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Promo Discs
Tracks by Jimmy Ellis/Orion highlighted.
Released 1998
Behind Closed Doors (Joe Diffie); Break In The Storm (The Great Divide); From Where I Stand (Suzy Bogguss); Innocent Bystander (Billy Dean); It's Only Love (Randy Scruggs with Mary Chapin Carpenter); It's Your Song (Garth Brooks); It's Your Song (Live version) (Garth Brooks); Keepin' Up (Alabama); Powerful Thing (Trisha Yearwood); That Don't Impress Me Much (Shania Twain); Good Luck 'N' Good Truckin' Tonite (Dale Watson & His Lone Stars); The Fireplace (Orion); It's Your Song - LINER (Garth Brooks).
NOTES: This is a radio station promo CD from a U.S.A. music service known as CDX (Compact Disc Xpress). Discs were sent out monthly with new releases from various record companies to radio stations encouraging airplay.
Features Orion singing The Fireplace which can be a difficult recording to source as only available on one CD release A CHRISTMAS FILLED WITH LOVE (Kardina Records).

Released 2000
22 tracks by various artists.
Includes the Jimmy Ellis/Orion track I'll Be With You Always.
NOTES: Very similar to the disc listed above in that this was a promotional disc featuring 22 tracks by little known artists in a bid to bring attention to their song or album. From the little available information it appears Walt Gollender, who produced the CD single featuring the original recording of the song, paid this long established promoter to include the track on this promotional disc.
The disc has a yellow/mustard label with track/artist/writer details down each side. No sleeve with the disc but was presented in a plastic wallet type protector. These discs, with different artists each release, were sent to radio stations in the U.S.A. and Europe every three months in the hope of the tracks being played on air.
It seems around 350 copies were produced and distributed, most (or all) of which would have been destroyed shortly after receiving. Walt also received five copies for his personal use and for him to give to his friends or fans of Orion, which is where the only copy currently known to exist was located. However as each of the other artists' representatives would also be given five copies this is possibly where the most chance of another copy exists.
E.H. King Music also sent out a monthly A4 size newsletter; Country & Western Corner,  to stations and this basic publication also featured stories on Jimmy, Orion, Walt and the song in several issues.
Unable to obtain a good quality photo of the disc at present. The disc shown above is NOT the Precious Cargo release but the one immediately before and is identical in design other than bearing a different title and number.
A cassette tape version was also released.

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