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The Original Albums Plus Bonus Tracks [Double CD]

Jim Croce Audio CD
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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 (25 July 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Edsel/DMG
  • ASIN: B0057EYACI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,486 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. You Don't Mess Around With Jim
2. Tomorrow's Gonna Be A Brighter Day
3. New York's Not My Home
4. Hard Time Losin' Man
5. Photographs And Memories
6. Walkin' Back To Georgia
7. Operator (That's Not The Way It Feels)
8. Time in A Bottle
9. Rapid Roy (The Stock Car Boy)
10. Box # 10
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. I Got A Name
2. Lover's Cross
3. Five Short Minutes
4. Age
5. Workin' At The Carwash Blues
6. I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song
7. Salon And Saloon
8. Thursday
9. Top Hat Bar And Grille
10. Recently
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Product Description

Singer-songwriter Jim Croce’s untimely death in a aeroplane crash (in September 1973, aged just 30) came at a point in his career when he seemed set for a lengthy and rewarding career. To the millions of fans he had made through his music, his death was almost like losing a close friend. Jim Croce’s emergence to global prominence came in the early 1970’s, an era dominated by the confessional singer-songwriter – albums such as Carole King’s ‘Tapestry’, James Taylor’s ‘Sweet Baby James’ and Neil Young’s ‘Harvest’ sold in their multi-millions. • After travelling the folk circuit and a couple of false starts, Croce released “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” in July 1972. The title track reached # 8 and “Operator” reached # 17 in the US when issued as singles, and the album eventually got to # 1. “Life And Times” was issued in February 1973, a # 7 album which featured the # 1 hit “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”. • The title track of “I Got A Name” had been issued as a single, but the album wasn’t issued until after Croce’s tragic death. The album subsequently sold millions, as did single issues of two of his best known songs, “Time In A Bottle” and “I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song”. • The 50 songs on this two CD set represent his three albums as well as sixteen recordings issued on posthumous compilations. The 32 page booklet includes the lyrics to every song along with the full musician credits, and a 2000 word note by Alan Robinson.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definative Jim Croce collection 3 Nov 2011
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There have been many compilations of Jim Croce's work over the years, many from the Castle/Sanctuary labels, and if you have any of them you will already have many of the tracks included here. What makes this release from Edsel stand out from the crowd is the quality of its presentation - you get Jim's three studio albums, as released by the ABC label, in chronological order with their tracks in the correct order, followed by a selection of bonus tracks.

CD one contains the two albums You Don't Mess Around With Jim and Life And Times, and CD two features the album I Got A Name along with sixteen bonus tracks which have been previously released on various compilations issued after Jim's death. All 50 tracks have been re-mastered for this release and sound pretty good. Also included is a 32 page booklet containing lyrics to all the songs and a 2000 word essay by Alan Robinson.

Edsel have produced what must now be considered to be the definitive release of Jim's most popular and well-known work in a lovingly created package selling for a very reasonable price. If you have no Jim Croce in your collection do not hesitate to buy this one - and if you are a fan with many tracks already then this CD offers enough for the price to make it worth adding to your collection!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Jim Croce 23 Dec 2011
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Jim Croce didn't make many albums in his time and this is great having all 3 together, I love his singing and if you listen to the words he is singing about things that you could feel taking place today.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare and original talent 24 Feb 2012
By Mr Bee
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For years I have been scouring music outlets for a copy of Jim Croce's material without sucess until I tried Amazon. This collection contains everything he produced in his tragically short career and listening to it again I can testify that it definately stands the test of time. Marvellous lyrics and outstanding musical arrangements. Purchase and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet 2 Jan 2012
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Ordering this on a whim after realising I hadn't ever replaced much earlier cassette...what a joy. The voice, great lyrics and melodies, especially the slower classics. I suppose your view of Jim Croce will depend on where you were at the time, who with etc.... they are really evocative as well as being memorable in themselves. The bonus tracks didn't particularly impress but the sleeve booklet is a good read. The only trouble with ordering this sort of music from the past is driving through the tears when you stick the CD in on the way to work!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Collection 28 Dec 2011
By das
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Must be the best collection available at the price. All the expected numbers plus some I had not previously heard. I had wanted to update an elderly vinyl version - this was the one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 5 Oct 2012
By TheDoc
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This has to be the greatest value in music on this or any other planet, although the thooHoubs of Arcturus V are supposed to be pretty good!

