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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 (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,429 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

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
  11. A Long Time Ago
  12. Hey Tomorrow
  13. One Less Set Of Footsteps
  14. Roller Derby Queen
  15. Dreamin' Again
  16. Careful Man
  17. Alabama Rain
  18. A Good Time Man Like Me Ain't Got No Business (Singin' The Blues)
  19. Next Time, This Time
  20. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
  21. These Dreams
  22. Speedball Tucker
  23. It Doesn't Have To Be That Way

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
  11. The Hard Way Every Time
  12. Mississippi Lady
  13. Chain Gang Medley
  14. Ol' Man River
  15. Which Way Are You Goin'?
  16. Stone Walls
  17. King's Song
  18. Cigarettes, Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women
  19. (And) I Remember Her
  20. Cotton Mouth River
  21. More Than That Tomorrow
  22. The Migrant Worker
  23. Child Of Midnight
  24. Railroad Song
  25. Country Girl
  26. Maybe Tomorrow
  27. The Way We Used To

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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By James B. Spink HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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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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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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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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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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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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This is too good for words. My wife never likes any of my music, but she loves this. Jim Croce was taken too soon. I would have loved the opportunity to see him in concert had he been around today. Great albums! If you like good music I would recommend this.
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