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Sadly-missed songsmith par excellence,
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This review is from: Time in a Bottle: the Definitive Collection (Audio CD)
Jim Croce was an amazing talent whose brief career blazed alive in 1973 (the year of his death) with two US Number Ones.
Colin Escott's liner notes make the claim that, had he lived, he might have become the greatest of the singer-songwriters. A bold claim, with Messrs Dylan and Young (inter alia) providing stiff competition, but no doubt about it, he could write and sing some beautiful tunes.
This is an excellent value collection - 50 tracks, the only notable absentee being 'It Doesn't Have To Be That Way', his only hit not to be featured in this collection. That aside, pretty well everything else of his best work is here.
For me, his music works best when its melodic and melancholic. Check out the hurt in his voice in 'Operator (That's Not The Way It Feels) - for me the best of all his work - and you'll see what I mean. He even has the time to indulge in some insouciant humour under the pain viz. "She's living in LA, with my best old ex-friend Ray". Bitter-sweet doesn't do it justice. When he tries to be intentionally comedic (such as in 'Speedball Tucker' I feel he loses something.
The final seven tracks are those recorded with his wife Ingrid - their humanity comes out aplenty in '(The) Migrant Worker' and 'Railroad Song'. These tracks alone are worth the price of this collection.
Anyone who doesn't know (or has forgotten) his work should check this collection out.