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5.0 out of 5 stars The definative Jim Croce collection,
This review is from: The Original Albums Plus Bonus Tracks (Audio CD)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!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Jim Croce,
This review is from: The Original Albums Plus Bonus Tracks (Audio CD)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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare and original talent,
This review is from: The Original Albums Plus Bonus Tracks (Audio CD)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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet,
This review is from: The Original Albums Plus Bonus Tracks (Audio CD)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!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Collection,
This review is from: The Original Albums Plus Bonus Tracks (Audio CD)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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb,
This review is from: The Original Albums Plus Bonus Tracks (Audio CD)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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Back in time.,
This review is from: The Original Albums Plus Bonus Tracks (Audio CD)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.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great CD.,
This review is from: The Original Albums Plus Bonus Tracks (Audio CD)These are all of his best tracks, with a few extras thrown in for good measure. You'd have to have a soul of stone not to be moved by "Salon and Saloon" or amused by "Workin' at the Car Wash Blues". Jim was a song writer par excellence and his early death was a loss to us all.
5.0 out of 5 stars A legend,
This review is from: The Original Albums Plus Bonus Tracks (Audio CD)I must admit that I had only heard his great song of "time in a bottle" & have always loved it till I had purchased this cd, & found some great songs from a Legend that left us to early. I would recommend this cd.
5.0 out of 5 stars jim croce original album,
This review is from: The Original Albums Plus Bonus Tracks (Audio CD)I only knew a few of his songs before, which I liked, and this album was great, I really enjoyed the wide range of his songs and the audience participation on some.
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