Photographs & Memories Best of, Original recording remastered
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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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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!
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.
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."
Most recent customer reviews
this cd is so amazing...I just love it, the only down side is that you can't help but play it over and over and over again..Published on July 1 2014 by mary
One of my favorite cds ... Why don't the radio stations play any of his music anymore???????? 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎. Amazing cd with heart clearly...Published on April 25 2014 by FU
As with any greatest hits album you get someone else's idea of greatest hits. Yet if you only intend to buy one Jim Croce album you can not go wrong with this one. Read morePublished on July 1 2006 by bernie
Jim Croce was a great singer songwriter. This CD just straches the surface- The 2 CD "Jim Croce 50 Anniversary" collection is so much more worth the cost of a few extra... Read morePublished on March 29 2003 by Mark Worobetz