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Jim Reeves 10/21/2003

Review

There has been no shortage of Jim Reeves compilations over the years, ranging from cheap budget-line collections to Bear Family's absurdly comprehensive 16-CD set, Welcome to My World. In between those two extremes were 1993's double-disc Welcome to My World: The Essential Jim Reeves and 1995's single-disc The Essential Jim Reeves, both of which covered the basics quite well, and 2000's double-disc German release The Singles, 1953 to 1960, an excellent distillation of his peak years. Despite the strengths of these releases, no set offered such a wide-ranging and complete overview as BMG Heritage's superb 2003 release, Anthology. Spanning 40 tracks over two discs, the set begins with his first big hit, "Mexican Joe" in 1953, and ends with "Angels Don't Lie," which charted in 1970, six years after his tragic death in 1964. Reeves had plenty of hits even after 1970 -- he appeared on the Billboard country charts regularly for 20 years after his death -- and he had so many during his lifetime that they can't all be condensed into a 40-track collection, but what makes Anthology so good is its expert song selection. It picks both the biggest hits and greatest songs, making this both the best hits collection and summary of his career for those who want a thorough but not exhaustive overview of his work. Those other collections are excellent in different ways, but this is the one that should be in every country collection. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Mexican Joe Jim Reeves 2:37
  3. 2 Bimbo Jim Reeves 2:45
  4. 3 Beatin' on the Ding Dong Jim Reeves 2:19
  5. 4 Penny Candy Jim Reeves 2:29
  6. 5 Drinking Tequila Jim Reeves 2:43
  7. 6 Yonder Comes a Sucker Jim Reeves 2:33
  8. 7 According to My Heart Jim Reeves 2:34
  9. 8 Waiting for a Train Jim Reeves 2:7
  10. 9 Four Walls Jim Reeves 2:48
  11. 10 Two Shadows on Your Window Jim Reeves 2:19
  12. 11 Blue Boy Jim Reeves 2:8
  13. 12 It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) Jim Reeves 2:54
  14. 13 Billy Bayou Jim Reeves 2:3
  15. 14 Home Jim Reeves 1:56
  16. 15 He'll Have to Go Jim Reeves 2:18
  17. 16 I'm Gettin' Better Jim Reeves 2:14
  18. 17 I Know One Jim Reeves 2:0
  19. 18 I Missed Me Jim Reeves 2:33
  20. 19 Am I Losing You? Jim Reeves 2:37
  21. 20 The Blizzard Jim Reeves 3:20
  22. 1 Losing Your Love Jim Reeves 2:15
  23. 2 Adios Amigo Jim Reeves 2:29
  24. 3 I'm Gonna Change Everything Jim Reeves 2:3
  25. 4 Is This Me? Jim Reeves 2:7
  26. 5 Guilty Jim Reeves 3:9
  27. 6 Welcome to My World Jim Reeves 2:32
  28. 7 Love Is No Excuse Jim Reeves 2:30
  29. 8 I Guess I'm Crazy Jim Reeves 2:21
  30. 9 I Won't Forget You Jim Reeves 1:59
  31. 10 This Is It Jim Reeves 3:5
  32. 11 Is It Really Over? Jim Reeves 2:14
  33. 12 Snow Flake Jim Reeves 2:9
  34. 13 Distant Drums Jim Reeves 2:49
  35. 14 Blue Side of Lonesome Jim Reeves 2:45
  36. 15 I Won't Come in While He's There Jim Reeves 2:7
  37. 16 I Heard a Heart Break Last Night Jim Reeves 2:14
  38. 17 That's When I See the Blues (In Your Pretty Brown Eyes) Jim Reeves 2:24
  39. 18 When You Are Gone Jim Reeves 2:52
  40. 19 When Two Worlds Collide Jim Reeves 2:9
  41. 20 Angels Don't Lie Jim Reeves 2:22

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