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I Got a Name

Jim Croce

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I Got a Name was Jim Croce’s third album in two years for ABC Records, the label that launched his great success. (Croce had recorded an album with his wife Ingrid that failed to connect with an audience.) His life would be cut tragically short in a plane crash in Natchitoches, Louisiana, effectively making this album his last will and testament. Despite the pressures to keep up the manic pace, Croce continued to write from a point of calm reflection. “I’ll Have to Say I Love You In A Song” and the title track served as the radio hits, but the album has a deep reserve of fine tunes. “Lover’s Cross” remains one of Croce’s most underrated songs, touching and simply arranged like much of his best material. “Five Short Minutes” brings his backing band into play with a bar band ferocity. “Thursday” features that easy lope that made his music so immediately accessible while “Workin’ at the Car Wash Blues” reflects on the life Croce might have had without music in his life.

Customer Reviews

Phenomenal

Great album from a master of his own genre. I remember seeing him on SNL way back when dinosaurs roamed the earth. He moved me then. He moves me still.

My God I LOVE Jim Croce

Everyone has certain artists that they never get tired of. Jim Croce is one of mine. This album is one the most powerful collection of recordings Mr. Croce put together in his short life. Every single cut is a solid example of his craftsmanship. The four strongest tracks here - the ones that baarely shine brighter the others - are "Five Short Minutes", "Working at the Car Wash Blues", "I'll have to Say I Love You in a Song", and "Top Hat Bar and Grille". I mean - has there ever been a better song about groupies than "Five Short Minutes"? No WAY. It even mentions plaster casting without missing a beat. Nobody but Jim Croce could pull that off. NOBODY. "Working at the Car Wash Blues" is more relevant than ever in today's economy. Listen, groove and laugh - it'll do us all some good. "I'll have to Say I Love You in a Song" is one of Jim's very, very best love songs and therefore one of the best love songs ever written in the history of song - and it's even more profound because it's a song about writing a love song! Wrap your mind around THAT, Britney Spears fans . . . . or don't - we wouldn't want you to have aneurisms. "Top Hat Bar and Grille" is just a fun experience - like diving belly-first down a slip-n-slide. Check out these lyrics: "Well at the Top Hat Bar and Grille, there is a bouncer name of Gill, well he a honky tonkey, heavily funky, ex-Marine. He wears those tight body-builder shirts, that cat can knock you out into the dirt, so if you got you no money, or you try to get funny - that brother you gunna see". Ah, man - nobody tells can tell a story like Jim Croce. NOBODY. Oh - and the other seven songs on this album are great too.

Wow such a loss...

Two of my favorite artists with such soft and relaxing styles have been lost from all our lives! Jimmy Spheeris and Jim Croce have given so much to easy listening rock n roll. Spheeris dies in a motocycle accident(not his fault...), Croce dies in a terrible plane accident. Both men had so much to give to music and were just in their prime...such a waste. Love both of you guys, RIP! I will always listen to your music; till the day I die.

Biography

Born: January 10, 1943 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Rock

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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