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In the music industry, arguably the worst tragedy that can befall an artist is to die in their prime, when he or she is just beginning to break through to the mainstream and reach people on a national level. One such artist was Jim Croce, a songwriter with a knack for both upbeat, catchy singles and empathetic, melancholy ballads. Though Croce only recorded a few studio albums before an ... Read more in Amazon's Jim Croce Store

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  • Audio CD (6 Nov. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: High Coin
  • ASIN: B000B5QDEG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,723 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Living With The Blues
2. Things ‘Bout Goin’ My Way
3. Nobody Loves A Fat Girl
4. You Ought To See Pickles Now
5. Cigarettes, Whiskey, And Wild Wild Women
6. In the Jailhouse Now
7. If The Backdoor Could Talk
8. Who Will Buy The Wine?
9. Mom And Dad’s Waltz
10. The Wall
11. Sadie Green (The Vamp Of New Orleans)
12. I Got Mine
13. Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
14. Six Days On The Road
15. Mama Tried

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When Jim Croce died tragically in a plane crash on Sept. 20, 1973, he was just thirty years old and had recently been recognized as one of the most promising artists of his era. From only three original studio releases he earned two #1 singles, six more Top 40 singles and a #1 album. Home Recordings is the first album of unreleased material in 30 years.

These are the best of America’s roots songs, from country to blues, recorded by Jim in his Pennsylvania home on a Wollensak recorder. Shared by his family for the first time, these are intimate, revealing songs made all the more emotional as a result of Jim’s life cut short.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Allen on 24 Dec. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have loved this Singer / Songwriter for years and for me he could do
no wrong. A Great voice and his arrangements leave very little to be
desired. On this CD there are some of his greatest songs which will
appeal to New and Old listener alike.
Sadly his untimely death robbed us of what would have been a long
and envied musical career.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith O on 15 Sept. 2011
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Bought all Jim Croce on vynal back in 71/2 on release. Love the songs there found. This is of historical interest but little else; recording is not up to much.
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By Michael Clements on 29 Dec. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Probably only of interest to fans who want all of his recorded material. Recording is a bit scatchy but this is probably to be expected as was an old home recording.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Where has this been? 26 Sept. 2004
By Rand Higbee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was a fan of Jim Croce before he died. I played my 45 of "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" so many times during the Summer of '73 that I darn near wore it out. When he died that September it seemed terribly unfair to me. I was just just discovering and learning to appreciate this man's music, and now he was gone.

It became easy back then to collect virtually every song that Croce ever recorded. There simply wasn't that much: Three studio albums, an earlier album that he recorded with his wife and a small collection of leftovers that had never been released. That was it. You could play it all in a few hours on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

Of course, this small collection of music was packaged and repackaged over and over in the years after his death. His greatest hits, his greatest love songs, his greatest character songs...you name it. With no new recordings possible the record companies did the best they could with what was available.

So who would have possibly thought that over 30 years later an entire album of unreleased material could be put into a new CD? When I first heard of "Home Recordings" I feared the worst. Bad quality. Bad songs. I would defintely have to avoid this album.

I am very glad that I did NOT avoid this album.

No, the quality is not that of a studio album. But for a "kitchen table" recording it sounds surprisingly good. And while nothing on this album is going to replace "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" as my all-time favorite Croce recording, I am quite surprised by how much I do enjoy these songs. In fact, I find myself singing "You Oughta See Pickles Now" quite often in the shower these days.

If you are a fan of Jim Croce put away your hesitations and pick up this album. You won't regret it.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This is a HOME RECORDING, it is AMERICANA to a T 21 Jan. 2004
By Eric Ward - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
With every new artist coming out today with there crystal clean sounds and studio tricks, many people long for "their old stuff". Their old stuff was made when they didn't have quite the same sheen and radio friendliness as they have now, but much more emotion and rawness. Jim Croce's old stuff is what it says it is. OLD STUFF. Old as in scratchy covers recorded on an old recorder in an old home in Pennsylvania, before Jim was an established radio friendly studio artist. You're not going to here Bad Bad Leroy Brown, or Time in A Bottle, but you will hear and feel the heart of a man who recorded such songs in a time before he was produced, remastered, and thrown to the public. Many may say this stuff never should have left the house, and that someone should have remastered, or cleaned it up, but I think if that were the case, it would have lost it's appeal. Although it isn't really new Jim Croce, it is new to us.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
TIMELESS PIECE OF JIM'S MUSICAL LEGACY 14 Feb. 2004
By "kynitetripper" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This new collection is a treasure trove of never before released recordings. What makes this collection special is that these songs were recorded by Jim at his kitchen table. These unpolished recordings reveal deep honesty and muscial sincerity. It's nice to listen to these recordings, especially after Jim has been gone for so long. Any true Jim Croce fan's collection is not complete without this CD,it's a great find!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
For mostly hard core Jim Croce fans 18 Oct. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Since I have been a fan of Jim Croce's music all my life, and even remember the first reports of his death on the radio, I have always looked for more of his recordings. I, as a hard core fan, will listen to these recordings often. However, if you buy this CD with the thought of quality, look elsewhere. This is a selection of recordings made on a home tape recorder in 1967, and the quality shows that. They are poor by today's standards, BUT they show a side of a man and his love of all music. You will not hear these tracks on the radio, but they do show how Jim's music developed into the studio tracks from 1971-73.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Someting Truely Genuine - One of my favorite CD's 29 May 2013
By sheadoggiedog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There have been no new reviews on this CD in like 10 years but thought I would chime in. First off, I am no hardcore Croce fan and this is only one of two Croce albums I own. The recording quality is that of a 6 track recording in a kitchen so it is less then what we have become accustomed to as consumers of music. But, this CD is a classic and one of my top ten CD's of all time. My whole family loves it and my 4 kids have grown up listening to this diamond. Sometimes you just get tired of all the production quality and you just want to hear a guy playing a guitar and singing great songs. That is what you get here. There is just a genuine quality to this CD that is impossible to capture in a recording studio. From The Wall to Pickles, this CD has it all. While it may not be for everybody, for me it is something amazing. Reviews are to share one's thoughts on a subject, and those are my thoughts. Cheers.
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