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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2004
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227389024
  • Catalog Number: 73890
  • Sales rank: 20,692

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jim Croce Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Maury Muehleisen Guitar
Technical Credits
Jim Croce Composer
Terry Cashman Producer, Audio Production
Tommy West Producer, Audio Production
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Charles Fox Composer
Norman Gimbel Composer
Bill Inglot Remastering
Maury Muehleisen Composer
David Wild Liner Notes
Valerie Valera Art Direction
Paul Wilson Cover Photo
Sal Joseph Composer
Daniel Hersch Remastering
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