For the classic country music fan that is not concerned with extensive documentation, deep minutiae such as track release dates, the albums certain songs came from or extensive biographical details, Australia's wing of RCA has issued a series of "Legendary" releases for many of the biggest stars in its vaults. This three-CD collection of the work of Jim Reeves is one stellar example. Priced to move (a triple disc for the price of a little more than a single), a punter can get virtually every one of Reeves' hits for the label in one package, as well as a few surprises. Here are 50 tracks, compiled according to aesthetic rather than strict chronology, that give a well-rounded portrait of the man who changed the face of country music with his golden mellifluous baritone. For those familiar with Reeves, everything you could ever want is here: "Welcome to My World," "Is It Really Over," "The Followers, the Sunset, the Trees," "Am I Losing You," "Partners," "Blue Side of Lonesome," "I Guess I'm, Crazy," "There's a Heartache Following Me," "Anna Marie," and many more. The story it tells is how in developing his vocal style, and reaching out to embrace the popular music of the era, Reeves -- and RCA president Chet Atkins -- brought country music itself into the mainstream, and, in doing so, insured its future with millions of Americans, as well as spreading Reeves' appeal all over the globe. Without incurring the expense of a Bear Family box set or getting ripped off for a single disc with as much obscure as familiar material, this is literally the best a consumer can do when it comes to getting a solid portrait of the voice, Jim Reeves.
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AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek