Essential Jim Reeves [RCA Nashville/Legacy]

Essential Jim Reeves [RCA Nashville/Legacy]

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by Jim Reeves
     
 

Professional baseball's loss became country music's great gain when a leg injury short-circuited Jim Reeves's big league dreams. Big league in baseball, that is -- Reeves, since he signed with RCA in 1955, became a fixture in the upper reaches of both the country and pop charts on the strength of his Chet Atkins-produced, pop-influenced "Nashville Sound." Reeves's… See more details below

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Professional baseball's loss became country music's great gain when a leg injury short-circuited Jim Reeves's big league dreams. Big league in baseball, that is -- Reeves, since he signed with RCA in 1955, became a fixture in the upper reaches of both the country and pop charts on the strength of his Chet Atkins-produced, pop-influenced "Nashville Sound." Reeves's smooth, personable tenor and engaging personality on disc had real staying power: For some 20 years following his death in an airplane crash in 1964, his posthumous releases, with newly overdubbed instrumental parts that fit perfectly, continued to sell briskly -- one of his biggest hits, Cindy Walker's brooding "Distant Drums," was a No. 1 country record for four weeks in 1966; several other Reeves singles went Top 10 right into 1970, and still others continued to chart into 1984. Few artists have ever done more with a heartbreaking ballad as Reeves did with the likes of "Four Walls," "He'll Have to Go," "Two Shadows on a Window," and the lush, string-enriched "Is It Really Over." Impeccably remastered and incorporating Reeves's early, swinging novelty hits for the small Abbott label (including his No. 1 debut in 1953, "Mexican Joe") and all the essential RCA sides up to 1970's tear-stained "Angels Don't Lie" (a No. 4 country single, six years after his demise), this double-disc anthology (which includes an impressive capsule history of Reeves's career by Rich Kienzle) is an essential, must-have survey of Gentleman Jim's enduring legacy in song.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
RCA/Legacy's 2006 release The Essential Jim Reeves is a repackaged reissue of BMG Heritage's 2003 compilation Anthology, containing a different title and cover art, but bearing the same 40 tracks and annotation. There has been no shortage of Jim Reeves compilations over the years, ranging from cheap budget-line collections to Bear Family's absurdly comprehensive 16-CD set, Welcome to My World. In between those two extremes were 1993's double-disc Welcome to My World: The Essential Jim Reeves and 1995's single-disc The Essential Jim Reeves, both of which covered the basics quite well, and 2000s double-disc German release The Singles, 1953 to 1960, an excellent distillation of his peak years. Despite the strengths of these releases, no set offered such a wide-ranging and complete overview as this superb collection, now titled The Essential Jim Reeves. Spanning 40 tracks over two discs, the set begins with his first big hit, "Mexican Joe" in 1953, and ends with "Angels Don't Lie," which charted in 1970, six years after his tragic death in 1964. Reeves had plenty of hits even after 1970 -- he appeared on the Billboard country charts regularly for 20 years after his death -- and he had so many hits during his lifetime that they can't all be condensed into one 40-track collection, but what makes The Essential Jim Reeves so good is its expert song selection. It picks both the biggest hits and greatest songs, making this both the best hits collection and summary of his career for those who want a thorough but not exhaustive overview of his work. Those other collections are excellent in different ways, but this is the one that should be in every country collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/30/2006
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0828768143025
catalogNumber:
81430
Rank:
2048

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Mexican Joe  -  Jim Reeves and the Circle O Ranch Boys
  2. Bimbo
  3. Beatin' on the Ding Dong
  4. Penny Candy
  5. Drinking Tequila
  6. Yonder Comes a Sucker
  7. According to My Heart
  8. Waiting for a Train
  9. Four Walls
  10. Two Shadows on Your Window
  11. Blue Boy
  12. It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)
  13. Billy Bayou
  14. Home
  15. He'll Have to Go
  16. I'm Gettin' Better
  17. I Know One
  18. I Missed Me
  19. Am I Losing You?
  20. The Blizzard

Disc 2

  1. Losing Your Love
  2. Adios Amigo
  3. I'm Gonna Change Everything
  4. Is This Me?
  5. Guilty
  6. Welcome to My World
  7. Love Is No Excuse
  8. I Guess I'm Crazy
  9. I Won't Forget You
  10. This Is It
  11. Is It Really Over?
  12. Snow Flake
  13. Distant Drums
  14. Blue Side of Lonesome
  15. I Won't Come in While He's There
  16. I Heard a Heart Break Last Night
  17. That's When I See the Blues (In Your Pretty Brown Eyes)
  18. When You Are Gone
  19. When Two Worlds Collide
  20. Angels Don't Lie

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jim Reeves   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Jim Reeves   Composer
Dottie West   Composer
Stuart Hamblen   Composer
Ned Miller   Composer
Leon Payne   Composer
Cindy Walker   Composer
Carl Belew   Composer
Joe Allison   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Jack Clement   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Buddy Killen   Composer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Marvin Moore   Composer
Alex Zanetis   Composer
Re Winkler   Composer
Dean Manuel   Composer
Bob Shelton   Composer
Mitchell Torok   Composer
Werly Fairburn   Composer
Tommy Blake   Composer
W.S. Stevenson   Composer
Ralph Freed   Composer
Audrey Allison   Composer
Cal Veale   Composer
Rod Morris   Composer
George Campbell   Composer
Johnny Hathcock   Composer
Gene Davis   Composer
Dale Noe   Composer
Idell Shelton   Composer
Guy Walker   Composer
Bill West   Composer

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