Jim Reeves

The Unreleased Hits of Jim Reeves

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Between 1967 and 1975, Jim Reeves' widow collaborated with Harold Bradley, Chet Atkins, and others to overdub new instrumental arrangements over existing studio and demo recordings Reeves made in the '50s and '60s. The idea was to perpetuate Reeves' posthumous career with a steady stream of potential "new" hits, but these 13 overdubs remained in the vaults until now. While it's hard to get overly excited about a batch of overdubs, some of which were recorded more than a decade after Reeves' vocal tracks were made, the new arrangements were directed by talented people and skillfully applied. Reeves sounds great as always, and a few of the tracks (the historical folk song "Ballad of '96," the countrified "Sand in My Shoes") are pretty interesting. Certainly listeners who followed Reeves enough to invest in Bear Family's mammoth Welcome to My World box set will want to augment their collections with this curious artifact.

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