Home Recordings: Americana

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Home Recordings: Americana
Compilation album by Jim Croce
Released Oct 14, 2003
Recorded 1967
Genre Folk rock
Length 31:13
Label High Coin
Producer A.J. Croce, Ingrid Croce
Jim Croce chronology
Jim Croce Live: The Final Tour
(1980)Jim Croce Live: The Final Tour1980
Home Recordings: Americana
Have You Heard: Jim Croce Live
(2006)Have You Heard: Jim Croce Live2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]

Home Recordings: Americana is an album by American singer-songwriter Jim Croce, released in 2003. This album is a compilation of unreleased tracks and demos. This compilation was the first new material of Jim Croce's work released since 1973. The album also contains liner notes written by Croce's son A.J. Croce and his wife Ingrid Croce. The material was originally recorded in 1967 at his Pennsylvania kitchen table on an old Wollensak reel-to-reel tape recorder.[2]


A.J. Croce who co-produced the album told Billboard, "It was a very emotional experience for me. I really got to know a piece of my father that I'd never known. I'm influenced by old American music, of course, and by British pop music and rock'n'roll. I felt he was influenced by troubadours like Woody Guthrie and knew of his influences from the '20s and '30s—but never really heard them in his music. But he made a lot of home tapes of things he loved, and when I listened to them, I heard him play songs I had played when I was that age. He was discovering what he was about in these tapes. You can hear all these classic folk songs or jazz or blues or drinking songs, as well as early pieces of songs like 'Time in a Bottle' that were coming out of them. And at first he played his own songs timidly, whereas just a year or two later he had enormous confidence in playing his own material."[3]

Track listing[edit]

1."Living with the Blues"Brownie McGhee, Ruth McGhee1:59
2."Things 'Bout Goin' My Way"Hudson Whittaker2:04
3."Nobody Loves a Fat Girl"Ted Shapiro1:59
4."You Oughta See Pickles Now"Dick Reynolds2:09
5."Cigarettes, Whiskey and Wild Wild Women"Tim Spencer1:49
6."In the Jailhouse Now"Jimmie Rodgers1:51
7."If the Back Door Could Talk"Martin Grady1:42
8."Who Will Buy the Wine"Billy Mize1:30
9."Mom and Dad's Waltz"Lefty Frizzell1:20
10."The Wall"Harlan Howard4:35
11."Sadie Green (The Vamp of New Orleans)"Gilbert Wills, Johnny Dunn1:42
12."I Got Mine"Traditional2:48
13."I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate"Clarence Williams, Armand Piron1:39
14."Six Days on the Road"Carl Montgomery, Earl Green1:31
15."Mama Tried"Merle Haggard2:35



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Croce's Restaurant and Bar Home Recordings: Americana. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  3. ^ Bessman, Jim. "Son Reveals Croce's Roots." Billboard 115.49 (2003): 44. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 15 June 2011.