- Audio CD (25 July 2011)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Double CD
- Label: Edsel/DMG
- ASIN: B0057EYACI
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,288 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The Original Albums Plus Bonus Tracks Double CD
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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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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!
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.
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.