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Album Review

Whenever a chart-topping artist dies early, it's almost guaranteed that somewhere down the line, a collection of unreleased tracks and/or demos will surface. Case in point: the 2003 Jim Croce release Home Recordings: Americana. Issued just a month past the 30th anniversary of Croce's tragic passing, Home Recordings collects 15 tracks of exactly what the album title advertises. Longtime fans who have gone through a few copies of You Don't Mess Around with Jim will undoubtedly be attracted to this set of personal recordings; however, there aren't any tracks here that rival Croce's classic hits from the early '70s. All the selections are covers, but there are certainly a few worthwhile tracks to be discovered. Croce is best known as a folk-based singer/songwriter, but he also had an appreciation of country music, as evidenced by the country twang in his voice on such tracks as "You Oughta See Pickles Now," "Mom and Dad's Waltz," and "The Wall." While fans who were hoping for demos of such Croce classics as "Operator" and "Time in a Bottle" may be disappointed, fans looking for uncommon Croce recordings will surely cherish Home Recordings: Americana.

Customer Reviews


Jim Croce is presented here in basic form: Jim and his guitar. What a great talent he has in his delivery. The Wall actually includes a bonus song, the home version of Cotton Mouth River. The studio version can be found on the two CD set Jim Croce-The 50th Anniversary. Also on that two CD set is Cigarrettes, Whiskey and Wild Wild Women, the same version included here. I hope iTunes gets Jim Croce Live-The Final Tour. It includes many hits, as well as two rare gems, Ball of Kerrymuir (with dialogue intro) and Shopping for Clothes. If you like the music of Jim Croce , you must get this album.


Born: January 10, 1943 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s

In the music industry, arguably the worst tragedy that can befall an artist is to die in his or her prime, when just beginning to break through to the mainstream and reach people on a national or international level. One such artist was Jim Croce, a songwriter with a knack for both upbeat, catchy singles and empathetic, melancholy ballads. Though Croce only recorded a few studio albums before an untimely plane crash, he continues to be remembered posthumously. Croce appealed to fans as a common man,...
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