He did an hour tribute to JR and PLAYED EXCLUSIVELY MY OVERDUBS without once ever mentioning where they came from.
To add insult to injury, he raved about Chet Atkins' production of "Blue Side of Lonesome," then played my version with my musicians and my singers (including Barbi Franklin) and my arranger and my engineers. He had to know this all came from "The Great Jim Reeves" 8 CD set, yet left the false impression this was Chet's work. Wrong!
I'm not looking for personal credit but I know how hard everyone worked to produce this wonderful CD collection and they should have gotten credit. If this announcer found it worthwhile to play only the new overdubs, then he should have found it important to clarity for his listeners how they could acquire them.
It went on and on in this vein but the impression that was left was that these were RCA originals. I fear that listeners who enjoyed hearing these new overdubs may innocently go out and buy the Sony retreads or the rehashes by a plethora of other labels, and end up not getting the music they think they are buying.
He also told some incorrect stories. He claimed that Jim was so bad about "popping Ps" because he insisted on singing close to the mic (which the Father said Chet told him to do and also lower the key, which is WRONG; that was Bea Terry who persuaded Reeves to change his style), that the wind screen or breath shield was supposedly invented to help Jim Reeves! Of all the tall tales I've heard over the years that may top them all.
Where do these crazy ideas come from? This dear Priest must have read an old fan club magazine. The irony of this is that Reeves was a genius at mic technique. He sang close to but PAST the mic so his breath wouldn't impact it. The very man who was better than anybody at achieving an intimate sound gets cut down by some radio show host who inaccurately claims Jim had to use a wind screen. NO photo or video shows this and I don't even think they were using them then.
It's very disheartening that well-intentioned tributes to Jim so often are plagued by omissions and mistakes.
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