The Faces I've Been

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The Faces I've Been
Compilation album by Jim Croce
Released October 1975[1]
Recorded RPL Studios Camden, New Jersey, March 26, 1963; Villanova University, April 1963; RPL Studios Camden, New Jersey, July 1966; Columbia Records 30th Street Studios, New York, 1975; The Hit Factory, New York, 1970-1975
Genre Rock
Label Lifesong
Producer Terry Cashman,
Tommy West
Jim Croce chronology
Down the Highway
(1980)
The Faces I've Been
(1975)
Time in a Bottle: Jim Croce's Greatest Love Songs
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[2]

The Faces I've Been is a posthumous double album by Jim Croce, released in 1975. The album was designed to show Croce's artistic development. The tracklisting is chronological and the liner notes describe each period of Croce's career. Side one includes "1961-64 The Spires" and "1964-67 Facets." The Spires are a folk singing group affiliated with the Villanova Singers. The first two tracks are from an album released by Villanova and the third is a live concert recording from the period. The remaining four tracks on side one are from an album Croce recorded in 1966 entitled Facets. Sides two and three include the periods "1967-70" and "After 1970", respectively. Side four includes "The Raps", or Croce's storytelling in a live setting. Additional examples of this storytelling can be found on his other live releases. The album title comes from a line from Croce's song "The Hard Way Every Time". The album is the first release on Lifesong Records, a company formed by Croce production team Terry Cashman, Tommy West and attorney partner Phil Kurnit in 1975.

Track listing[edit]

The Faces I've Been
Lifesong Records LS 900 (1975)

Side 1:

  1. "This Land Is Your Land" (Woody Guthrie) Ludlow Music, Inc. (BMI) 1:28
  2. "Greenback Dollar" (H. Axton; K. Ramsey) Irving Music, Inc. 1:28
  3. "Pig's Song" (arranged by J. Croce) 0:55
  4. "Gunga Din" (music-J. Croce;lyric-Rudyard Kipling) 4:02
  5. "Sun Come Up" (J. Croce; R. Croce) 2:03
  6. "Big Fat Woman" (Eric Von Schmidt) Minglewood Music, Inc. (ASCAP) 1:56
  7. "Charlie Green Play That Slide Trombone" (adapted and arranged by J. Croce) 2:23

Side 2:

  1. "Railroads And Riverboats" (J. Croce; I. Croce) 3:09
  2. "Railroad Song" (J. Croce; I. Croce) 2:51
  3. "The Way We Used To Be" (J. Croce) 2:28
  4. "Maybe Tomorrow" (J. Croce) 2:28
  5. "Stone Walls" (J. Croce) 2:55
  6. "I Remember Mary" (Maury Muehleisen) 2:42
  7. "Country Girl" (J. Croce) 1:46

Side 3:

  1. "Which Way Are You Goin'" (J. Croce) 2:16
  2. "King's Song (J. Croce) 2:00
  3. "Mississippi Lady (J. Croce) 3:56
  4. "Chain Gang Medley 4:30
  5. "Old Man River (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II) T.B. Harms Co. (ASCAP) 2:25

Side 4:
This side consists of "Raps" which were featured in Jim Croce's concert appearances:

  1. Carmella....South Philly 6:00
    • "A Rose And A Baby Ruth" (J.D. Loudermilk) Acuff-Rose Publisher's, Inc. (ASCAP)
    • "Nobody Loves A Fat Girl" (J. Croce) Blendingwell Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
  2. "Cars And Dates, Chrome and Clubs" 2:31
    • "Saloon And Saloon" (M. Muehleisen) Blendingwell Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
  3. "The Chinese 2:24
    • "The Edges Of Your Day" (M. Muehleisen) Blendingwell Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
  4. "Trucks And Ups" 2:10
    • "Wear Out The Turnpike" (J. Croce) Blendingwell Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
  5. "The Army" (J. Croce) 3:34

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1975 Cananian RPM 100 83
1975 US Billboard 200 87

References[edit]

  1. ^ Strong, Martin Charles & John Peel Great Rock Discography
  2. ^ Allmusic review