JIM REEVES: SHEPHERD OF LOVE
Once again, VoiceMasters presents the world premier of some very rare and previously unreleased Jim Reeves recordings. There are also new versions of familiar classics. All 12 of the songs have been overdubbed with beautiful new musical arrangements for a fresh, contemporary sound. You will be in awe of how clear and intimate these songs sound today.
Even the photos in the CD packaging are new and have never been seen by fans before. One highlight of the album is the first new overdub of Jim Reeves' most famous demo, “Distant Drums,” since it topped the charts in 1966! A compelling new orchestral sound, plus an all-male chorus, add poignant new meaning to the lyrics at a time when Americans are once again going off to war.
The title track, “Shepherd Of Love,” is another rarity, which Jim recorded in tribute to young rodeo star Judy Ford, with whom he was infatuated. Famed saxophonist Mike Duva has been brought in to underscore the jazz mood.
Jim never cut a master on “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” but VoiceMasters has found a real treasure here. He sounds like he's singing with the Boston Pops. It is sure to be a favorite of yours for many Christmases to come.
Also included are new vocals by Jim singing his signature song, “He'll Have To Go” in a new arrangement. On “Billy Bayou,” famed singer Wesley Pritchard harmonizes with Jim. One of the prettiest songs on the CD is “Lonesome Waltz.” Unlike an earlier version put out by his label years ago, on the VM release the audio on Jim's voice is bell clear. The arrangement has a real country/bluegrass feel — with mandolin, fiddle and upright bass.
The CD also proudly presents an unreleased version of Jim singing “Is It Really Over?” that you've never heard before. Other updated favorites include “I Know One,” and “Pride Goes Before A Fall.” Strings and a pretty chorus have been added to the beautiful “I Love You Because.” The CD concludes with a reverential favorite that, so far as is known, was the last religious song Jim Reeves ever recorded, in the summer of 1964: “He Will.∏ The accompaniment on this is new too! This is a real collector's item not found anywhere else!