U.S. Air Force over a period of a decade or so. These shows have long been buried in the Reeves vault, and were released to the folks at Bear Family by Mary Reeves, Jim's widow. Here's the rub: most of the tunes here will be well known to Reeves fans. There are classics such as "Am I Losing You," "Yonder Comes a Sucker," "Evening Prayer," "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You," "Four Walls," "Blue Boy," "Til The End of the World," and dozens of others. But there are also songs that even fans don't associate with Reeves that make their debuts here, many of them not on his recordings. The stunningly beautiful version of Woody Guthrie's "Oklahoma Hills" is one, and also his versions of Jimmy Rodgers' tunes, like "Waitin' for a Train," and Leon Payne's "Pride Comes Before a Fall." There are often two or three versions of a single tune like "Am I Losing You" or Roger Miller's "Billy Bayou," and two of "Evening Prayer." But in the different versions, recorded over the years, what becomes readily apparent is the change in Reeves' singing style -- it become a gorgeous strolling country baritone that effortlessly glides from one place to the next without jumping for a note. These latter performances are deeply moving for their range and diversity, but also for their considerable soulfulness. Another myth the box dispels is that Reeves was a studio construct. All of these sessions were recorded live, with cats who weren't usually part of his regular band. Literally, these shows were made with Nashville sessionmen learning the music on the fly, or performers who were familiar with it from some other source. Live Reeves is devastating in his originality and in his ability to communicate even the corniest lyric, such as Fred Rose's "Roly Poly." And on the ballads that were later layered in syrup by Atkins on studio recordings, such as "Anna Marie," and "Am I Losing You?," Reeves reaches deep into his gut for the right inflection to make the song authentic. Also, on "He'll Have to Go" and "Making Believe," the artist, according to Johnny Cash, had the servicemen silent and on the edge of their seats. Here too, these performances may just be the definitive recorded ones. An added bonus to the Reeves performances is the appearance of special guests on the radio programs, such as the Louvin brothers, Atkins, Jean Shepard, Wanda Jones (singing the hell out of Tompall Glaser's "You're Making a Fool out of Me"), pedal steel giant Del Wood, Tommy Jackson, Archie Campbell, and many others, including, of course, the Blue Boys. Given that the song repetition isn't a nuisance -- and it cannot be stressed enough what a boon it actually is -- the only sticking point on the set is the continued use of the intro and outro of the theme to mark each new show. This does indeed get old, hearing the traditional "Beaumont Rag" throughout the set. That's what a remote control is for, however, and the skip button becomes a handy tool. But this is a small annoyance when the listener gets nearly 100 stellar Reeves performances, a couple of handfuls of other rare country classics, priceless documentation by Larry Jordan, and a slew of photographs on four pristinely mastered CDs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/26/1999
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127162748
