Portrait of Yesterday
By Bill Larson on October 24, 2015
I normally don't write reviews but had to make an
exception with this release. Here is a 'portrait'
of times gone by, when the 'Opry' programs were
popular for many of us especially during all night
trips, keeping us connected to the real world.
Living in Nashville during that time period I was
fortunate in actually knowing and spending time
with some of the people heard on the broadcasts,
occasionally sharing the fun across the alley at
'Tootsies' during an 'Opry' performance or
watching some of the acts from between the
curtains of the Ryman. These were fun times for
everyone involved, performers and spectaters
alike. Much of this comes across during these
recordings with outstanding clarity of voices and
music. Many of the songs I have not heard in many
years. so this was a pleasant surprise. A must for
all Jim Reeves fans, you will not be disappointed!
This CD is like having a front row seat...
By Beth on October 29, 2015
It's a shame I can only give "Jim Reeves
and Friends Live from Nashville" only five stars -
because it deserves 10! This CD is like having a
front row seat and a perfect example of what makes
the Grande Ole Opry GRAND! The marvelous
remastering of yesteryear's chart toppers hit a
high note thrill that's comparable to hearing them
for the very, first time.
Unlike the album released years ago by the Country
Music Foundation, which featured just Jim singing
on the Grand Ole Opry (and no dialog), "Jim Reeves
And Friends Live From Nashville" gives us a
wonderful opportunity to hear how he sounded in
the context of the nation's longest-running radio
show. It gave me goosebumps! The excitement is
almost palpable as announcer Grant Turner steps up
to the WSM microphone to announce, "…tonight
starring JIM REEVES!" You hear the squeals and the
thunderous applause as Jim starts to sing with
that mellifluous voice of his. And what a voice it
is! You will melt as he slides over the notes so
smoothly. One can also imagine him swinging back
and forth to some of his up tempo numbers,
probably wearing his red tuxedo jacket and
flashing that big, warm smile.
This CD is really something special and makes you
feel like you are sitting right there in the Ryman
auditorium; except you didn't have to stand in a
long line waiting to get in, or endure the
uncomfortable wooden pews of the old tabernacle!
A few of these tracks have circulated among fans
over the years, on copies so many generations
removed from the originals that they sounded
muddy, with pops and clicks - I've heard a a few
on YouTube. But NOTHING can match the superb sound
quality on this CD! The restoration is
unbelievably fantastic…far better than I ever
Plus there's A LOT of new material here not found
anyplace else. It's a treat to hear Jim sing songs
live that we've previously only heard performed on
his commercial records. Just listen to Millie
Kirkham (who also backed Elvis) sing those high
notes as the Jordanaires accompany Jim on a
rousing version of "I Love You More"! There is a
vibrancy here, an excitement that will engulf you.
All of the performances are great. Chet Atkins
proves why he was one of the world's finest guitar
pickers. Del Wood pounds the ivories, playing an
old rag time favorite. I loved the humorous banter
Jim had with June Carter and how the flawless Mr.
Reeves makes a little mistake but then comes back
to solo on their duet, "Working Man Blues" -- a
previously unreleased new song by Jim! One number
I never particularly cared for, "Partners" is now
one of my favorites once I've gotten to hear Jim
sing it live. Same with "Highway To Nowhere" which
he sings mellower. A very touching moment comes
when Jim dedicates a song to his mother. How
This has been a banner year for Jim Reeves
releases ("The Great Jim Reeves" 8 CD set, also
sold on Amazon, is a magnificent reworking of
Jim's studio recordings with fresh new clarity and
richness to his voice, plus appealing new overdubs
by some talented musicians under the direction of
producer Larry Jordan). But this new Opry CD has a
charm all its own. It's more earthy, to be sure --
the performers obviously playing to a more rural
audience of simple, hard-working people tapping
their toes and letting their hair down on a Friday
or Saturday night in Nashville! What a joy it is
to experience these days gone by, as if through a
magic time machine!
IT JUST DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS
By Dean on March 1, 2016
As a person who likes live
recordings, it just doesn't get any better than
this - Jim Reeves and friends performing live on
the Grand Ole Opry. Here you get to hear Jim
Reeves hosting the Opry as opposed to just a
collection of live Opry performances. "Arkansas
Traveler" - I had long heard a rumor of this
unreleased song by Jim Reeves from the Opry. At
long last, now we have it. And how Jim Reeves
"performs" this tune will probably surprise many.
It certainly did me! We also get to hear a
performance by Jim Reeves' band, The Blue Boys,
which is a real treat. On this cd, you get a real
sense of why the Grand Ole Opry was so special.
Back in those days, all the performers knew each
other and most of them were friends. It might be a
surprise to know the Everly Brothers performed on
the Opry, but they did. Here they are doing a song
written by the great Roy Orbison - "Claudette".
There's also a rocking performance by Janis
Martin, who was called "The Female Elvis" and with
her performance on this cd, you can understand
why! I just wonder what the Opry management
thought of her, back when the Opry was rather
staid and uptight.
No one could sing a gospel song like Jim Reeves,
and there are several on this cd. The real
clincher is the last song - "Danny Boy" which
Reeves sings with such power. This song came to be
associated with Jim Reeves, and was normally his
encore performance. Grant Turner, longtime
announcer at the Opry stated Jim Reeves always got
a big hand when he performed this song. He also
commented that you could hear a pin drop when he
sang this song, such was Jim Reeves' hold on an
audience. Any fan of Jim Reeves will want this cd.
