Shout! Factory Records has set an Oct. 14 release for two new releases honoring the life and work of late singer/songwriter Jim Croce.
Shout! Factory Records has set an Oct. 14 release for two new releases honoring the life and work of late singer/songwriter Jim Croce. A CD, "Jim Croce Home Recordings: Americana," featuring previously unreleased material recorded in 1967, and a DVD, "Have You Heard: Jim Croce Live," will arrive a month after the 30th anniversary of Croce's death in a plane crash.
The tracks on "Home Recordings" were recorded by Croce in his kitchen on a reel-to-reel tape recorder in 1967. The songs mostly comprise American folk/roots classics such as Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee's "Living With the Blues," Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried" and Lefty Frizzell's "Mom & Dad's Waltz." The recordings were compiled by Croce's widow Ingrid and his son A.J.
The DVD will collect Croce's early 1970s performances on television, bolstered with home movies, family photos and commentary by the likes of Randy Newman, Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina. The DVD is narrated by Ingrid and A.J. Croce, lending anecdotes and stories. The disc also includes an animated version of Croce's hit "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" sung by Cher and Sonny Bono.
Shout! Factory is also working on other archival Croce releases, including "Facets," an early album Croce made in 1966 that was limited to a 500-copy pressing. The label is shooting for an early 2004 release date for that disc.
Here is the track listing for "Have You Heard: Jim Croce Live DVD":
"Prologue: Photographs and Memories"
"You Don't Mess Around with Jim"
"Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)"
"Roller Derby Queen"
"One Less Set of Footsteps"
"Next Time, This Time"
"Workin' at the Car Wash Blues"
"Interlude: I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song"
"Bad, Bad Leroy Brown"
"New York's Not My Home"
"The Hard Way Every Time"
"Epilogue: Time in a Bottle"
Here is the track listing for "Jim Croce Home Recordings: Americana":
"Living With the Blues"
"Things 'Bout Goin' My Way"
"Nobody Loves a Fat Girl"
"You Oughta See Pickles Now"
"Cigarettes, Whiskey and Wild Wild Women"
"In the Jailhouse Now"
"If the Back Door Could Talk"
"Who Will Buy the Wine"
"Mom and Dad's Waltz"
"I Got Mine"
"Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate"
"Six Days on the Road"