  • Catalog Number: 16274
  • Sales rank: 207,590

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Beaumont Rag/Intro (0:36)
  2. 2 Roly Poly (2:01)
  3. 3 Am I Losing You? (2:49)
  4. 4 Chet Atkins: Portuguese Washerwoman (1:57)
  5. 5 The Wind-Up Doll (2:00)
  6. 6 Yonder Comes A Sucker (1:55)
  7. 7 Beaumont Rag/Outro (0:34)
  8. 8 Beaumont Rag/Intro (0:37)
  9. 9 Breeze (Blow My Baby Back to Me) (2:16)
  10. 10 According To My Heart (2:43)
  11. 11 Del Wood: Raggin' The Keys (1:10)
  12. 12 Beyond A Shadow Of A Doubt (2:18)
  13. 13 An Evening Prayer (2:26)
  14. 14 Beaumont Rag/Outro (0:33)
  15. 15 Beaumont Rag/Intro (0:36)
  16. 16 Oklahoma Hills (2:06)
  17. 17 Am I Losing You? (2:56)
  18. 18 Jean Shepard: I Didn't Know The Gun Was Loaded - Jean Shepard (2:56)
  19. 19 Your Old Love Letters - Jean Shepard (2:50)
  20. 20 Beaumont Rag/Outro (0:34)
  21. 21 Beaumont Rag/Intro (0:35)
  22. 22 According To My Heart (1:50)
  23. 23 Anna Marie (2:39)
  24. 24 Benny Martin: Border Baby (2:44)
  25. 25 I Love You More (2:34)
  26. 26 Waiting For A Train (0:55)
  27. 27 Beaumont Rag/Outro (0:34)
  28. 28 Jim Reeves Interview With Don Davis (5:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Beaumont Rag/Intro (0:36)
  2. 2 Billy Bayou (2:39)
  3. 3 I'd Like To Be (2:03)
  4. 4 Blue Boys: Midnight in Old Amarillo - The Blue Boys (1:39)
  5. 5 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (1:37)
  6. 6 Blue Boy (1:52)
  7. 7 Beaumont Rag/Outro (0:34)
  8. 8 Beaumont Rag/Intro (0:36)
  9. 9 I Get The Blues When It Rains (2:06)
  10. 10 Theme of Love (I Love to Say I Love You) (2:05)
  11. 11 Blue Boy (1:54)
  12. 12 Blue Boys: Bud's Bounce - The Blue Boys (1:38)
  13. 13 Am I Losing You? (2:30)
  14. 14 Beaumont Rag/Outro (0:33)
  15. 15 Beaumont Rag/Intro (0:36)
  16. 16 Billy Bayou (2:21)
  17. 17 Am I Losing You? (3:29)
  18. 18 Louvin Brothers: Blue from Now On (2:36)
  19. 19 Blue Boy (2:11)
  20. 20 Beaumont Rag/Outro (0:34)
  21. 21 Beaumont Rag/Intro (0:35)
  22. 22 Bimbo (2:40)
  23. 23 Anna Marie (2:48)
  24. 24 Donna Darlene: Yes, There's A Reason (2:21)
  25. 25 I'd Like To Be (2:11)
  26. 26 Beaumont Rag/Outro (0:34)
  27. 27 Beaumont Rag/Intro (0:35)
  28. 28 'Til the End of the World (2:19)
  29. 29 Making Believe (3:49)
  30. 30 Just Call Me Lonesome (2:34)
  31. 31 Beaumont Rag/Outro (0:30)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Beaumont Rag/Intro (0:36)
  2. 2 Blue Boy (2:01)
  3. 3 If Heartaches Are the Fashion (3:03)
  4. 4 The Harvey June Van: The Butcher Boy (3:33)
  5. 5 Streets of Laredo (1:12)
  6. 6 Beaumont Rag/Outro (0:33)
  7. 7 Beaumont Rag/Intro (0:35)
  8. 8 Billy Bayou (1:50)
  9. 9 I'm Beginning To Forget You (2:28)
  10. 10 Wanda Jones: You're Making A Fool Out Of Me (2:06)
  11. 11 Mexican Joe (2:37)
  12. 12 Home (1:47)
  13. 13 Beaumont Rag/Outro (0:33)
  14. 14 Beaumont Rag/Intro (0:36)
  15. 15 Blue Boy (2:13)
  16. 16 He'll Have To Go (2:49)
  17. 17 Carl Butler: I know What It Means To Be Lonesome (2:40)
  18. 18 Honey, Won't You Please Come Home? (2:27)
  19. 19 Beaumont Rag/Outro (0:34)
  20. 20 Beaumont Rag/Intro (0:36)
  21. 21 I Know One (2:11)
  22. 22 He'll Have To Go (2:31)
  23. 23 Anita Kerr Singers: Forever - The Anita Kerr Singers (2:36)
  24. 24 Tommy Jackson: Sally Goodin (1:43)
  25. 25 Billy Bayou (1:46)
