Tis Sweet to Be Remembered

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Fans of traditional music become so accustomed to the longevity of favorite bands that it's easy to imagine they'll always be around. Jim & Jesse had been performing mostly good old-fashioned bluegrass since 1947, combining top-notch harmony and Jesse McReynolds' fancy mandolin work. It came as shock to the bluegrass community, then, when Jim McReynolds died of cancer on December 31, 2002. Tis Sweet to Be Remembered serves partly as a memorial and partly as Jim & Jesse's final project. Jesse McReynolds is joined here by Luke McKnight (his grandson), Matthew Allred (Jim's son-in-law), and Charles Whitstein for a dozen songs performed in the classic bluegrass ...
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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Fans of traditional music become so accustomed to the longevity of favorite bands that it's easy to imagine they'll always be around. Jim & Jesse had been performing mostly good old-fashioned bluegrass since 1947, combining top-notch harmony and Jesse McReynolds' fancy mandolin work. It came as shock to the bluegrass community, then, when Jim McReynolds died of cancer on December 31, 2002. Tis Sweet to Be Remembered serves partly as a memorial and partly as Jim & Jesse's final project. Jesse McReynolds is joined here by Luke McKnight (his grandson), Matthew Allred (Jim's son-in-law), and Charles Whitstein for a dozen songs performed in the classic bluegrass style. Jesse McReynolds delivers fine versions of "As Long as I Live" and "Grin and Bear It," but the real excitement gets started when he's joined by McKnight and Allred for some good harmony on the choruses. The album is solid, but Jim McReynolds' tenor, an essential component of the brother's distinct sound, is missed. To compare, one only has to listen to "Tennessee" and "She's Running Wild," the two songs on which his vocals have been lifted from early recordings. Tis Sweet to Be Remembered is a fine tribute to a great singer and one of bluegrass' most enduring bands.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/2003
  • Label: Pinecastle
  • UPC: 755757112628
  • Catalog Number: 1126

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jim & Jesse Primary Artist
Glen Duncan Fiddle, Vocals
Vic Jordan Banjo
Blaine Sprouse Fiddle
Jesse McReynolds Dobro, Mandolin, Vocals
Jimmy Capps Guitar
Jim McReynolds Guitar
Weldon Myrick Dobro
Charles Whitstein Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Matthew Allred Bass, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Charlie Cushman Guitar
Lloyd Douglas Banjo, Guitar
Technical Credits
Mac Wiseman Composer
Eddy Arnold Composer
Amani A.W. Murray Liner Notes
Harold Arlen Composer
Sonny Curtis Composer
Clyde Moody Composer
Jesse McReynolds Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Remastering
John Eberle Mastering
John D. Loudermilk Composer
Tom Riggs Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Marijohn Wilkin Composer
Bob Murray Art Direction
Ted Koehler Composer
Vic McAlpin Composer
Wally Fowler Composer
Ben Surratt Engineer
Joe "Cannonball" Lewis Composer
Odell McLeod Composer
Ben Hall Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another shining example of solid music from two masters and their proficient bluegrass band

    Jesse McReynolds' tremolo on mandolin opens this album with the Mac Wiseman title cut that sets the stage for the classic bluegrass to come, as well as to thank fans for many years of support and prayers. Although Jim McReynolds was not able to sing in the studio for this project, he offers his characteristically solid and adept rhythm guitar work. Guest artist Charles Whitstein sings harmony on "Standing at the End of My World," "If You Need Me, I'll Be Around," and "I Hope You're Lonely." The latter is a new uptempo song by Jesse, which calls for an ex-love to be haunted by memories of the past. Besides playing mandolin, Jesse plays mandodobro on that and four other cuts. Virginia Boys Matthew Allred and Luke McKnight harmonize with Jesse on a number of other tracks, such as the title cut, "As Long As I Live," "Before I Met You" and "Grin and Bear It." The song, "I Couldn't Believe it was True," features the same vocal trio and is given a full arrangement accentuated by a twin mandolin break (presumably played by Jesse and Luke), and a couple of twin fiddle breaks of Glen Duncan and Buddy Griffin. The lead vocals for a hard-driving rendition of "Mississippi Moon" are very ably handled by Luke McKnight (who also happens to be Jesse's grandson). Lloyd Douglas really tears that one up on banjo. The album's closer is a remixed and remastered "She's Running Wild," originally recorded in 1996 with Jim singing tenor. That's the classic Jim & Jesse sound we'll never forget. Jim eventually succumbed to cancer on December 31, 2002, and this album is only one small part of his extensive legacy that spans over five decades of performance, recording and other accomplishments with his brother. Other guest artists on this album include Charlie Cushman, Monty Hall, Jimmy Melton, Blaine Sprouse, Jimmy Capps, Buddy Griffin, Vic Jordan, Weldon Myric, and Jimmy Whiting. Always professional in everything they've done, Jim & Jesse's final studio album together is another shining example of solid music from two masters and their proficient bluegrass band. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

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