JIM CROCE - The Studio Album Collection (2015) [7 CD Box Set, Ltd. Edition]
In the music industry, arguably the worst tragedy that can befall an artist is to die in his or her prime, when just beginning to break through to the mainstream and reach people on a national or international level. One such artist was Jim Croce, a songwriter with a knack for both upbeat, catchy singles and empathetic, melancholy ballads. Though Croce only recorded a few studio albums before an untimely plane crash, he continues to be remembered posthumously. Croce appealed to fans as a common man, and it was not a gimmick -- he was a father and husband who went through a series of blue-collar jobs. And whether he used dry wit, gentle emotions, or sorrow, Croce sang with a rare form of honesty and power. Few artists have ever been able to pull off such down-to-earth storytelling as convincingly as he did.
Limited seven CD box set spanning the entire career of singer/songwriter Jim Croce and featuring all the studio recorded albums as well as a bonus disc of demo recordings. Croce's untimely death in an aeroplane crash (in September 1973, at just the age of 30 years old) came at a point in his career when he seemed set for a lengthy and rewarding career. This box is the first time all the studio albums have ever been brought together in a single package, from the self-released debut Facets, recorded and released for just $500 - a wedding gift from Jim's parents - to "I Got a Name," which was released posthumously after his death whilst on tour promoting the previous album. Discs Two and Three are collaborations with his wife Ingrid, and Discs Four, Five and Six were are recorded for and released by ABC Records. The final bonus disc of this set features demo recordings including those which when presented to ABC Records secured the deal for the albums. The booklet which is the eight piece in this set, includes the lyrics and comprehensive 5000 word note by Alan Robinson.
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