Jimmy Dean – The First Thing Every Morning (1965/2015) [24bit FLAC]

Jimmy Dean – The First Thing Every Morning (1965/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 30:43 minutes | 642 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Front Cover | © Legacy Recordings

Jimmy Ray Dean was an American country music singer, television host, actor, and businessman, best known today as the creator of the Jimmy Dean sausage brand. He lived near Richmond, Virginia, and was nominated for the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010, although he was formally inducted posthumously. This is his 1965’s album, it reached no. 1 position at the U.S. chart.

The most successful in a string of pop-oriented albums Jimmy Dean released during the early to mid-’60s, The First Thing Ev’ry Morning is perhaps the finest example of Dean’s super-smooth, Hank Williams-by-way-of-Lawrence Welk hybrid country style. At times sounding like Frank Sinatra’s backwoods cousin, Dean combines full-throated crooning, lush orchestral arrangements, and an oohing/aahing chorus with a fairly straight two-step beat. The material consists of both pop standards (by the likes of Irving Berlin and Henry Mancini) and Nashville fare, which, given the Jimmy Dean treatment, all sound as if they could’ve been written by the same person. Music this slick is obviously a love-it-or-hate-it affair, but Dean’s genius was that he could inject just the right amount of honky tonk raw edge into even the sappiest surroundings. Of course, if one were to take away the glockenspiel and oboes, Dean’s voice would still be a thing of supple beauty, the equal of any of his contemporaries. The string-laden title track was a number one record, but the best tunes are the ones where the real Jimmy Dean can step out a little. On “Shutters and Boards,” the lyrics’ rural imagery seems to be pulling out his country roots despite the producers’ efforts to keep them in check. Dean invests the song with a pathos worthy of George Jones, which is no mean feat considering the backing singers sound like they just stepped out of the Mormon Tabernacle. On the album’s last song, “Harvest of Sunshine,” which gets the Hollywood-style Dixieland treatment (think Apple Dumpling Gang), Dean goes so far over the top that it’s almost subversive. Considering his ever-present fake smile and later success in the sausage business, it just may be. – Pemberton Roach


01 – The First Thing Ev’ry Morning (And the Last Thing Ev’ry Night)
02 – Under the Sun
03 – Dear Heart
04 – Too Many Times
05 – Someday (You’ll Want Me to Want You)
06 – Shutters and Boards
07 – Any Time
08 – Til Tomorrow
09 – Where Were You When I Needed You
10 – All By Myself
11 – Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet
12 – Harvest of Sunshine


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