Radio Days, Vol. 1

Radio Days, Vol. 1

by Jim Reeves
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/26/1999
Label:
Bear Family
UPC:
4000127162748
catalogNumber:
16274
Rank:
320501

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Beaumont Rag/Intro
  2. Roly Poly
  3. Am I Losing You?
  4. Chet Atkins: Portuguese Washerwoman
  5. The Wind-Up Doll
  6. Yonder Comes A Sucker
  7. Beaumont Rag/Outro
  8. Beaumont Rag/Intro
  9. Breeze (Blow My Baby Back to Me)
  10. According To My Heart
  11. Del Wood: Raggin' The Keys
  12. Beyond A Shadow Of A Doubt
  13. An Evening Prayer
  14. Beaumont Rag/Outro
  15. Beaumont Rag/Intro
  16. Oklahoma Hills
  17. Am I Losing You?
  18. Jean Shepard: I Didn't Know The Gun Was Loaded
  19. Your Old Love Letters
  20. Beaumont Rag/Outro
  21. Beaumont Rag/Intro
  22. According To My Heart
  23. Anna Marie
  24. Benny Martin: Border Baby
  25. I Love You More
  26. Waiting For A Train
  27. Beaumont Rag/Outro
  28. Jim Reeves Interview With Don Davis

Disc 2

  1. Beaumont Rag/Intro
  2. Billy Bayou
  3. I'd Like To Be
  4. Blue Boys: Midnight in Old Amarillo
  5. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
  6. Blue Boy
  7. Beaumont Rag/Outro
  8. Beaumont Rag/Intro
  9. I Get The Blues When It Rains
  10. Theme of Love (I Love to Say I Love You)
  11. Blue Boy
  12. Blue Boys: Bud's Bounce
  13. Am I Losing You?
  14. Beaumont Rag/Outro
  15. Beaumont Rag/Intro
  16. Billy Bayou
  17. Am I Losing You?
  18. Louvin Brothers: Blue from Now On
  19. Blue Boy
  20. Beaumont Rag/Outro
  21. Beaumont Rag/Intro
  22. Bimbo
  23. Anna Marie
  24. Donna Darlene: Yes, There's A Reason
  25. I'd Like To Be
  26. Beaumont Rag/Outro
  27. Beaumont Rag/Intro
  28. 'Til the End of the World
  29. Making Believe
  30. Just Call Me Lonesome
  31. Beaumont Rag/Outro

Disc 3

  1. Beaumont Rag/Intro
  2. Blue Boy
  3. If Heartaches Are the Fashion
  4. The Harvey June Van: The Butcher Boy
  5. Streets of Laredo
  6. Beaumont Rag/Outro
  7. Beaumont Rag/Intro
  8. Billy Bayou
  9. I'm Beginning To Forget You
  10. Wanda Jones: You're Making A Fool Out Of Me
  11. Mexican Joe
  12. Home
  13. Beaumont Rag/Outro
  14. Beaumont Rag/Intro
  15. Blue Boy
  16. He'll Have To Go
  17. Carl Butler: I know What It Means To Be Lonesome
  18. Honey, Won't You Please Come Home?
  19. Beaumont Rag/Outro
  20. Beaumont Rag/Intro
  21. I Know One
  22. He'll Have To Go
  23. Anita Kerr Singers: Forever
  24. Tommy Jackson: Sally Goodin
  25. Billy Bayou
  26. Beaumont Rag/Outro

Disc 4

  1. Beaumont Rag/Intro
  2. Billy Bayou
  3. Four Walls
  4. Archie Campbell: Make Friends
  5. Beaumont Rag/Outro
  6. Beaumont Rag/Intro
  7. I Get The Blues When It Rains
  8. He'll Have To Go
  9. Stringbean: Barnyard Banjo Pickin'
  10. I Don't See Me in Your Eyes Anymore
  11. An Evening Prayer
  12. Beaumont Rag/Outro
  13. Beaumont Rag/Intro
  14. Billy Bayou
  15. Am I Losing You?
  16. Blue Boys: Wheels
  17. Then I'll Stop Loving You
  18. Beaumont Rag/Outro
  19. Beaumont Rag/Intro
  20. Your Old Love Letters
  21. It's Nothin' To Me
  22. Dee Don: Then I'll Be Happy
  23. Blue Boys: San Antonio Rose
  24. What Would You Do?
  25. Beaumont Rag/Outro
  26. Beaumont Rag/Intro
  27. I'm Gonna Change Everything
  28. Four Walls
  29. In a Mansion Stands My Love
  30. Blue Boys: Wheels
  31. Pride Goes Before A Fall
  32. Beaumont Rag/Outro

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
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 and His Texas Playboys   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
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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