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Jim Reeves - God Be With You [Mono] (RCA LPM-1950) (1959)

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Jim Reeves

Title:

God Be With You [Mono]

Released: 1959
Label: RCA
Catalog: LPM-1950
Genre: Country / Easy Listening
T R A C K L I S T:
01 How Long Has It Been
02 A Beautiful Life
03 Teach Me How To Pray
04 In The Garden
05 The Flowers, The Sunset, The Trees
06 It Is No Secret
07 Padre Of Old San Antone
08 Precious Memories
09 Suppertime
10 Whispering Hope
11 Evening Prayer
12 God Be With You
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Jim Reeves - The Intimate Jim Reeves (RCA LSP-2216) (1960)

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Artist:

Jim Reeves

Title:

The Intimate Jim Reeves

Released: 1960
Label: RCA
Catalog: LSP-2216
Genre: Country / Easy Listening
NOTE: Produced by Chet Atkins
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Dark Moon
02 Oh, How I Miss You Tonight
03 Take Me In Your Arms And Hold Me
04 I'm Gettin' Better
05 Almost
06 You're Free To Go
07 You're The Only Good Thing (That's Happened To Me)
08 Have I Stayed Away Too Long?
09 No One To Cry To
10 I Was Just Walkin' Out The Door
11 Room Full Of Roses
12 We Could
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Album Review

by Bruce Eder [allmusic.com]

Superb countrypolitan pop by the man who practically invented the format, near the peak of his powers as a singer. Supported by the Anita Kerr Singers, as well as a lush string section, Jim Reeves' rich baritone sounds even more alluring than usual. It was his own song, "I'm Gettin' Better," that became the Top Three country hit (and a crossover chart placement as well) from The Intimate Jim Reeves, but the rest of the repertory includes such pop standards as "Oh, How I Miss You Tonight," "Room Full of Roses," and "Have I Stayed Away Too Long."


Jim Reeves - A Touch Of Velvet [RCA Records LPM 2487] (1962)

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Jim Reeves

Title:

A Touch Of Velvet

Released: 1962
Country: US
Label: RCA Records
Catalog: LPM 2487
Genre: Pop, Folk, World, & Country


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue)
02 There's Always Me
03 Just Walking In The Rain
04 Be Honest With Me
05 Welcome To My World
06 (It's No) Sin
07 I Fall To Pieces
08 Am I That Easy To Forget
09 Blue Skies
10 All Dressed Up And Lonely
11 Wild Rose
12 I'm A Fool To Care
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Jim Reeves - Music From The Movie ''Kimberley Jim'' [RCA LPM-2780] (1964)

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Artist:

Jim Reeves

Title:

Music From The Movie ''Kimberley Jim''

Released: 1964
Label: RCA
Catalog: LPM-2780
Genre: Folk, Country


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Kimberley Jim
02 Strike It Rich
03 I Grew Up
04 My Life Is A Gypsy
05 Born To Be Lucky
06 Old Fashioned Rag
07 Could I Be Falling In Love
08 Diamonds In The Sand
09 A Stranger Is Just A Friend
10 Fall In And Follow
11 Roving Gambler
12 Dolly With The Dimpled Knees
13 The Boom-Chic Polka
14 The Search Is Ended
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Jim Reeves: The Best Of Jim Reeves (1964)

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Artist:

Jim Reeves

Title:

The Best Of Jim Reeves

Released: 1964
Label: RCA
Catalog: AYL1-3678
Genre: Country / Easy Listening
NOTE: originally issued as AHL1-2890
NOTE: produced by Chet Atkins
T R A C K L I S T:
01 He'll Have To Go
02 Four Walls
03 Guilty
04 Blue Boy
05 I'm Gettin' Better
06 The Blizzard
07 Am I Losing You
08 Billy Bayou
09 Anna Marie
10 Stand At Your Window
11 Adios Amigo
12 Danny Boy
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Jim Reeves & Patsy Cline: Greatest Hits (1981)

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Artist:

Jim Reeves & Patsy Cline

Title:

