RCA Country Legends

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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," ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2002
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078636510026
  • Catalog Number: 65100

Album Credits

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
The 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 Jr. Choir, Chorus
Neal Matthews Jr. 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
The Jordanaires Contributor
Buck Ram Composer
Elliott Federman Mastering
Rich Kienzle Liner Notes
Stephen H. Sholes Producer
Alan Block Composer
Fabor Robison Producer
Don Hecht Composer
Marvin J. Moore Composer
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