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  • Audio CD (August 1, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000002WT8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,023 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As much as any performer this side of Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves exemplified the Nashville Sound. Chet Atkins's lush production fit like a cardigan sweater around the Texan's cozy baritone; it was a sound traditionalists believed was antithetical to true country music. Record buyers, however, begged to differ--in droves. The so-called countrypolitan movement produced its share of schlock, but Reeves had much going for him, most notably a knack for finding apropos material, including "Welcome to My World," "Four Walls," and "He'll Have to Go." This 20-track overview features 20 trademark tunes cut between 1957 and his death in a 1964 plane crash. For refined rural Romeos and Juliets, these are the cozy tunes that established the country crooner as something of a Nat King Cole in cowboy boots. --Steven Stolder

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What an amazing, soothing voice this man had!
Kim K.
The best of these included the afore-mentioned Am I Losing You, as well as Yonder Comes A Sucker and According To My Heart, both # 4s.
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If you can only have one c.d. by Jim Reeves, this would be the one to own.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dick Bobnick on December 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I have owned this CD compilation for exactly two years and it is still one of my family's all time favorites. What can you say about "Gentleman Jim Reeves" that has not already been said? No male country singer before or since could stroke a lyric with his great mellow baritone voice like Jim Reeves. It is a misnomer to call him just a "country singer" as he crossed over into the pop area time and time again with his inimitable versions of current hit songs and older classics. It is truly a shame that there is no one in the country genre today who even comes close to the Reeves style and presentation. If you can listen to one of Jim's ballads and not become emotional then I question whether you have blood coursing through your veins.
The sound quality is excellent due to a great remastering job. A major portion of the credit for the beauty, musicality and richness of this compilation is due to the beautiful arrangements many of them done by the legendary backup quartet, the Anita Kerr Singers. There has never been a classier, more gorgeous blend of voices in the history of recorded music and they, in combination with Jim Reeves, are unbeatable. My particular favorite cuts on this CD are "He'll Have To Go", "Am I Losing You?", I Guess I'm Crazy" and "Is It Really Over?". They are not writing beautiful songs like that anymore either, sad to say.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 2002
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When the weather drops below -20 degree celsius over here it's nice to have the music of Jim Reeves around. A true country great and a friend of Scandinavia. He came over here three times in the early sixties, when he had big hits with "Adios Amigo" and "Welcome to my world". This is country music done with style!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kim K. on April 27, 2000
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What an amazing, soothing voice this man had! I grew up listening to his records and was saddened to learn of his passing when he was just 40. Still, he left quite a body of work behind for everyone to catch up on. Until I get around to buying the boxed set, this collection will do just fine. Highly recommended for fans of the original, true blue country & western music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pdolsen@webtv.net on September 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
this cd contains a rare take of welcome to my world which was released by bear family on their welcome to my world box set, great quality and great songs make for a wonderful cd
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dee-Dee on September 24, 2007
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To me, Jim Reeves voice is a one-of-a-kind velvety baritone. He had such an easy, mellow and sweet way of singing a song that is so relaxing. His voice made it seem like it was sung just for you. Not many people can reach so deep in such a soft way. Too bad the world lost him when he was only 40, and really at his peak. Get this album of 20 great songs. You won't be sorry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
After Jim Reeves died tragically in a plane crash on July 31, 1964 at age 39, his legion of fans simply refused to let go. From that point to 1984 no less than 34 of his RCA single releases would make the Country charts, seven of them crossing over to the Billboard Pop Hot 100. Not even the late, great Hank Williams or Elvis Presley received that ultimate honour.

I can therefore well understand the difficulty faced by producer Paul Williams in putting this 20-selection compilation together under the title "The Essential Jim Reeves." To please everyone would be nigh on impossible considering the fact he had 80 Country hit singles between 1953 and 1984, 27 of which crossed over to the Hot 100, six to the Adult Contemporary charts (which didn't begin until 1961), and one to the R&B charts. Never mind the hundreds of equally-wonderful selections from his many EPs and LPs.

All in all, however, I'd say he did a fairly credible job, augmented by five pages of liner notes by Colin Escott and three more photos of Jim, including one with wife Mary at an Awards ceremony. A partial discography of the contents is also included, but without any chart details.

All but track 20 [recorded in 1958 and included on an early LP] were hits for Jim, 18 of them pop crossovers [only track 4 made only the Country list, going to # 2 early in 1959]. His version of the old standard, I Love You Because, was recorded in 1962 and was first released on the RCA Victor LP Gentleman Jim and, in 1976, became a # 54 Country hit as a single.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bryan johnson on January 15, 2014
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Love the old Jim Reeves stuff. And amazon is a nice place to get it. I am not too crazy about paying sales tax now though. Just dont buy as much now
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Recommending Jim Reeves is like recommending air, water, food. Of course everyone needs to breathe! And it seems as fundamental that any music lover should own at least one Jim Reeves CD. He was unmatched not only because he possessed a lovely, smooth baritone, but also because he delivered all of his songs with absolute respect for them.

I grew up with Reeves as part of the background music--but some songs were also in the foreground. One of those is the lovely "I Love You Because"--a song as innocent as dew. I can't think of anyone who could have delivered it the way Reeves delivered it: he invested it with more depth than it would otherwise bear and made it a lovely example of pure, unconditional love.

Reeves also delivered songs of surprising emotional complexity. Two of the best known, "Four Walls" and "He'll Have to Go," are deceptively simple. In fact, each is a testament to tortured relationships, to love that perseveres in spite of betrayal. And, amazingly, Reeves (or the "narrator" of those songs--the "I") does not appear at all diminished. The jaunty "Blue Boy" is another great example: Reeves bears his sad state with more than equanimity. Even "The Blizzard"--which could have been pure hokum--becomes a thoughtful song in Reeves' rendition.

One of the telling facts is that Reeves made songs his own: earlier or later versions have never obscured the brilliance of his own renderings. Who wants their work compared with these great originals?

This particular collection brings together a reasonably wide array of Reeves' music. The CD has strong production qualities, and the order of the selections is good--beginning with the iconic "Four Walls" and ending with the lovely gospel song "Suppertime." It's hard to go wrong with Reeves, who could have sung a McDonald's drive-through menu to good effect--but this is an especially good collection, with a good insert that does justice to this great gentleman.
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