Radio Days, Vol. 2

Radio Days, Vol. 2

by Jim Reeves Jim Reeves


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Radio transcriptions are recordings created expressly for radio broadcast. They were once the prevailing form of pre-recorded music on radio -- cut in studios, pressed on high-fidelity transcription discs, and distributed by subscription to radio stations. The programs, typically 15 minutes in length, gave the on-air personalities a break and brought a wider variety of music to radio listeners than might otherwise be available. Jim Reeves, like practically every major artist of his day, recorded many sessions for transcription services and government agencies such as the military and the Treasury Department. These efforts make attractive reissue fodder for record labels because they fall within the public domain -- labels pay publishing royalties on the songs, but no licensing fees for the recordings themselves because they weren't intended for commercial release and fall outside of contractual bounds. Transcriptions can be an interesting sidebar to an artist's commercial recordings, with entertaining banter, unique performances, and even renditions of songs the artist never otherwise recorded. Radio Days, Vol. 2 is the second four-disc Bear Family box set devoted to Reeves' radio transcriptions. These are complete 15-minute programs starring Reeves, originally broadcast to promote military recruitment. The set contains 17 such programs, complete with intros and outros, as well as a commercial Reeves did for Purina chicken feed. Reeves performs most of the songs himself, but allows his sidemen the occasional instrumental showcase. Guest artists join Reeves on several programs, including the Louvin Brothers, Jimmy Dean, Benny Martin, Faron Young, Ernest Tubb and a young Johnny Rivers. The 15-minute format, with its recurring theme music, makes the box set seem very repetitive, an impression only exacerbated by the frequent reappearance of Reeves' most popular songs. There are five performances of "Four Walls" and four of "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You," among others. Reeves' spoken remarks are often humorous because he seems to have no idea what he's about to say while he's saying it. The accompanying 24-page booklet describes the transcription sessions as whirlwinds of activity during which the artists had only an hour to script and record each program, so it is understandable how one could become scatterbrained under such conditions. The guest spots offer a nice change of pace and are themselves fascinating and rare recordings of famous country stars. The box set was mastered from original vinyl transcription discs, which results in rough sound quality in spots, but Bear Family has a reputation for attention to detail and mostly rises to the occasion. Radio Days, Vol. 2 is for Reeves' most ardent fans, those who will enjoy scrutinizing the differences between multiple performances of the same songs.

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/12/2001
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127162823
catalogNumber: 16282
Rank: 157711


Disc 1

  1. Stay a Little Longer
  2. Tweedle O'Twill
  3. Each Time You Leave
  4. I've Lived a Lot in My Time
  5. My Lips Are Sealed
  6. Outro
  7. Stay a Little Longer/Intro
  8. Roly Poly
  9. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
  10. It Is No Secret
  11. Yonder Comes a Sucker
  12. Outro
  13. Stay a Little Longer/Intro
  14. Each Time You Leave
  15. Everywhere You Go
  16. Where Does a Broken Heart Go?
  17. Yonder Comes a Sucker
  18. Outro
  19. Stay a Little Longer/Intro
  20. Waiting for a Train
  21. Am I Losing You?
  22. My Lips Are Sealed
  23. Steelin' Home
  24. According to My Heart
  25. Outro
  26. Stay a Little Longer/Intro
  27. Waiting for a Train
  28. Four Walls
  29. How Many?
  30. Kentucky Waltz
  31. Outro
  32. Stay a Little Longer/Intro
  33. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
  34. Mexican Joe
  35. Blues in My Heart
  36. I Get the Blues When It Rains
  37. Outro

Disc 2

  1. Stay a Little Longer/Intro
  2. Everywhere You Go
  3. If Heartaches Are the Fashion
  4. While You're Cheating on Me
  5. Home
  6. Outro
  7. Stay a Little Longer/Intro
  8. Dear Hearts and Gentle People
  9. How's the World Treating You
  10. Long Black Veil
  11. I'm Beginning to Forget You
  12. Outro
  13. Stay a Little Longer/Intro
  14. In a Mansion Stands My Love
  15. If Heartaches Are the Fashion
  16. Grief in My Heart
  17. I'm Beginning to Forget You
  18. Outro
  19. Stay a Little Longer/Intro
  20. In a Mansion Stands My Love
  21. I'm Getting Better
  22. He Lifted Me
  23. Four Walls
  24. Outro

Disc 3

  1. Intro
  2. Oklahoma Hills
  3. Just Married
  4. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
  5. Highway to Nowhere
  6. Outro
  7. Intro
  8. Bimbo
  9. Orange Blossom Special
  10. My Lips Are Sealed
  11. Big Blue Diamonds
  12. According to My Heart
  13. Outro
  14. Intro
  15. If You Were Mine
  16. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
  17. Glad Rags
  18. I've Lived a Lot in My Times
  19. Turkey in the Straw
  20. Outro
  21. Intro
  22. Four Walls
  23. Am I Losing You
  24. I'll Get Along Somehow
  25. Waiting for a Train
  26. Outro

Disc 4

  1. Intro
  2. I Get the Blues When It Rains
  3. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
  4. Each Time You Leave
  5. Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
  6. Four Walls
  7. Outro
  8. Intro
  9. Waiting for a Train
  10. That's the Story of My Life
  11. Am I Losing You?
  12. Look What You Have Done
  13. Two Shadows on Your Window
  14. Outro
  15. Intro
  16. Everywhere You Go
  17. Four Walls
  18. I Get the Blues When It Rains
  19. Sweet Georgia Brown
  20. He'll Have to Go
  21. Outro
  22. The Purina Song

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jim Reeves   Primary Artist
Louvin Brothers   Track Performer
Benny Martin   Track Performer
Faron Young   Track Performer
Jordanaires   Track Performer
Jimmy Day   Track Performer
Ernest Tubb   Track Performer
Carl Butler   Track Performer
Jimmy Dean   Track Performer
Johnny Rivers   Track Performer
Buck Ryan   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Red Foley   Composer
Jim Reeves   Composer
Roger Miller   Composer
Steve Gibson   Composer
Stuart Hamblen   Composer
Joe Allison   Composer
Hal Blair   Composer
Jenny Carson   Composer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Composer
Ben Weisman   Composer
R. Taylor   Composer
Leverett   Illustrations
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Holger Von Bargen   Art Direction
Mary Reeves   Composer,Liner Notes
Scotty Wiseman   Composer
Audrey Allison   Composer
Wolfgang Taubenauer   Artwork
Michael Streissguth   Liner Notes
Jim Hess   Composer
Bill Peppers   Composer
Willie Phelps   Composer

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