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The recordings on this album are amongst his finest, and the album has a warm cohesive feel
on 10 April 2015
I have been waiting for the release of the original "Gentleman Jim" album since the CDs first came on the market, and have never understood why this very big selling album, which reached no 2 in the UK album charts on original release (before Jim Reeves death) and was continually available on vinyl for almost twenty years. The recordings on this album are amongst his finest, and the album has a warm cohesive feel. Having noticed that this CD was released by Sony, who now own the RCA catalogue, I was hoping that at long last we would have a quality release of this album, unlike the proliferation of public domain releases on unheard of labels of his pre 1963 releases, that are for the most part of inferior quality - sometimes dubbed from worn out vinyl. Imagine my disgust, when I open this "Sony" release, only to find that it is a CD-r. Furthermore, the photo on the cover is overly dark, the writing on the spine is out of alignment, and the whole product feels cheap and homemade - yet it still has Sony's logo plastered everywhere, and even an email address for the purchase of other Sony/RCA Legacy products. Worse still - the CD-r skips when played, no matter which CD player I play it on. I feel so insulted that a major company feels they can palm off such an inferior product, and it is a real slap in the face to the many fans of this artist, and further tarnishes the memory of Jim Reeves.