Fan's of the great Reevester will love this double feature. Two original RCA albums released in 1961 and 1962 are represented in crystal clear stereo and complimented by a nice little booklet that contains faithful reproductions of the front and back covers of both.
Talkin' To Your Heart was unique in its style. It's a dozen recitations by the great man who's early elocution lessons paid off. His recital of "Two Many Parties, Too Many Pals" - in which the main character is charged with prostitution, is very touching. Seven Days is another minor classic. Perhaps the most well known is the ghost-dog opus Old Tige which was a hit in its time.
The second album showcases Jim's velvet vocals on a selection of Nashville-country-pop tunes. He gives a fine interpretation of Elvis' recent hit There's Always Me, which Elvis himself cut in the same studio the year previous with practically the same band. The giant hit "Welcome To My World" is nice to have in its original form as opposed to the rarer later remake (which was minus strings) which seems to be cropping up on all hit compilations of late.
It's a real pleasure to hear Jim cast his magic on classics like "Just Walkin' In The Rain", "Blue Skies", "Have You Ever Been Lonely" and "I Fall To Pieces" and his version of "Am I That Easy To Forget" is the best recording of the song I have ever heard.