Radio Days, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Greg Adams
Radio transcriptions are recordings created expressly for radio broadcast. They were once the prevailing form of pre-recorded music on radio -- cut in studios, pressed on high-fidelity transcription discs, and distributed by subscription to radio stations. The programs, typically 15 minutes in length, gave the on-air personalities a break and brought a wider variety of music to radio listeners than might otherwise be available. Jim Reeves, like practically every major artist of his day, recorded many sessions for transcription services and government agencies such as the military and the Treasury Department. These efforts make attractive reissue fodder for record labels ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Adams
Radio transcriptions are recordings created expressly for radio broadcast. They were once the prevailing form of pre-recorded music on radio -- cut in studios, pressed on high-fidelity transcription discs, and distributed by subscription to radio stations. The programs, typically 15 minutes in length, gave the on-air personalities a break and brought a wider variety of music to radio listeners than might otherwise be available. Jim Reeves, like practically every major artist of his day, recorded many sessions for transcription services and government agencies such as the military and the Treasury Department. These efforts make attractive reissue fodder for record labels because they fall within the public domain -- labels pay publishing royalties on the songs, but no licensing fees for the recordings themselves because they weren't intended for commercial release and fall outside of contractual bounds. Transcriptions can be an interesting sidebar to an artist's commercial recordings, with entertaining banter, unique performances, and even renditions of songs the artist never otherwise recorded. Radio Days, Vol. 2 is the second four-disc Bear Family box set devoted to Reeves' radio transcriptions. These are complete 15-minute programs starring Reeves, originally broadcast to promote military recruitment. The set contains 17 such programs, complete with intros and outros, as well as a commercial Reeves did for Purina chicken feed. Reeves performs most of the songs himself, but allows his sidemen the occasional instrumental showcase. Guest artists join Reeves on several programs, including the Louvin Brothers, Jimmy Dean, Benny Martin, Faron Young, Ernest Tubb and a young Johnny Rivers. The 15-minute format, with its recurring theme music, makes the box set seem very repetitive, an impression only exacerbated by the frequent reappearance of Reeves' most popular songs. There are five performances of "Four Walls" and four of "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You," among others. Reeves' spoken remarks are often humorous because he seems to have no idea what he's about to say while he's saying it. The accompanying 24-page booklet describes the transcription sessions as whirlwinds of activity during which the artists had only an hour to script and record each program, so it is understandable how one could become scatterbrained under such conditions. The guest spots offer a nice change of pace and are themselves fascinating and rare recordings of famous country stars. The box set was mastered from original vinyl transcription discs, which results in rough sound quality in spots, but Bear Family has a reputation for attention to detail and mostly rises to the occasion. Radio Days, Vol. 2 is for Reeves' most ardent fans, those who will enjoy scrutinizing the differences between multiple performances of the same songs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2001
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127162823
  • Catalog Number: 16282
  • Sales rank: 308,329

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stay a Little Longer (0:50)
  2. 2 Tweedle O'Twill (2:22)
  3. 3 Each Time You Leave (2:29)
  4. 4 I've Lived a Lot in My Time (2:42)
  5. 5 My Lips Are Sealed (2:33)
  6. 6 Outro (0:43)
  7. 7 Stay a Little Longer/Intro (0:36)
  8. 8 Roly Poly (2:07)
  9. 9 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (2:44)
  10. 10 It Is No Secret (2:58)
  11. 11 Yonder Comes a Sucker (1:42)
  12. 12 Outro (0:42)
  13. 13 Stay a Little Longer/Intro (0:39)
  14. 14 Each Time You Leave (2:33)
  15. 15 Everywhere You Go (2:24)
  16. 16 Where Does a Broken Heart Go? (2:23)
  17. 17 Yonder Comes a Sucker (2:04)
