on February 23, 2004
I've been looking for this CD for years. I gave a copy to a friend many years ago for his birthday. We played it that night. Jim's sense of humour is present with the dialouge introducing some of the songs. You can hear his guitarist Murray singing harmony and adding his fingerpicking touch. On "Careful Man," he shares with the audience how while in the Army, he was bitten by a snake. "When you need someone to suck the poison out of the bite, you realize who your real friends are!" He also plays a dirty little ditty "The Ball of Kerrymuir," with a fake Scotch accent, commenting in the middle of the song "If anyone can draw a picture of this scene, I'd like to see it!" and makes a reference to newscaster Howard Hughes. He also talks about his short career as a truck driver ("I used to like to get real close to the cars that were slowing me down and blow the horn at them to get out of the way!"). And before he plays "Roller Derby Queen," he talks about a pie that was hard as brick ("Imagine the trouble Murray and I had digesting that!" Well, no thanks, Jim!). Famous songs like "Operator," "NY's Not My Home," "It Doesn't Have to Be That Way" and "You Don't Mess Around with Jim." The melancholy "These Days" closes the set and sounds a lot like the classic hit "Time in a Bottle" with its D minor/D major arrangement. Although the mix is a little off, this CD should serve to show what a great entertainer Jim was.
on July 20, 2008
This was Jim Croce's final show, he later died this night on Sept 20th 1973 as his plane hardly got off of the ground and hit a tree killing Jim & 5 other people..
A fan who was at the show recorded it on a tape, not knowing Jim would have died later that night..
This is a keep sake just for this reason not to mention that the music is great & has excellent dialog..