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Jim Croce

Jim Croce Live: The Final Tour


Label:
Saja Records 91326-2
Format:
CD, Album
Country:
US
Released:
1989
Genre:
Folk, World, & Country
Style:
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Operator (That's Not The Way It Feels)


Roller Derby Queen Dialogue
5:28
Roller Derby Queen
2:57
Next Time, This Time
3:00
Trucker Dialogue
7:12
Speedball Tucker
2:20
New York's Not My Home
2:57
Hard Time Losin' Man
2:11
Ball Of Kerrymuir Dialogue
3:01
Ball Of Kerrymuir
3:28
You Don't Mess Around With Jim
2:41
It Doesn't Have To Be That Way
2:37
Careful Man Dialogue
2:15
Careful Man
1:54
Shopping For Clothes
2:21
These Dreams
3:13

Barcode and Other Identifiers


Barcode: 0 7567-91326-2 8
AllMusic.com
Duration
54:08
Genre"
Pop/Rock
Styles:
Singer/Songwriter
Soft Rock
AM Pop
Contemporary Pop/Rock
Recording Date
September 20, 1973

3:42

Album Moods
Autumnal Laid-Back/Mellow Relaxed Soothing Amiable/Good-Natured Reflective
Sentimental Sweet Bittersweet Gentle Humorous Intimate Melancholy Plaint
ive Poignant Wistful Cheerful Fun Light Lively Playful Rousing Soft/Qui
et Warm Wry Sad Rollicking
Themes
Day Driving Introspection Other Times & Places Sunday Afternoon Comfort Rai
ny Day Reflection Relaxation
Review by Steve Leggett
Jim Croce had just finished recording his third album, I Got a Name, and his sin
gle "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" had just hit the top of the pop charts, and he was in
the middle of a grueling tour when he pulled into Natchitoches, Louisiana for a
show at Northwestern State University's Prather Coliseum on September 20, 1973.
He was 30 years old, and after years playing in small clubs and bars, working c
onstruction, and driving trucks to pay the bills for his wife and son, his caree
r was finally taking off. A good guitarist with a versatile and comfortable ever
yman voice, Croce had also developed into a top-notch songwriter, penning songs
that were rich in narrative, full of characters, and arranged with memorable mel
odic hooks, and he knew his way around a ballad, too. Working on-stage with guit
arist and pianist Maury Muehleisen, Croce's live shows were comfortable and inti
mate affairs, with Croce setting up songs with entertaining back-porch monologue
s, and the concert in Louisiana was a typical one. It was also his last show. Th
ree hours after the concert, Croce, Muehleisen, and crew boarded a light plane b
ound for the next show of the tour in Austin, Texas. The plane crashed at takeof
f, killing all eight aboard, a tremendous tragedy and an immense loss. Amazingly
, an audience member at that last show had recorded the whole concert, and done
quite well at it -- so well, in fact, that it quite likely came from the soundbo
ard. It shows Croce in fine form, singing hits like "Operator (That's Not the Wa
y It Feels)" and "You Don't Mess Around with Jim" along with other tracks from h
is first two albums and a pair of covers, an arrangement of Robert Burns' bawdy
poem "Ball of Kirriemuir" and a fun version of the Coasters' "Shopping for Cloth
es," with four casual monologues between songs. It adds up to a nice portrait of
a singular songwriter, singer, and performer, and because it was his actual las
t performance, it takes on even greater archival importance. This same set was i
nitially issued seven years after Croce's death in 1980, and has been reissued s
everal times since on various labels, including Saja, Castle Music, Essential Re
cords, and Edison.