  26. 26 Beaumont Rag/Outro (0:32)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Beaumont Rag/Intro (0:35)
  2. 2 Billy Bayou (2:06)
  3. 3 Four Walls (5:04)
  4. 4 Archie Campbell: Make Friends - Archie Campbell (2:45)
  5. 5 Beaumont Rag/Outro (0:34)
  6. 6 Beaumont Rag/Intro (0:36)
  7. 7 I Get The Blues When It Rains (2:06)
  8. 8 He'll Have To Go (2:01)
  9. 9 Stringbean: Barnyard Banjo Pickin' (2:21)
  10. 10 I Don't See Me in Your Eyes Anymore (2:39)
  11. 11 An Evening Prayer (1:44)
  12. 12 Beaumont Rag/Outro (0:33)
  13. 13 Beaumont Rag/Intro (0:36)
  14. 14 Billy Bayou (1:54)
  15. 15 Am I Losing You? (2:55)
  16. 16 Blue Boys: Wheels - The Blue Boys (2:16)
  17. 17 Then I'll Stop Loving You (2:06)
  18. 18 Beaumont Rag/Outro (0:33)
  19. 19 Beaumont Rag/Intro (0:40)
  20. 20 Your Old Love Letters (2:37)
  21. 21 It's Nothin' To Me (2:46)
  22. 22 Dee Don: Then I'll Be Happy (2:51)
  23. 23 Blue Boys: San Antonio Rose - The Blue Boys (1:22)
  24. 24 What Would You Do? (0:58)
  25. 25 Beaumont Rag/Outro (0:33)
  26. 26 Beaumont Rag/Intro (0:35)
  27. 27 I'm Gonna Change Everything (2:21)
  28. 28 Four Walls (2:54)
  29. 29 In a Mansion Stands My Love (1:49)
  30. 30 Blue Boys: Wheels - The Blue Boys (2:13)
  31. 31 Pride Goes Before A Fall (1:42)
  32. 32 Beaumont Rag/Outro (0:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jim Reeves Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Chet Atkins Contributor
Benny Martin Composer, Contributor
Jim Reeves Composer
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Johnny Russell Composer
Roger Miller Composer
Justin Tubb Composer
Tompall Glaser Composer
Jimmy Day Contributor
Leon Payne Composer
Stringbean Contributor
Cindy Walker Composer
Johnny Bond Composer
Archie Campbell Contributor
Del Wood Composer, Contributor
Carl Butler Contributor
Jean Shepard Contributor
Joe Allison Composer
The Anita Kerr Singers Contributor
Bennie Benjamin Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Jack Clement Composer
Bobby Dyson Contributor
Joe Goodwin Composer
Joe Hanley Composer
Leo Jackson Contributor
Tommy Jackson Contributor
Buddy Killen Composer
Ira Louvin Contributor
Charlie Louvin Contributor
Ballard MacDonald Composer
Marvin Moore Composer
Fred Rose Composer
Wayne Walker Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Bob Wills Composer
Alex Zanetis Composer
André Popp Composer
David Akeman Composer
Ted Daffan Composer
Martin Greene Composer
Gary Walker Composer
Jack Fulton Composer
Pat Patterson Composer
Rex Griffin Composer
Billy Harlan Contributor
Vaughn Horton Composer
Bud Isaacs Composer
Peewee Kershaw Contributor
Dean Manuel Contributor
Royce Morgan Contributor
Mitchell Torok Composer
Jimmy Work Composer
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Mel Rogers Contributor
Jim Leisy Composer
Luke McDaniel Composer
Lois Steele Composer
Harry Stoddard Composer
Scotty Wiseman Composer
Larry Jordan Liner Notes
Audrey Allison Composer
Hugh Ashley Composer
Theda Daffan Composer
Wolfgang Taubenauer Artwork
Traditional Composer
Rod Morris Composer
George Campbell Composer
Dee & Don Contributor
Herbert Leventhal Composer
Marcy Klauber Composer
Roger Lucchesi Composer
Don Grashey Composer
C. Gabriel Battersby Composer
Donna Darlene Contributor
Willie Phelps Composer
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