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In the music industry, arguably the worst tragedy that can befall an artist is to die in their prime, when he or she is just beginning to break through to the mainstream and reach people on a national 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 ... Read more in Amazon's Jim Croce Store

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  • Audio CD (January 27, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00013BN4I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,724 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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 Dosen'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. Lover's Cross
14. These Dreams
15. A Long Time Ago
16. Alabama Rain
17. Alabama Rain
18. Dreamin' Again
19. Salon And Saloon
20. Thursday

Editorial Reviews

20 indelible hits and classics by an everyman with soul, a brilliant songwriter who was on the charts but a year before his tragic death: Bad, Bad Leroy Brown; You Don't Mess Around with Jim; Time in a Bottle; I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song; I Got a Name; Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels); One Less Set of Footsteps; Workin' at the Car Wash Blues , and 12 more.

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I love Jim Croce and I saw this collection while browsing through his music.
David Jarman
There are a number of other great songs on here too - the "Working at the Car Wash Blues" gets your toes a tappin!
Lisa Shea
Timid shyness to a potential lover is the theme of "I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song."
Gregory N. Perkins

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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By David Kenner on March 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
For a long time, the "Photographs and Memories" album was the best Croce collection to own and that was topped by the Dunhill gold disc "24 Karat Gold in a Bottle" that contained so many more important Croce tracks than "P&M". But "24 Karat" was pricey and is now out of print. Rhino comes to the rescue with a near perfect 20 track compilation. The perfection of Croce classics like "Photographs and Memories", "Time in a Bottle", "Lover's Cross", "These Dreams" and "I'll Have To Say I Love You in a Song" have remained unmatched in pop music for over 30 years. Upbeat tracks like "You Don't Mess Around With Jim", "Rapid Roy", and "Workin' at the Car Wash Blues" show that Croce was more than a gifted composer of love songs and sad ballads but also equally adept at constructing story songs that were injected with humor. Two of the best tracks he recorded during his brief career at ABC records, "Roller Derby Queen" and "One Less Set of Footsteps" are even more evidence of his versatility. The hauntingly somber piano ballad, "Salon and Saloon", composed by Croce's guitarist who also perished in the plane crash that claimed Croce's life is a great addition to this collection. If I could add anything to this compilation it would be "Speedball Tucker" and "Box #10" but this is still the very best single disc Croce collection available.
I'm sure that these amazingly moving and very original recordings will be winning new fans for as long as music goes on.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By highway_star on February 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
"Classic Hits Of Jim Croce" is yet another collection from the late great folksinger Jim Croce. Croce, who died in the early seventy's was one that decade's most gifted singer/songwriters. This collection contains his most memorable songs such as "Time In A Bottle", "Operator", "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown", "I Got A Name", "Lover's Cross", "Photograph's & Memories", "One Less Set Of Footsteps", "Rapid Roy (The Stock Car Boy)", "You Don't Mess Around With Jim" plus many more. The only difference between this collection and the "Photographs & Memories His Greatest Hits" cd is that there are seven more songs on this latest compilation. The sound quality is superb due to remastering, Jim Croce certainly never sounded better. If you enjoy listening to artists such as Seals & Crofts, James Taylor, Dan Fogelberg, Gordon Lightfoot, Cat Stevens and Paul Simon then this collection is a must have.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This Greatest Hits album could be called Sing Along with Jim Croce - the songs are just so foot-tapping that it's hard to resist!

You've got Bad, Bad Leroy Brown, who's meaner than a junkyard dog. I love this song, the imagery is right there and quite fun too. It falls into the "Mack the Knife" category :)

Then you've got "Operator", another classic story telling of a guy who is trying to get over the pain of his girlfriend running off with his best friend. You can hear him trying to get through all of the emotions and finally just saying to forget about it.

If you were still wanting an uppity song about bad guys, there is "You Don't Mess Around with Jim" - which has a great twist to it!

Just about everybody who has seen a Hallmark Movie has heard "Time in a Bottle" - it seems this song is always used for poignant love scenes. It's the clsasic song of wanting to catch a moment in time and tuck it away forever.

For the shy, there's the "I'll Have to say I Love You in a Song". I wonder how many lovers have used this ploy - playing the tape - to reveal their true feelings to their partner?

There are a number of other great songs on here too - the "Working at the Car Wash Blues" gets your toes a tappin!

Highly recommended!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James Diggs on February 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Granted for more money one can purchase Jim Croce's double cd the "50th Anniverary Collection", but for less dollars this latest from Rhino Records should suffice. It contains all Jim Croce's most cherished songs like "Operator", "You Don't Mess Around With Jim", "Time In A Bottle", "I Got A Name", "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" and many others. Jim Croce died in a plane crash in the early seventies and the world was dealt a great loss. If you love Croce's beautiful songs, that only he knew he could sing, then buy this excellent collection and enjoy.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bob C on February 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a great collection, aptly titled, with everything expected. Be aware, however, that this version is not the one advertised. There are only 20 songs on this CD, not 21, and the Chain Gang Medley is not on it. This is disappointing, given that this song would improved the uniqueness of the album. Still a great listen, and better sound than some of the old recordings.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Samantha J. Ziesel on January 2, 2005
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Undeniably a perfect collection of Jim Croce's work. Digitally remastered to give superb sound quality and compliment the perfection, clarity and uniqueness of his voice. A celebration of Croce's greatness that clearly demonstrates and pays tribute to the poetic intimacy of a real life lived and shared in tune, by an amazingly gifted artist, that will always live on. A selection of some of Croce's very best work such as "Lover's Cross", "Alabama Rain", "Photographs and Memories", "Dreamin' Again" "Operator", and of course one of my own personal favourites "Time in a Bottle". If you have lived a little this album is for you. I truly fell in love for the first time and this album was the perfect companion to serenade my dreams. A timeless piece of art that will haunt the best of us and please any Croce fan - well worth every penny! Trust me buy it - you won't be disappointed.
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