Complete Abbott Recordings (Ger)

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Review Text Bear Family released Welcome to My World, a 16-disc box of Jim Reeves' complete recorded work, in 1996, so it would seem that the 2014 three-disc compilation The Complete Abbott Recordings, Plus would be redundant. That's not the case. Where Welcome to My World told Reeves' story in full, this triple-disc set focuses on the first act and tells it in detail. This detail includes a host of alternate takes, studio chatter, and false starts -- basically, everything that's in releasable form is released here, totaling some 76 tracks. Without exception, this is for the hardcore: Bear Family makes no bones about attempting to replicate the experience of listening to studio tapes, packaging the entire box as a mini-tape box where the individual discs have artwork that looks like tapes. This is indeed some of Reeves' most vital music -- it has his breakthrough hits "Mexican Joe" and "Bimbo" -- and there are sparks in some of these alternates, showcasing the snap in his band and the confidence in his voice. All the same, this is solely for the hardcore and for the historian: it takes effort to get through a single 25-track disc in one setting, let alone all three. Nevertheless, those listeners will be satisfied by the exacting detail, which extends all the way to the liner notes that include some little-told stories of Reeves' Abbott years. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. My Heart's Like a Welcome Mat - 3:32
  2. 2. I've Never Been So Blue - 3:46
  3. 3. Teardrops of Regret - 3:33
  4. 4. Chicken Hearted - 3:05
  5. 5. I Could Cry [Demo] - 5:49
  6. 6. Wagon Load of Love [Demo] - 3:51
  7. 7. You're the Sweetest Thing [Demo] - 3:12
  8. 8. Wagon Load of Love [Demo] - 3:46
  9. 9. I Could Cry [Demo] - 3:09
  10. 10. Wagon Load of Love [Master] - 3:31
  11. 11. What Were You Doing Last Night [Master] - 3:04
  12. 12. I Could Cry [Master] - 3:59
  13. 13. You're the Sweetest Thing [Incomplete Take] - 1:11
  14. 14. Each Beat of My Heart [Demo] - 3:07
  15. 15. Each Beat of My Heart [Alternate] - 3:04
  16. 16. Heart Breaking Baby [Demo] - 3:50
  17. 17. You're the Sweetest Thing - 2:38
  18. 18. Heart Breaking Baby - 2:44
  19. 19. Whispering Willow [& False Start] - 3:19
  20. 20. If You Love Me Don't Leave Me - 3:39
  21. 21. Then I'll Stop Loving You - 3:40
  22. 22. Then I'll Stop Loving You [Alternate] - 3:39
  23. 23. Let Me Love You Just a Little - 3:34

CD: 2

  1. 24. Mexican Joe [Take 1] - 3:46
  2. 25. Mexican Joe [Master, Take 2] - 3:39
  3. 26. Butterfly Love [Master, Take 2] - 3:52
  4. 27. Let Me Remember (Things I Can't Forget) [Take 1 & False Start] - 3:40
  5. 28. Let Me Remember (Things I Can't Forget) [Take 2] - 2:24
  6. 29. Woman's Love [Take 1] - 3:53
  7. 30. Woman's Love [Take 2] - 3:54
  8. 31. Let Me Love You Just a Little [Master] - 3:49
  9. 32. Rancho del Rio [Take 1] - 3:33
  10. 33. Rancho del Rio [Take 2] - 3:48
  11. 34. Rancho del Rio [Take 3] - 3:37
  12. 35. Rancho del Rio [Master, Take 3] - 3:37
  13. 36. It's Hard to Love Just One [Master] - 3:50
  14. 37. Gypsy Heart [Master] - 3:32
  15. 38. I Love You (& Ginny Wright) [Master] - 3:43
  16. 39. Bimbo [Master] - 3:50
  17. 40. Echo Bonita [Master] - 3:49
  18. 41. Then I'll Stop Loving You [Master, Take 3] - 3:38
  19. 42. Then I'll Stop Loving You [Take 3 & False Start] - 3:30
  20. 43. Then I'll Stop Loving You [Alternate] - 3:32
  21. 44. My Rambling Heart [Take 11] - 2:20
  22. 45. My Rambling Heart [Master] - 2:18
  23. 46. My Rambling Heart [Alternate] - 3:29
  24. 47. Give Me One More Kiss [Master, Take 6] - 3:37
  25. 48. Give Me One More Kiss [Take 7] - 3:34

CD: 3

  1. 49. Tahiti [Take 3] - 3:44
  2. 50. Tahiti [Master, Take 4] - 3:30
  3. 51. Spanish Violins - 2:28
  4. 52. Hillbilly Waltz [Take 1] - 3:32
  5. 53. Hillbilly Waltz [Master, Take 2] - 2:28
  6. 54. Hillbilly Waltz [Take 3] - 2:29
  7. 55. Hillbilly Waltz [Take 4] - 2:25
  8. 56. Padre of Old San Antone [Take 1] - 3:41
  9. 57. Padre of Old San Antone [Master, Take 2] - 3:37
  10. 58. Beatin' on a Ding Dong [Take 1] - 2:21
  11. 59. Beatin' on a Ding Dong [Take 2] - 2:19
  12. 60. Beatin' on a Ding Dong [Take 3] - 2:17
  13. 61. Beatin' on a Ding Dong [Master, Take 4] - 2:17
  14. 62. Mother Went a-Walkin' [Master] - 3:39
  15. 63. Mother Went a-Walkin' [Alternate] - 3:52
  16. 64. Penny Candy [Take 1] - 3:32
  17. 65. Penny Candy [Take 4 & False Start] - 3:42
  18. 66. I'll Follow You [Take 3] - 3:41
  19. 67. I'll Follow You [Take 4 & False Start] - 3:06
  20. 68. I'll Follow You [Master] - 3:52
  21. 69. Where Does a Broken Heart Go? [Master, Take 7] - 2:26
  22. 70. Wilder Your Heart Beats the Sweeter You Love [Take 5] - 3:21
  23. 71. Wilder Your Heart Beats the Sweeter You Love [Master, Take 6] - 3:04
  24. 72. Drinking Tequila [Master, False Start & Take 6] - 3:56
  25. 73. Red Eyed and Rowdy [Master] - 2:27
  26. 74. Are You the One [Master] - 3:35
  27. 75. How Many [Master, Take 8] - 3:48
  28. 76. How Many [Alternate] - 3:41

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Release Date
7/8/14 

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