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Fills in the missing Jim Reeves tracks I love - and 5 stars for value as well,
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This review is from: Legends of Country Music (Audio CD)As a kid I was exposed to my fathers country-n-western music, and Jim Reeves was my preteen childhood fave. In particular I loved my LP 'The country side of Jim Reeves'. However that literally wore out, but is useful for track listings. So I got the CDs: 'Gentleman Jim - Definitive Collection', 'He'll Have To Go/Tall Tales' and this three CD 'Jim Reeves - Legends of Country Music' set that provides 'Waiting for a train', and 'My lips are sealed' from the LP album. Still not found 'Most of the time', 'A fallen star' and 'Railroad bum', yet though. Fortunately Al Grants cover of 'A Railroad bum' is pretty good so try that via iTunes instead (Jim's version still wins by being just that bit more lively). However for far less than the price of a collectors CD of 'A country side of Jim Reeves' I've now got over 100 great Reeves songs so I'm happy.
For around a fiver this triple DVD set is good value, although sound quality isn't great and is noticably inferior to my other Jim Reeves CD sets, with some tracks lacking sparkle rather than crackles and pops. However it's more than adequate for such old recordings (even on more expensive sets some tracks are clearly just taken from an LP, not the original tape masters - although some recording masters might be a direct cutting to LP anyway I guess). The hard to find track 'Waiting for a train' on this set is worth the purchase price alone for me, although it's a brave soul that listens to 'Shall we gather at the river' more than once without a box of tissues. So I often skip onto the far jollier 'Are you the one' or the fun if surreal 'Beating on a Ding Dong', and there's some nice duets with Carol Johnson in here as well. I still can't believe how silky smooth Jim Reeves voice and delivery is, almost as though recording a near perfect song was effortless for him. So 5* for a good collection of some harder to find Jim Reeves songs at a great price.
All the tracks here appear to be studio recorded ones rather than live. This 3 CD set is in a compact folding out triple cardboard sleeve, with pictures of Jim behind every CD and a side of text on Jim's life and a side giving the track listings - all well presented and well produced. The track listings on Amazon are accurate, and the set was issued in 2008. iTunes initially didn't identify the CDs or tracks but Windows Media player did, so I ripped with Windows Media Player hi-quailty MP3s and then imported the tracks to iTunes and the iPod.