  18. 18 Outro (0:42)
  19. 19 Stay a Little Longer/Intro (0:59)
  20. 20 Waiting for a Train (2:19)
  21. 21 Am I Losing You? (2:45)
  22. 22 My Lips Are Sealed (2:20)
  23. 23 Steelin' Home - Jimmy Day (1:11)
  24. 24 According to My Heart (1:24)
  25. 25 Outro (0:43)
  26. 26 Stay a Little Longer/Intro (0:36)
  27. 27 Waiting for a Train (2:35)
  28. 28 Four Walls (2:46)
  29. 29 How Many? (2:50)
  30. 30 Kentucky Waltz (2:25)
  31. 31 Outro (0:36)
  32. 32 Stay a Little Longer/Intro (0:40)
  33. 33 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (2:56)
  34. 34 Mexican Joe (1:18)
  35. 35 Blues in My Heart (3:02)
  36. 36 I Get the Blues When It Rains (2:56)
  37. 37 Outro (0:32)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Stay a Little Longer/Intro (0:55)
  2. 2 Everywhere You Go (1:56)
  3. 3 If Heartaches Are the Fashion (3:14)
  4. 4 While You're Cheating on Me - The Louvin Brothers (2:11)
  5. 5 Home (2:13)
  6. 6 Outro (0:42)
  7. 7 Stay a Little Longer/Intro (0:53)
  8. 8 Dear Hearts and Gentle People (2:19)
  9. 9 How's the World Treating You (3:17)
  10. 10 Long Black Veil - Johnny Rivers (3:21)
  11. 11 I'm Beginning to Forget You (1:33)
  12. 12 Outro (0:42)
  13. 13 Stay a Little Longer/Intro (0:47)
  14. 14 In a Mansion Stands My Love (2:34)
  15. 15 If Heartaches Are the Fashion (3:02)
  16. 16 Grief in My Heart - Carl Butler (2:33)
  17. 17 I'm Beginning to Forget You (1:50)
  18. 18 Outro (0:31)
  19. 19 Stay a Little Longer/Intro (0:46)
  20. 20 In a Mansion Stands My Love (2:34)
  21. 21 I'm Getting Better (2:45)
  22. 22 He Lifted Me - The Jordanaires (1:52)
  23. 23 Four Walls (3:10)
  24. 24 Outro (0:40)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Intro (0:29)
  2. 2 Oklahoma Hills (2:56)
  3. 3 Just Married - Faron Young (2:16)
  4. 4 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (2:21)
  5. 5 Highway to Nowhere (3:23)
  6. 6 Outro (0:39)
  7. 7 Intro (0:30)
  8. 8 Bimbo (1:48)
  9. 9 Orange Blossom Special - Buck Ryan (1:12)
  10. 10 My Lips Are Sealed (2:29)
  11. 11 Big Blue Diamonds - Jimmy Dean (3:02)
  12. 12 According to My Heart (1:55)
  13. 13 Outro (0:36)
  14. 14 Intro (0:32)
  15. 15 If You Were Mine (2:04)
  16. 16 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (3:11)
  17. 17 Glad Rags - Jimmy Dean (1:45)
  18. 18 I've Lived a Lot in My Times (2:38)
  19. 19 Turkey in the Straw - Buck Ryan (1:02)
  20. 20 Outro (0:59)
  21. 21 Intro (0:27)
  22. 22 Four Walls (3:14)
  23. 23 Am I Losing You (3:40)
  24. 24 I'll Get Along Somehow - Ernest Tubb (2:07)
  25. 25 Waiting for a Train (1:50)
  26. 26 Outro (0:23)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Intro (0:34)
  2. 2 I Get the Blues When It Rains (2:25)
  3. 3 Baby Won't You Please Come Home - The Jordanaires (2:17)
  4. 4 Each Time You Leave (2:01)
  5. 5 Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho - The Jordanaires (2:20)
  6. 6 Four Walls (2:07)
  7. 7 Outro (0:53)
  8. 8 Intro (0:34)
  9. 9 Waiting for a Train (2:06)
  10. 10 That's the Story of My Life - Benny Martin (2:32)
  11. 11 Am I Losing You? (2:07)
  12. 12 Look What You Have Done - Benny Martin (2:37)
  13. 13 Two Shadows on Your Window (1:57)
  14. 14 Outro (0:55)
  15. 15 Intro (0:38)
  16. 16 Everywhere You Go (1:50)
  17. 17 Four Walls (2:59)
  18. 18 I Get the Blues When It Rains (1:47)
  19. 19 Sweet Georgia Brown (1:52)
  20. 20 He'll Have to Go (2:11)
  21. 21 Outro (0:38)
  22. 22 The Purina Song (1:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jim Reeves Primary Artist
The Louvin Brothers Track Performer
Benny Martin Track Performer
Faron Young Track Performer
The Jordanaires Track Performer
Jimmy Day Track Performer
Ernest Tubb Track Performer
Carl Butler Track Performer
Jimmy Dean Track Performer
Johnny Rivers Track Performer
Buck Ryan Track Performer
Technical Credits
Red Foley Composer
Jim Reeves Composer
Johnny Russell Composer
Roger Miller Composer
Steve Gibson Composer
Stuart Hamblen Composer
Joe Allison Composer
Hal Blair Composer
Jenny Carson Composer
Ira Louvin Composer
Charlie Louvin Composer
Ben Weisman Composer
R. Taylor Composer
Les Leverett Illustrations
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Holger Von Bargen Art Direction
Mary Reeves Composer, Liner Notes
Scotty Wiseman Composer
Audrey Allison Composer
Wolfgang Taubenauer Artwork
Michael Streissguth Liner Notes
Jim Hess Composer
Bill Peppers Composer
Willie Phelps Composer
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