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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2003
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663026627
  • Catalog Number: 30266

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jim Croce Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Lefty Frizzell Composer
Merle Haggard Composer
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Grady Martin Composer
A.J. Croce Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Armand Piron Composer
Greg Allen Art Direction
Keith Blake Mastering
Brownie McGhee Composer
Ingrid Croce Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Harlan Howard Composer
Dick Reynolds Composer
Hudson Whittaker Composer
Billy Mize Composer
Johnny Dunn Composer
Tim Spencer Composer
Ted Shapiro Composer
Ruth McGhee Composer
Traditional Composer
Carl Montgomery Composer
Earl Green Composer
Traci Swartz Artwork
Gilbert Wills Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Friendly Look Back

    Although this is an album of covers, this album feels so strikingly familiar and comforting to fans of Jim Croce it cannot be overlooked; this is the first album of unreleased material in 30 years! Staying true to his style, these 15 songs stick to the stripped down, just a guitar and voice method that brought Jim into the mainstream with his radio hits. On this album Jim dives into country and blues, covering classic American roots artists such as Jimmie Rodgers, Lefty Frizzell and Merle Haggard. What makes this album so special is the way Jim makes each song sound authentically as if it were his own. He stays true to the country and blues roots of their writers, but Jim adds humor, passion and an air of fragility, which comes from the bare-bones approach to recording this set. On songs such as Tim Spencer’s “Cigarettes, Whiskey and Wild Women” and Haggard’s “Mama Tried” Croce’s Sunday morning approach seems sunny and fresh compared to the excessive tread that so many grandeur artists of the early 70’s wore thin. All songs on the album were recorded in Jim’s Pennsylvania home on a Wollensak recorder. Jim’s wife Ingrid and son A.J. have contributed liner notes to the album. This is a must have for any die hard fan of Croce’s or just fans of traditional roots music. For the uninitiated, this is a great glimpse of Croce’s unique style and the artists that influenced him.

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