Classic Hits Of Jim Croce CD (2004)

Artist: Jim Croce

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This definitive single-disc collection spans the musical storyteller's short but remarkable career. Features 20 classic tracks, including "Time In A Bottle," "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown," and "You Don't Mess Around With Jim." A full-color booklet contains rare archival photos and liner notes by Rolling Stone contributing editor David Wild.

With his everyman persona, Philly-born singer-songwriter Jim Croce drew legions of fans with a mix of soulful vocals, fluid guitar, and always-colorful storytelling. During his brief time in the limelight, Croce delivered four consecutive gold albums and five Top 10 hits. He sang with the guileless voice of the common man, but with uncommon feeling and artistry. During a tour in 1973, just two months after his "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" topped the charts, Croce's life was cut short in a plane crash. His music remains a touchstone of the American songbook.


Label Rhino Records
SKU 60624177
UPC 081227389024
UPC 14 00081227389024
Format CD
Release Date 1/27/2004
Author Jim Croce
Compilation Appearance Back To Back Hits
Compilation Appearance Casey Kasem Presents: America's Top 10 Through The Years: 70s
Compilation Appearance Italians-Next Generation
Compilation Appearance Billboard 1970'S Top 40 Karaoke Box S
Compilation Appearance Singers Songwriters
Compilation Appearance Singers Songwriters:1974-1975
Compilation Appearance Django Unchained (Ost)(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance X Men:days Of Future Past (osc)
Compilation Appearance Far Out 70s Romance
Compilation Appearance Pop Goes The 70s
Compilation Appearance Far Out 70's Hits:15 Original Hits Of
Associated Artist/Work Croce, Ingrid
Artist Influence Bob Dylan
Artist Influence Eric Andersen
Artist Influence Gordon Lightfoot
Artist Influence Ian & Sylvia
Artist Influence John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful)
Artist Influence Johnny Cash
Artist Influence Tom Paxton
Artist Influence Tom Rush
Artist Influence Woody Guthrie
Artist Contemporary Albert Hammond
Artist Contemporary B.J. Thomas
Artist Contemporary Bread
Artist Contemporary Carpenters
Artist Contemporary Cat Stevens
Artist Contemporary Crosby, Stills & Nash
Artist Contemporary Dan Fogelberg
Artist Contemporary Dave Loggins
Artist Contemporary Don McLean
Artist Contemporary Harry Chapin
Artist Contemporary Harry Nilsson
Artist Contemporary Hoyt Axton
Artist Contemporary Ian Tyson
Artist Contemporary Jackson Browne
Artist Contemporary James Taylor (Soft Rock)
Artist Contemporary Jesse Winchester
Artist Contemporary Joan Armatrading
Artist Contemporary John Denver
Artist Contemporary Joni Mitchell
Artist Contemporary Lyle Lovett
Artist Contemporary Neil Young
Artist Contemporary Paul Simon
Artist Contemporary Seals & Crofts
Artist Contemporary Steve Forbert
Artist Contemporary Suzanne Vega
Artist Contemporary Tim Hardin
Artist Contemporary Tom Rush
Artist Contemporary Tom T. Hall
Artist Contemporary Warren Zevon
Artist Follower Bill Morrissey (Folk)
Artist Follower Dar Williams
Artist Follower John Gorka
Artist Follower Rodney Crowell
Artist Follower Sammy Kershaw
Technical Info
Producer Terry Cashman; Tommy West; Terry Cashman; Tommy West; David McLees (Compilation)
CatalogID 8122738902
Lable Name Rhino (Label)
Released 01/27/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 56m : 6s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00081227389024
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Jim Croce (vocals, guitar); Maury Muehleisen (guitar).
Audio Remasterers: Daniel Hersch; Bill Inglot.
Liner Note Author: David Wild.
Photographers: Paul Wilson; Tommy O'Neal; Glenn A. Baker.
Since the bulk of Jim Croce's discography consists of compilations that shuffle "You Don't Mess Around with Jim," "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown," "Operator," "Time in a Bottle," and "I Got a Name" in a seemingly endless series of permutations, it's easy to be suspicious of another collection, particularly one bearing the nondescript title Classic Hits. But Classic Hits is from Rhino Records, not a budget label like Disky, and they have put together the first serious Croce hits compilation since 1992's double-disc The 50th Anniversary Collection. That collection, while comprehensive, had limited appeal since only hardcore fans need 49 Croce songs in one compilation, so this is the first noteworthy single-disc compilation since the first Croce hits album, the 1974 LP Photographs & Memories. Every one of the 14 songs on that album is here, but the "Classic Hits" billing doesn't mean all of his charting singles are here -- posthumous minor hit "Chain Gang Medley" is absent. Even so, it's not missed much, and even if there is an album cut or two, such as "Speedball Tucker," that would have been welcome, the 20 songs here contain all of the core Croce canon, along with a good cross-section of album tracks, good liner notes from David Wild, and good sound. Out of all the countless Croce comps on the market, it's easily the best. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Artist Overview
Jim Croce was an incredibly gifted master of the folk "storyteller" style whose life and career were cut short by a 1973 plane crash, Jim Croce made finely crafted music that continues to appeal to a wide variety of audiences. Croce combined sharp wit, an appealing Pennsylvania "aw shucks" rootsiness, and deceptively masterful pop songwriting, he remains highly influential to a generation of singer/songwriters, and several of his compositions have become standards of the genre.
Professional Reviews
Uncut (4/04, p.116) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[H]e popped out airy melodies by the handful, picked guitars sweetly and sang like a blue-collar James Taylor."
Disc 1
1 You Don't Mess Around With Jim
2 Operator (That's Not The Way It Feels)
3 One Less Set Of Footsteps
4 Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
5 I Got A Name
6 Time In A Bottle
7 It Doesn't Have To Be That Way
8 I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song
9 Workin' At The Car Wash Blues
10 Photographs And Memories
11 Roller Derby Queen
12 New York's Not My Home
13 Rapid Roy (The Stock Car Boy)
14 Lover's Cross
15 These Dreams
16 Long Time Ago, A
17 Alabama Rain
18 Dreamin' Again
19 Salon And Saloon
20 Thursday
Product Attributes
Artist Croce,Jim
Label Rhin/mesa/bluemoon Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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