"You Don't Mess Around with Jim" - Jim Croce - 1972
I know most of my list will be safe but this first album is an absolute must-have for me.
Jim Croce was part of the folk rock genre that was a nice relief from the hard rock I listened to most of the time back in the early 70s. His voice spoke to me. He was real, he was genuine, but like many musicians of that time, he was taken from us much too soon. I bought this album the same day it came out ... from good old Tower Records on Watt Avenue.
I love the title track, but for me the best song on the album is "Time in a Bottle." Every time I hear this song, I flash back to a warm summer day spent with some dear friends on the beach at Granite Bay. The song came on the radio and corny as it sounds we all stopped and sang along. Those were good times and a dear memory - of those still living and those who have passed on.
1. "You Don't Mess Around with Jim"
2. "Tomorrow's Gonna Be a Brighter Day"
3. "New York's Not My Home"
4. "Hard Time Losin' Man"
5. "Photographs and Memories"
6. "Walkin' Back to Georgia"
7. "Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)"
8. "Time in a Bottle"
9. "Rapid Roy (The Stock Car Boy)"
10. "Box #10"
11. "A Long Time Ago"
12. "Hey Tomorrow"
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