Greatest Hits

Released: 1981
Label: RCA
Catalog: AYL1-5152
Genre: Country / Easy Listening
NOTE: originally issued as AHL1-4127
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Have You Ever Been Lonely
(Have You Ever Been Blue)
{Jim & Patsy}
02 Welcome To My World {Jim}
03 He'll Have To Go {Jim}
04 Crazy {Patsy}
05 Sweet Dreams (Of You) {Patsy}
06 Four Walls {Jim}
07 Am I Losing You {Jim}
08 Golden Memories And
Silver Tears {Jim}
09 I Fall To Pieces {Patsy}
10 She's Got You {Patsy}
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Album Review

By Mcgivern Owen L (NY, NY USA) [amazon.com]

This "Greatest Hits" compilation (blue cover) should be a companion to their "Remembering" album (red cover), which lists Patsy first. This one is another winner in the best of the Nashville Sound tradition. High points for Jim are a moody "Welcome to My World", "Am I Losing You?" and a sadly reflective "Golden Memories and Silver Tears"-which for some reason did NOT make the Billboard charts. Patsy fans will enjoy "Sweet Dreams of You" and her only 2 #1 hits, "I Fall to Pieces" and "She's Got You". The best track is the first: "Have You Ever Been Lonely-Have You Ever Been Blue?" which was electronically created in the studio. It went to #5 on the Billboard charts in the fall of 1981, close to 20 years after their untimely deaths from plane crashes in the early 60s. As has been written before; COULD WE EVER USE THESE TWO TODAY! Jim had 29 Billboard hits after (!) his death and Patsy had 5 after hers. One suspects their careers would remain in full bloom if they were still with us. If only their planes had stayed on the ground on those fateful days...


Jim Reeves: The Jim Reeves Medley (1983)

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Artist:

Jim Reeves

Title:

The Jim Reeves Medley

Released: 1983
Label: RCA
Catalog: AHL1-4531
Genre: Country / Easy Listening
T R A C K L I S T:
01 The Jim Reeves Medley (Unreleased Version)
02 Four Walls
03 I Missed Me
04 He'll Have To Go
05 Oh, How I Miss You Tonight
06 Is It Really Over
07 It Hurts So Much
(To See You Go)
08 The World You Left Behind
09 Heartbreak In Silhouette
10 I Won't Forget You
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Jim Reeves' Biography

by David Vinopal [allmusic.com]

Gentleman Jim Reeves was perhaps the biggest male star to emerge from the Nashville sound. His mellow baritone voice and muted velvet orchestration combined to create a sound that echoed around his world and has lasted to this day. Detractors will call the sound country-pop (or plain pop), but none can argue against the large audience that loves this music. Reeves was capable of singing hard country ("Mexican Joe" went to number one in 1953), but he made his greatest impact as a country-pop crooner. From 1955 through 1969, Reeves was consistently in the country and pop charts -- an amazing fact in light of his untimely death in an airplane accident in 1964. Not only was he a presence in the American charts, but he became country music's foremost international ambassador and, if anything, was even more popular in Europe and Britain than in his native America. After his death, his fan base didn't diminish at all, and several of his posthumous hits actually outsold his earlier singles; no less than six number one singles arrived in the three years following his burial. In fact, during the '70s and '80s, he continued to have hits with both unreleased material and electronic duets like "Take Me in Your Arms and Hold Me" with Deborah Allen and "Have You Ever Been Lonely?" with his smooth-singing female counterpart of the plush Nashville sound, Patsy Cline, who also perished in an airplane crash, in 1963. But Reeves' legacy remains with lush country-pop singles like "Four Walls" (1957) and "He'll Have to Go" (1959), which defined both his style and an entire era of country music.

Reeves was born and raised in Galloway, TX, where he was one of nine children. Tragically, his father died when Jim was only ten months old, forcing his mother to farm and raise her family. At the age of five, he was given an old guitar, and shortly afterward, he heard a Jimmie Rodgers record through his older brother. From that moment on, Reeves was entranced by country music and Rodgers in particular. By the time he was 12 years old, he had already appeared on a radio show in Shreveport, LA. Though he was fascinated with music, Reeves also was a talented athlete and during his teens he decided he was going to pursue a career as a baseball player. Winning an athletic scholarship to the University of Texas, Reeves enrolled at the school to study speech and drama, but he dropped out after six weeks to work at the shipyards in Houston. Soon, he had returned to baseball, playing in the semiprofessional leagues before signing with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1944. He stayed with the team for three years before seriously injuring his ankle and thereby ruining his chances of a prolonged athletic career.

