“Kimberley Jim” by Jim Reeves - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1964Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

Reeves goes Elvis… sort of. This was the soundtrack to the first and only movie that he made, interesting if a bit corny. Shot in South Africa in 1963, the story tells of a ramblin', gamblin', guitar-strummin' man from Dixie, trying to strike it rich in the Kimberley Diamond region. The movie and the soundtrack were released after he died in a plane crash in 1964 and, although it was rushed into the booming South African movie theatres in 1964, the film was never shown in the States. On the sountrack album, Jim falls deep into cabaret-crooner territory for most of the duration, and the set even comes complete with breaks for orchestras and showtime choruses. The only track that's not completely dire is the one which flirts with country themes, “Roving Gambler”, but by then I'm too disillusioned to care.

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A1 [02:02] 2.9.png Jim Reeves - Kimberley Jim (Gilbert Gibson) Crooner / Cabaret
A2 [01:52] 2.1.png Jim Reeves - Strike It Rich (Anton De Waal, Nico Carstens) Crooner / Cabaret
A3 [02:20] 1.4.png Jim Reeves - I Grew Up (H.R. Friedman) Crooner / Cabaret
A4 [02:25] 0.9.png Madeleine Usher - My Life Is A Gypsy (Brian Buggy) Crooner / Cabaret
A5 [01:25] 2.7.png Jim Reeves - Born To Be Lucky (Taffy Kikillus) Crooner / Cabaret
A6 [02:16] 2.3.png Orchestra and Chorus - Old Fashioned Rag (H.R. Friedman) Crooner / Cabaret
A7 [02:45] 2.0.png Jim Reeves - Could I Be Falling In Love (Alex Zanetis) Pop Ballad
B1 [01:48] 2.4.png Jim Reeves - Diamonds In The Sand (Taffy Kikillus, Gilbert Gibson) Pop Ballad
B2 [01:57] 2.2.png Jim Reeves - A Stranger’s Just A Friend (Gilbert Gibson, Jim Reeves) Crooner / Cabaret
B3 [02:18] 2.3.png Orchestra and Chorus - Fall In And Follow (H. R. Friedman) Crooner / Cabaret
B4 [01:43] 3.2.png Jim Reeves - Roving Gambler (Dean Manuel, Bobby Dyson) Country
B5 [01:05] 0.7.png Jim Reeves - Dolly With The Dimpled Knees (Taffy Kikillus, Gilbert Gibson) Crooner / Cabaret
B6 [01:33] 0.5.png Jim Reeves - The Boom-Chic Polka (Taffy Kikillus) Crooner / Cabaret
B7 [02:17] 2.1.png Jim Reeves - The Search Is Ended (Ray Baker) Crooner / Cabaret

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