Recorded between 1951 and 1954.
Contains 24 tracks.
Rod Morris never had a national hit and is now a forgotten major-label country artist of the '50s. His claim to fame was that he wrote "Bimbo," a number one hit for Jim Reeves in 1953. On his own, Morris' vintage Capitol recordings were mostly solid if unspectacular honky tonk and novelties; Morris had a serviceable voice but not an identifiable sound. The 30 tracks on this lengthy anthology include a mildly offensive 1949 independent label recording, "Free, White and Twenty-One," a sequel to his most successful song ("Bimbo #2"), and a few late-'50s and early-'60s post-Capitol sides on which Morris flirted with rockabilly ("Alabama Jail House"). This package may reach a few fanatical Jim Reeves followers, but its core audience will be those who buy anything released by the Bear Family label. ~ Greg Adams