For the next few years, Reeves went through a number of blue-collar jobs while trying to decide on a profession. During this time he began singing as an amateur, appearing both as a solo artist and as the frontman for Moon Mullican's band. In 1949, Reeves cut a number of songs for the small independent Macy label, none of which were particularly successful. In the early '50s, Reeves decided that he would make broadcasting his vocation, initially working for KSIG in Gladewater, TX, before establishing himself at KGRI in Henderson. Over the next few years, Reeves was a disc jockey and newscaster at KGRI, moving to KWKH in Shreveport, LA, in November of 1952, becoming host of the popular Louisiana Hayride. Late in 1952, Hank Williams failed to make an appearance on the show, and Reeves sang in his place. His performance was enthusiastically received, and Abbott Records immediately signed him to a record contract. "Mexican Joe" was Reeves' debut single for Abbott, and it quickly climbed to number one in the spring of 1953, spending nine weeks at the top of the charts. It was followed by another number one hit, "Bimbo," later in 1953, establishing that Reeves was not a one-hit wonder; later that same year, he was made a full-time member of the Louisiana Hayride. During 1954 and 1955, he had four other hit singles for Abbott and its parent company, Fabor, before RCA signed him to a long-term deal in 1955; that same year, he joined the Grand Ole Opry. At RCA, Reeves began to develop the distinctively smooth, lush, and pop-oriented style of country that made him a superstar and earned him the nickname Gentleman Jim. Peaking at number four, "Yonder Comes a Sucker" was his first Top Ten hit for RCA in the summer of 1955. It kicked off a remarkable streak of 40 hit singles, most of which charted in the Top Ten. Many of his singles also became pop crossovers, which indicates exactly how much of a pop influence there was on his music. Indeed, Reeves' vocal style derived from the crooning of Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, and early in his career he abandoned cowboy outfits for upscale suits. In the process, he brought country music to a new, urban audience.

Throughout the '50s and early '60s, Reeves racked up a number of major hits and country classics like "Four Walls" (number one for eight weeks, 1957), "Anna Marie" (1958), "Blue Boy" (number two, 1958), "Billy Bayou" (number one for five weeks, 1959), "He'll Have to Go" (number one for 14 weeks, 1960), "Adios Amigo" (number two, 1962), "Welcome to My World" (number two, 1964), and "I Guess I'm Crazy" (number one for seven weeks, 1964). "Four Walls" was the turning point in his career, proving to both Reeves himself and his producer, Chet Atkins, that his main source of success would come from ballads. As a result, Reeves became an even bigger star, not only in America but throughout the world. Reeves toured Europe and South Africa, building a strong following in countries that rarely had been open to country music in the past.

Reeves was at the height of his career when his private plane crashed outside of Nashville on July 31, 1964. The bodies of Reeves and his manager, Dean Manuel, were found two days later and were buried in his homestate of Texas. Though Reeves had died, his popularity did not vanish -- in fact, his sales increased following his death. Throughout the late '60s, RCA released a series of posthumous singles, many of which -- including "This Is It" (1965), "Is It Really Over?" (1965), "Distant Drums" (1966), and "I Won't Come in While He's There" (1967) -- hit number one. The previously unissued songs were frequently mixed in with previously released material on album releases, making his catalog confusing but profitable for RCA. The flow of unreleased Reeves material did not cease during the '70s or '80s -- in fact, there wasn't a year between 1970 and 1984 when there wasn't a Reeves single in the charts, either at the top or in the lower regions. Reeves was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1967, and two years later, the Academy of Country Music instituted the Jim Reeves Memorial Award. Though the flood of unreleased material ceased in the mid-'80s, the cult surrounding Reeves never declined, and in the '90s, Bear Family released Welcome to My World, a 16-disc box set containing his entire recorded works.
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