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RCA Country Legends
     

RCA Country Legends

by Jim Reeves
 

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No mere collection of much-anthologized hits, this Country Legends entry on Jim Reeves emphasizes that the balladeer supreme -- the standard bearer, along with Eddy Arnold, of the pop-influenced vocal style that helped establish the countrypolitan Nashville Sound as a commercial force in the early '60s -- in fact came from

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No mere collection of much-anthologized hits, this Country Legends entry on Jim Reeves emphasizes that the balladeer supreme -- the standard bearer, along with Eddy Arnold, of the pop-influenced vocal style that helped establish the countrypolitan Nashville Sound as a commercial force in the early '60s -- in fact came from tough-minded stock as an artist. Yes, "Four Walls" and "He'll Have to Go," two of the most beautiful ballad performances in country history, are here, but so are five other cuts, previously unreleased in the U.S., that show Reeves flourishing in the small combo setting, sans strings. Alongside the 1953 country chart-toppers "Mexican Joe" and "Bimbo," which jump-started Reeves's career, are his spare, undubbed original recording of Cindy Walker's haunting "Distant Drums," heard here without the strings producer Chet Atkins added to the hit single version. These rare treasures are supplemented by gems from Reeves's catalogue, including two early Roger Miller songs, "Billy Bayou" and the folksy, good-time "Home" (a bit of a precursor to "King of the Road"), which were No. 1 and No. 2 singles in 1958 and 1959, respectively. Reeves could put a song across with good-natured feistiness or heart-tugging sensitivity, according to the setting. Artistry this assured never sounds dated.

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All Music Guide - Campbell
As part of RCA's Country Legends series, this set highlights country-pop crooner Jim Reeves' biggest hits from the late '50s to the early '60s. Among the 16 tracks are the number one singles "Mexican Joe," "Bimbo," "Four Walls," "Billy Bayou," "He'll Have to Go," and "I Guess I'm Crazy." This collection serves as an excellent career overview.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2002
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0078636510026
catalogNumber:
65100

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Performance Credits

Jim Reeves   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Rufus Thibodeaux   Violin
Chet Atkins   Electric Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Hank Garland   Electric Guitar
Anita Kerr   Choir, Chorus
Jimmy Day   Steel Guitar
Bill Pursell   Vibes
Anita Kerr Singers   Vocals
Brenton Banks   Violin
Solie Fott   Violin
Buddy Harman   Drums
Hoyt Hawkins   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Bob "Barbecue Bob" Hicks   Fiddle
John Hill   Rhythm Guitar
Lillian Hunt   Violin
Leo Jackson   Electric Guitar
Tommy Jackson   Fiddle
Hugh Jarrett   Background Vocals
James Kirkland   Bass
John D. Loudermilk   Guitar
Wayne Moss   Guitar
Louis Dean Nunley   Choir, Chorus
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Gordon Stoker   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Tommy Vaden   Fiddle
Cecil Brower   Violin
Dorothy Ann Dillard   Choir, Chorus
Farris Coursey   Drums
Dale Potter   Fiddle
Bob Moore   Bass
Jack Shook   Rhythm Guitar
Billy Harlan   Guitar
Dean Manuel   Piano
Ray C. Walker   Choir, Chorus
William Guilford Wright   Choir, Chorus
Neal Matthews   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Mel Rogers   Drums
William Paul Ackerman   Drums
Sonny Burnette   Steel Guitar
Billy Morris   Bass
George Edward "Leo" Jackson   Electric Guitar
Bobby Garrett   Steel Guitar
Kenneth Charles Hill   Bass
Tommy Bishop   Guitar
Don Davis   Bass

Technical Credits

Chet Atkins   Producer
Jim Carroll   Composer
Jordanaires   Contributor
Roger Miller   Composer
Leon Payne   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Joe Allison   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Marvin Moore   Composer
Rich Kienzle   Liner Notes
Stephen H. Sholes   Producer
Wayne Kemp   Composer
Mitchell Torok   Composer
Werly Fairburn   Composer
Fabor Robison   Producer
Audrey Allison   Composer
Rod Morris   Composer
George Campbell   Composer
Marvin J. Moore   Composer

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