This is not a best of, it's three original albums plus a bunch of bonus tracks of about an album's length. When I say album I am talking vinyl, so there are 2 CDs in this package. I much prefer this sort of format to 'Best Of' type compilations. Don't mistake me though, this package certainly contains his very best.

Jim Croce was very much an ordinary (but musically brilliant) guy who died in 1973 at the age of 30 in an aircraft crash. The world lost a truly great artist on that sad day. This collection allows you to hear how great a genius this guy was.

Jim Croce struggled to make it in the music business for a number of years and at the time of his untimely death was just emerging as a super-star and that makes the whole story that much more poignant. That and the fact his songwriting was absolutely unique. He wrote ballads that would bring tears to your eyes and quirky little pop songs that would make you grin all over. One of my favourite pop-lines is in 'Bad, bad Leroy Brown', a song recorded by Sinatra (no less) and that little cracker is "meaner than a Junk-Yard dog". If you have ever bought parts for a car in a junk-yard (breakers-yard here in the UK) then you know how mean a 'junk-yard dog' is.

I could go on all day and discuss some of these songs: 'Operator', 'Time in a Bottle', etc but I have a much better idea. Go and pay the measly few sheckels they are asking for these masterpieces, get settled in front of a warm hi-fi and let it wash over you. You won't be sorry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I got a name for Jim - 'Genius' 30 Oct 2014
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Some people say that Jim's songs and style are a little old hat now but I feel confident that post 1973 he would have worked with the top producers and musicians thereafter had he lived. His legacy is here for all to see on this two CD best of that covers his three album releases and a plethora of bonus tracks.

Jim had an easy vocal style and his arrangements were relatively simple (but tastefully done) . His lyrics and observations made for entertaining and thought provoking listening. Has any song writer written a better song than 'Time in a bottle'. Harry Chapin was with us until 1981 and for me his music 1973-80 gives a glimpse into how Jim may have evolved musically. We will never know what Jim and Harry would have taught us had they graced our lives in the last 30-40 years but it is time to say thanks guys - you were the ones who spoke to us and still do long after you left us.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great Album!
Published 22 days ago by Juanita
3.0 out of 5 stars Mr Croce did have wonderful voice.
I bought this on the strength of one song. Silly really as it's a bit dated. Mr Croce did have wonderful voice.
Published 26 days ago by catherine stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic value.
Originally looked for certain songs from Jim then found all this for such a fantastic price. Some songs not to my taste but you always get that on any album you buy.
Published 1 month ago by wolvocookie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good music. 4 stars because i wish i'd bought the vinyl.
Published 1 month ago by Charlie Vane
5.0 out of 5 stars The original albums
This is too good for words. My wife never likes any of my music, but she loves this. Jim Croce was taken too soon. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tom.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good ol' Jim Croce .
This is a follow-up on a Vinyl record I had years ago . A very underated singer-who died very young.!
Published 5 months ago by russ calver
4.0 out of 5 stars one song
I bought this album for the song Time in a bottle, which I fell in love with many years ago, this guy knew how to write lyrics and his life was cut short.
Published 7 months ago by danglepuss
4.0 out of 5 stars Jim Croce hits
I used to like Jim Croce in the 70s and this is a very good album with lots and lots of songs on I,t. Probable the most comprehensive list of so,nags that Jim Croce performed. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Doug Muir
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite artists
I like his easy style and his songs all have a message.. Good to listen to in the car on a long journey
Published 9 months ago by Donald R. Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Back in time.
I bought this because I heard the track 'I got a name' on the Django film.
Still like the track and there are a couple more that I have discovered.
Published 10 months ago by Penny Pincher
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