It presents Jim Reeves as no other release has, in
a way you have never heard him before.
Wonderful piece of music history!
By Ryan Sheeler on December 12, 2015
Wonderful collection! Here is a great
new piece of country music history for all fans
and especially fans of Reeves to enjoy! Features
Jim Reeves, The Everly Brothers, Patsy Cline and
many other greats! Too many great songs to pick
just one! Pick up your copy today! Songs and
production value are top-notch!
Great job as always
By Shevanthi Perera on November 8, 2014
What an exquisite CD. Great job as
always. It was a good mix of instrumentals, duets
and solos. Loved all the songs. Another gorgeous
VM production with tasteful music and clear audio
face-lift. It was equally powerful and amazing to
listen to Jim sing as well as hear him interact
with his Opry friends in his deep, mellow voice.
It was also a treat to hear some of the old songs
sung by Jim and the other artists and Jim's
crystal clear voice giving the impression that you
are sitting right there at the show listening to
him. Oh, how I wished I had the fortune to sit on
one of his shows!
Thank you Larry Jordan for unearthing these rare
artifacts and widening the landscape so we, as
fans, can have the opportunity to listen to our
favorite artist in more than one way. It is always
a pleasure to listen to Jim in a different vein.
I am amazed with all these wonderful surprises. We
can't thank you enough for keeping Jim's legacy
alive. Looking forward to your "what's next on the
Thanks to Larry Jordan and VoiceMasters for
continuing to produce new material by one of the
greatest voices of all time
By Wayne Battles on August 5, 2015
Another outstanding Jim Reeves
album!! Thanks to Larry Jordan and Voice Masters
for continuing to produce new material by one of
the greatest voices of all time, Gentleman Jim
What an Artist
By Graeme Chalmers on April 20, 2015
What a fantastic c.d. Worth 10
stars.There is nothing more to add. The other
reviewers have said it all. If you are going to
buy a Jim Reeves c.d.,ever, then put this one at
the TOP of the list.
By J.K. Walker on November 18, 2014
Another great job by Voicemaster. Very enjoyable, just
delightful. My mother really enjoyed it. I think it
brought some great memories for as child hearing the
Opry. Sound is very good.
A Keepsake for Generations to Come!!
By Tom Croteau on November 8, 2014
I received this CD in the mail yesterday, 11/7/2014 (I
ordered it 11/5/14). THRILLED with the speedy delivery
time, absolutely ENTHRALLED with the product!!!
First, I want to say this. I have 4 different CD
players, one of which is almost 10 years old, the
other three are 5years old and newer. This CD played
perfectly in ALL of them. I naturally put it on my
Ipod immediately, bringing the number of Jim Reeves
recordings on there to just over 1000. I am proud to
say that 60 to 70% of those recordings are Voice
Master and H&H releases!
Now, to the "Live From Nashville" cd. Flawless, that
is the first word to come to mind. I knew beyond a
doubt that it would be "good", but I am once again so
overjoyed that this is a once in a lifetime listening
experience. Certainly, I love all of the music by all
of the artists, the sound quality is crystal clear,
but it is the banter between them that makes this such
a joy to listen to. You will feel like you are
literally in the audience at the Ryman, watching these
legends do their thing!!
If anyone has any fears or doubts as to the quality of
this product, put them to rest. There are 1 or 2
people who consistently put negative reviews on EVERY
Voice Master and H&H release. I don't know why.
Their complaints are UNFOUNDED, and UNTRUE. For
whatever reason, they have chosen to make it their lot
in life to keep the music of this great singer out of
the hands of his very loyal, and deserving fans. Take
it from a lower middle class, working, single
father... this music is a legacy for generations to
come, and my 4 year old son is already a true Jim
Reeves fan (I guess it is the soothing quality of his
voice). Treat yourself to this CD, I promise you that
you WILL NOT be disappointed!!
Another great great
By Michael Slater on November 6, 2014
Once again, we have another wonderful Jim Reeves
release by the same producer who has given us so
many other great releases! Here, we have live
recordings by Jim and his friends that have never
been heard before! This CD was pressed by a
legitimate manufacturer, and is not inferior in
any way. Ignore any negative reviews you see here.
The man who posts these comments does so without
any knowledge of the product whatsoever! He has
been trying to deliberately mislead fans into
thinking the producer's products are of
sub-standard quality, and this is about as far
from the truth as you can get! Read all the other
reviews here, and see for yourself. If you're a
true fan of Jim Reeves, then you will be delighted
with this great new CD!
By Ron on October 31, 2014
advise anyone interested in this release not
to pay attention to the braying of a donkey
who has given this release a bad review. That
review was made without even listening to the
cd; therefore, it has no validity. It's only
purpose is to try to negatively impact the
sales of this cd. That person blindly gives
bad reviews to all releases by the producer of
this cd. Now to the cd... This release is, in
fact, a very high quality release. You get the
chance to hear Jim Reeves in a unique setting,
from the Mother Church of Country Music - The
Grand Ole Opry. There are fantastic, live
versions of gospel songs. What a great
performance of Danny Boy! There is just one
fantastic performance after another. I had
heard some of these performances over the
years with bad audio quality. Now I finally
get to hear them as they should be. Do
yourself a favor and buy this cd.