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Photographs & Memories Best of, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (March 1 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino-Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002JUC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,046 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
2. Operator (That's Not The Way It Feels)
3. Photographs & Memories
4. Rapid Roy (The Stock Car Boy)
5. Time In A Bottle
6. New York's Not My Home
7. Workin' At The Car Wash Blues
8. I Got A Name
9. I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song
10. You Don't Mess Around With Jim
11. Lover's Cross
12. One Less Set Of Footsteps
13. These Dreams
14. Roller Derby Queen

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14 smashes from the singularly talented (and sadly short-lived) songwriter. Includes Bad, Bad Leroy Brown; Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels); Photographs and Memories; Time in a Bottle; I Got a Name: I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song; You Don't Mess Around with Jim , and more.

Until his untimely death, Jim Croce was a force to be reckoned with on radio playlists. Photographs & Memories repackages some of his best work. Romantic acoustic-oriented songs were his hallmark, and songs like "Time in a Bottle," were huge hits because of their easy sentimentality. "I Got a Name" was the singer as well-worn folk traveler, while "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and even "You Don't Mess Around with Jim" followed standard boogie chord progressions, albeit with Croce's softer rock feel. There wasn't much really separating the overt emotions of "I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song" and "Operator" from his sap-dripping contemporaries, but there was just enough of an edge in Croce's warm voice to elevate his love songs to another level. Like a, oh, moderately priced wine, Croce remains a classic--accessible, affordable, and easy to enjoy. -- Steve Gdula

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H3@+h on April 26 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is pretty much your typical hits album, though a very good one. "Jim Croce" the man may not be well known, but his songs surely are. Half of these tracks most people probably know word for word. Included are the upbeat hits "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" and "You Don't Mess Around With Jim", and his soft rock/folk hits "Time In A Bottle", "I Got A Name", and "I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song". Plus my favorite "Operator (that's not the way it feels)". Overall it's a great collection for most casual fans. It will go great with your "James Taylor" and "Cat Stevens" albums.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock on July 11 2003
Format: Audio CD
For those of us who watched the incredible rise of pop folk and country singer Jim Croce, this was the album that encapsulated his all too brief living of the life of his dreams. Sadly, he was cut down just as his career was reaching its pinnacle, and he left us to sing and perform in other, more ethereal venues. I'm sure he has the angels snapping their fingers and tapping their toes. With the songs that are included her Jim sang his way into our living rooms, automobiles, and our hearts. He was a true original, another of the incredible group of singer songwriters who not only performed so brilliantly, but also wrote the lyrics and composed the music as well.

Here we have every thing from "I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song" to "Photographs and Memories", from "Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown" to "You Don't Mess Around With Jim", from "One Less Set Of Footsteps" to "Operator". This is a wonderful album, one filled with all the thoughts and ideas and emotions he evoked so well in his lyrics and his songs. Those of us who came to appreciate his talent and his art were saddened by his death, but are yet thankful he left behind such wonderful photographs and memories, such priceless and timeless reminders of the good times he gave us. That why I wanted to weigh in with this review; I just had to say I loved him in a song... Enjoy!
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This is the first Jim Croce CD I got and I would recommend the same to any newcomer to this style of music. If you are just beginning this is a good place to start. The songs all sound beautiful and the quality is great even though there aren't as many songs on here as I would have liked. Be sure to get the rest of his CD's if you want to complete your collection. This just skims over the tippy top of his greatest hits, but there were also a couple that I didn't remember when I got it. Even though you, as a newcomer, might only want this CD for the well knowns like Bad, Bad Leroy Brown and Time in a Bottle (beautiful all by itself of course), don't bypass the lesser known ones, which deviate a bit in style from his most typecast songs. You will defintitely get a fuller view of Jim's music, as in New York's Not my home, and Workin at the Car Wash blues. But still get other collections eventually. Stay open minded as you listen, you might be pleasantly surprised at how much you can get out of these songs!
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In the 21st Century, the figure of Jim Croce is certainly a strange one. It is almost sure that he would not have "fit in." Oh it is more than his folksy music. It is his looks too. I find it impossible to believe Jim Croce would have had any chance whatsoever in today's music industry.
However in his all-too-brief music career in the 1970's, he had the golden touch. "Photographs and Memories" captures the best of Croce's career.
In "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" we have an excellent portal to the rest of the album. Leroy Brown is a fun song from the moment it begins with its playful piano opening.
Croce turns on a dime from the momentum of "Leroy Brown" in the next song "Operator." In "Operator" Jim Croce reveals a certain tenderness in singing about a loss love and a broken heart and does so to a telephone operator. Croce's voice in "Operator" and the other "ballads" is never obtrusive - rather it seems to be part of the music as an instrument of its own.
At almost all points (except "Lover's Cross"), Croce's music is accessible. We understand and can easily identify the characters in the songs. We understand and have many times felt the emotions Croce captures so well. This is a worthy album to have and a gem to cherish.
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Would've been nice to have the sort-of Christmas song, "It Doesn't Have To Be That Way," on this set. But otherwise, "Photographs and Memories" is a brief, full collection of Jim Croce's early 70s hits. Its capturing of a time and musical era allows it to hold the same esteem as best-ofs from James Taylor, Seals & Crofts, Gordon Lightfoot, and other folk/rock performers.
During his too-brief recording career, Croce avoided the political stridency or overly sensitive navel-gazing of most singer/songwriters. Instead, he relied on imagery (growing up in the same general Philadelphia area Croce did, you saw enough roller derby queens, stock car boys, and mean junkyard dogs to know what he sang about), and even a sense of irony and humor to get his character and gentle love songs over. ("Time In A Bottle" with its haunting guitar intro, is the best of these despite inclusion in the sappy, ironically-titled TV movie "She Lives.")
This is all the Croce casual fans will need; otherwise, seek out original albums like "Life and Times," "I Got A Name," and "You Don't Mess Around With Jim" and even the posthumous LP "The Faces I've Been."
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