August 1, 2015 – 3:38 pm

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Philadelphia 1967/Cleveland 1972 [no label, 1CD]

Live with Ingrid Croce on the Gene Shay Program, WIOQ 102.5 FM, Philadelphia; 1967 (rebroadcast 1984). Very good FM. Live at the Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH; November 15, 1972. Very good soundboard (vinyl rip; slight vinyl noise).

With hits such as I Got A Name, I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song, Time In A Bottle and Bad Bad Leroy Brown, one tends to think of Jim Croce more as a singer-songwriter than a folk singer. Back then, with the Jim Croce Trio in 1967, he was closer to Peter, Paul And Mary; and when Croce put Kipling’s Gunga Din poem to music, he recalled Phil Ochs. In 1973, Jim Croce and lead guitarist Maury Muehleisen and five others were killed when their airplane crashed in Louisiana.

Thanks to John G Huber who shared the Philadelphia show at The Traders’ Den.

Thanks to wolfsbane for sharing the Cleveland show at Dime.

wolfsbane noted:

This is a great show that I had on vinyl back in the late ’70s, and fortunately my brother still had a copy. This is a fresh rip from his vinyl bootleg. The name of the boot is “Dead Men Still Tell Tales”.

I had recently seeded this show at a couple of other torrent sites, but this one is a bit different. The previous lineage was “vinyl > Magix > CD > EAC > WAV > FLAC Level 6″. At the urging of some folks, I was able to remove a generation by getting the direct rip from vinyl from my brother for this torrent. I don’t know that there is an appreciable difference in sound quality, but there you have it. A “generation” has now been removed.

Anyway, the sound is really great - my old copy of the bootleg guide “Hot Wacks” calls it “excellent stereo” and I can’t argue. It’s up there with the best of the Jim Croce boots in terms of sound quality and performance, in my opinion. Hope you enjoy this!

Philadelphia: FM > master cassette > cdr > wav > FLAC
Cleveland: vinyl > Magix > WAV > FLAC Level 6

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Philadelphia 1967
Track 01. Interview #1 0:55 (1.5MB)
Track 02. Darcy Farrow 2:38 (4.4MB)
Track 03. Interview #2 2:26 (4.1MB)
Track 04. Gunga Din 4:00 (6.7MB)
Track 05. Interview #3 1:26 (2.4MB)
Track 06. Coconut Grove 1:34 (2.6MB)
Track 07. Interview #4 1:27 (2.4MB)
Track 08. Bringing Mary Home 3:12 (5.4MB)
Track 09. Interview #5 2:07 (3.6MB)
Track 10. Any Old Time 3:02 (5.1MB)
23 mins

Jim Croce - vocals & guitar
Ingrid Croce - Vocals
Carl (?) - upright bass
Ken (?) - cornet

Jim Croce & Maury Muehleisen (guitar)
Cleveland 1972

Track 11. Operator 3:54 (6.6MB)
Track 12. It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way (story) 0:46 (1.3MB)
Track 13. It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way 2:39 (4.5MB)
Track 14. Roller Derby Queen (story) 5:28 (9.2MB)
Track 15. Roller Derby Queen 2:57 (5.0MB)
Track 16. Box #10 (story) 1:02 (1.7MB)
Track 17. Box #10 2:29 (4.2MB)
Track 18. I’ve Been Framed (story) 0:29 (830k)
Track 19. I’ve Been Framed 2:37 (4.4MB)
Track 20. I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song 3:57 (6.6MB)
Track 21. Speedball Tucker (story) 6:37 (11.1MB)
Track 22. Speedball Tucker 4:19 (7.2MB)
Track 23. New York’s Not My Home 3:26 (5.8MB)
Track 24. You Don’t Mess Around With Jim (story) 0:58 (1.6MB)
Track 25. You Don’t Mess Around With Jim 2:52 (4.8MB)
45 mins

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  1. 17 Responses to “JIM CROCE - PHILADELPHIA 1967/CLEVELAND 1972”

  2. Wow… So many thanks for this.
    & everything.
    It doesn´t make the weekend.
    I´ll do.
    Let´s try.

    By Kint on Aug 1, 2015

  3. Nice! Thank you. Croce is one that I wonder how his career would have been. He was just starting out, really. But there are too many like that. Too many greats lost to planes and a helicopter.

    By ScarRad on Aug 1, 2015

  4. makes me sad
    remembering long gone love

    By fruchtas on Aug 1, 2015

  5. Jim Croce is very underrated. The fact that he was taken away in the middle of such a prolific period makes it all the more tragic.

    Thanks as always for sharing this stuff, Big O.

    By mackdaddyg on Aug 1, 2015

  6. This contains the final moments of the legendary Jim Croce and his lead guitarist, Maury Muehleisen. Only 15 minutes after this concert ended, they were both killed when their charted plane crashed during take-off from the Natchitoches, LA airport.

    By Eddie_1412 on Aug 1, 2015

  7. Wow - another nice surprise. Another talented musician/songwriter who died WAY too early. Thanks big o!

    By Daniel Kershner on Aug 1, 2015

  8. The late 50’s and 60’s were really bad as far as losing talented people to accidents - Johnny Horton, Jim Reeves, Buddy Holly, Big Bopper, Ricky Nelson in the 80’s, etc., etc. - Friggin tragic.

    By Daniel Kershner on Aug 1, 2015

  9. duane allman stevie ray vaughan keith relf

    By darth on Aug 1, 2015

  10. richie valens

    By darth on Aug 1, 2015

  11. Keep naming them darth! Let’s revel in some more tragedies.

    Big O, thanks for all of the great music.

    By dearth on Aug 2, 2015

  12. Thanks for the Jim croce recordings, I would like to see recordings for Jim Croce at the Philadelphia Folk festival 1970, The villanova spires/ Villanovans album on Rca(early 1960s,) a release called: Villanova Spires/Coventry Lads 1962-1963, and a release of Sonny bono, without Cher, and up to 1966, including songs as Sonny, Ronny Summers, and Don Christy(Released on 45s)

    By Martin Pardys on Aug 2, 2015

  13. Martin P. —>
    Jim Croce - 1973 Philadelphia Folk Festival

    By Eddie_1412 on Aug 3, 2015

  14. @ Eddie :Only 15 minutes after this concert ended, they were both killed when their charted plane crashed during take-off…
    I always thought they both died in 1973 (?)

    By Adrie Meijer on Aug 4, 2015

  15. Adrie - after the Natchitoches concert 1973 like my YT Link.. sorry for missunderstood.

    By Eddie_1412 on Aug 4, 2015

  16. Thanks for the file, Eddie!
    Martin pardys

    By Martin Pardys on Aug 7, 2015

  17. Could someone post these 2 songs from Laredo: “I don’t have a fortune” and “She never looked better? The first is a Jim and Ingrid Croce cover and the second is written by people Jim croce worked with in his music career.

    By Martin P on Aug 27, 2017

  18. Any chance of these being re-upped? Or in lossless also? Thank you! This is a great blog.

    By Jeff C on Mar 25, 2019

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