Some of the TV networks have also been running "Christmas In July" programs -- old sitcoms that had a holiday theme. I guess the idea behind this is to make people forget the sometimes oppressive heat that July can bring.
Well last night, after watching a bit of one of the home shopping TV shows talk about Christmas, I put on CD #7 "New Songs and Christmas" from the SPECTACULAR new 8 CD set, "The Great Jim Reeves," and sat back and listened to Jim croon in those stunning new musical settings. It was like hearing them for the first time!
I wonder if people who have NOT bought the new set really have any idea of how incredible this all sounds? I think not. If they did, they would this very moment order the new release...176 tracks for only $49.95. It comes in a silver trimmed, high-gloss, unique case, along with a colorful 48-page booklet written by Reeves biographer Larry Jordan (and daughter Sara), who present fascinating details about every track on the set! Plus there are very rare b&w and COLOR photos throughout.
There's just nothing out there in the marketplace that even remotely begins to compare to this set and I am absolutely mystified by why every person who calls themselves a Jim Reeves fan, and who visits my site (thousands per month), hasn't bought this set.
The last time I checked Amazon, there were over 4,400 Jim Reeves CDs available, but NOTHING LIKE THIS.
Would you rather buy the same old same old same old same old? The audio quality of most of those rehashes has suffered over the years and the tracks have been copied so many times Jim's music is often not clear, or it is raspy or it is even running at the wrong speed! We have heard some really BAAAAAAAD copies of Jim's songs on some of these CDs, and they don't bother to even try to clean up the audio or come up with a new picture for the front of the CD.
What is amazing is that this stuff sells at all. But you just know that the various record labels would NOT be releasing so much of this crap if people weren't buying it.
WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? I would like to know what makes them tick? They care enough about Jim Reeves to purchase one of his CDs but they don't care how it sounds? It doesn't make sense. But as someone once observed, "nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the public."
YOU are smarter than that.
The new 8 CD release, "The Great Jim Reeves," features recordings by Jim that have been very carefully restored and enhanced for the best possible audio quality. There is no way to really describe how clear and rich Jim's voice now sounds, without actually hearing it. (The audio samples online give you some idea, but they are "low resolution" samples that don't sound as good as the actual disks).
I cannot emphasize strongly enough that even if you never bought anything on this site before, THIS is one set you DEFINITELY need to acquire. You won't be disappointed.
Jim's Christmas tracks (there are new vocals and new songs besides those found on the "Twelve Songs Of Christmas" LP), are EXCITING. The additional string players, the new rhythm, the other little embellishments, really enliven and beautify these tracks. Listen to how lively "The Merry Christmas Polka" now sounds with those violins plunking their strings! Or bowing quickly to enhance the lively rhythm! Or the new calypso beat on "Mary's Boy Child." My personal favorite are the luscious new strings on "An Old Christmas Card", especially in the front part of the song, where the violins, violas and cellos (two of the latter!) play down the scale as Jim sings. It all comes together in such a splendid arrangement and just sounds so RICH and WONDERFUL it gives me chills to hear it.
So do yourself a favor. Quit procrastinating and order this SPECTACULAR (there's that word again) set!!!! Click below to hear samples and place your order. -- JULIE
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