Re: Songs of love & Nashville '78
Posted by Larry Jordan on December 19, 2015, 7:43 pm, in reply to "Songs of love & Nashville '78"
As a historical curiosity the two overdub albums being released on CD might be something that some fans would like to acquire. But it's ironic that you posted this as I just ran across an email from a Jim Reeves fan who happened to comment that when he tells people about the Reeves overdubs that VoiceMasters has done, he always makes sure he points out to them that our approach is more restrained and not so heavy-handed as the RCA ones from years ago. |
I thought that ironic considering the fact that Sony has released these old overdub LPs on CD. I believe the reason they did that is they have been shadowing our work on various fronts. That's not hyperbole -- that's a fact.
They weren't going to invest thousands of dollars doing NEW overdubs on Jim Reeves, because they don't regard him as a moneymaker. But you'll notice that after the CD "Elvis: The New Recordings" was released earlier this year -- with 26 new overdubs of Elvis tracks -- Sony decided to do their own and Priscilla Presley has suddenly developed a fondness for overdubs after 38 years and vows to do more.
Anyway, when producing overdubs for various projects i have deliberately taken a different approach than was used in the 1970s when RCA was overdubbing tracks. The early ones that Mary supervised were good. As she grew more distracted, she dumped the songs on Bud Logan, who in turn gave them to his brother Jack. There were of course limitations to what they could accomplish in the analog age, but even so, some of the RCA overdubs were truly dreadful, syrupy, over-produced, not clean.
I have some favorites, but they are not contained on the CD to which you refer.
I would challenge anyone anywhere in the world to listen to the overdubbing and sound quality we achieved on the 8 CD boxed set, "The Great Jim Reeves", which is better than you have ever heard Jim sound anywhere at any time -- unless you were in the audience at one of his concerts. A hugely talented team helped on this endeavor and we had one of the top mastering engineers in the nation doing all 8 CDs. Jim's voice has such presence -- it is crystalline yet warm -- it truly defies believability.
You should check this out as it is priced far below the more exalted boxed sets and is a fraction of the cost per song that you'd pay on iTunes. Plus there's a 48 page full color booklet inside.
Click the link below to hear audio samples and you'll see what I mean.