Jim Reeves

Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? [1985 RCA]

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The album that was in the charts when Jim Reeves' plane went down on July 31, 1964, Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? is a solid slice of relatively pure country, largely free of the "countrypolitan" strings and choirs that were coming into fashion by 1964 and which would usually be dubbed onto Reeves' posthumous hits for the rest of the '60s and well into the following decade. Three hits are included: the title track (one of Reeves' very best weepers), "Your Old Love Letters," and "Each Time You Leave." The highlight among the album tracks is an absolutely terrific, faithful rendition of Woody Guthrie's "The Oklahoma Hills," proof that Reeves had deeper folk and pure country roots than many of his contemporaries.

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