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|Have You Heard - Jim Croce Live|
Actor: Jim Croce
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
When Jim Croce died tragically in a plane crash on Sept. 20, 1973, he was just 30 years old and had recently been recognized as one of the most promising artists of his era. In a two-year span, he had eight Top 40 singl... more »
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Like stepping into a time machine
cyclista | the Midwest | 12/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Having purchased some really bad concert DVD's, I was not sure what to expect here. While you can definitely tell that this is old video, I was surprised and excited by the audio and video quality. Jim Croce brings a depth of emotion and warmth to his performances. Three songs are not played live in concert, but show photographs and video footage of Jim with his family. This is deeply moving. The live recordings are not of one concert, but a variety of formats. Although it was obvious that some of these recordings were for TV, these recordings brought back memories of the coffeehouse era. Just two guys with guitars singing into microphones. Jim Croce talks before some of the songs. There is nothing to interfere with the enjoyment of the music. This DVD creates the experience of actually being there. There is direct access to every song. The 16 songs are 52 minutes long. The bonus features are 21 minutes long. Ingrid gives a 52 minute commentary. She describes how she and Jim Croce met and how she fell in love with him. She talks about Jim's life and career. She tearfully describes their last conversation and reminds us that Jim Croce was not the only one to die in the plane crash, that guitarist Maury Muehleisen died with him. (Road manager Dennis Rast, booking agent Ken Cortese, comedian George Stevens, and pilot Robert Elliott were killed in this crash.) The 21 minute commentary by A.J. Croce discusses getting to know his father as a person through Jim's music and interviews of those who knew Jim. He talks about the bonus features included in the DVD.Seeing Jim Croce brought back the profound sense of loss of this wonderful man and tremendous talent. This over 2 hour DVD is an intensely personal and intimate picture of Jim Croce the man, husband, father, and friend, and Jim Croce the musician. This tribute to Jim Croce is a reminder to us of how brief life is. "Have You Heard - Jim Croce Live" is a tremendous DVD and I highly recommend it."
My First Hero
Benedict J. Likens | Whiting, IN USA | 03/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I remember being about 7 years old and seeing Jim Croce on PBS' Soundstage show. I was struck by his melodies even then. The first rock album my mom bought for me (I guess I'll call it "rock" for convenience's sake) was the album You Don't Mess Around With Jim that, of course, included the title track which I loved and which initially turned me on to Croce in the first place. But I loved all the songs. Songs like "A Long Time Ago," "Box #10" and "Dreamin' Again" from the Life and Times record got to me then and still get to me now. Croce's stuff never, ever gets old. To finally be able to see Croce and his guitarist, Maury Muelheisen, on this amazing DVD is more than a treat. It's a poignant look at what was and perhaps what might have been. The defining moment of the DVD for me is during my favorite Croce song, "The Hard Way Every Time." It's a song that, as things tragically developed, turned out to be the writer's own eulogy. The song describes a life lived with plenty of failures and setbacks. However, after the last few words of the song: "And in looking back/At the faces I've been/I would sure be the first one to say/When I look at myself today/I wouldn't've done in any other way," someone in the audience starts to clap, but suddenly stops him/herself. In that brief moment, something very subtle, but also very triumphant, happens. It's difficult to explain, but confidently standing by and claiming one's life, and not discounting the tragedies that shaped one's character as much as if not more than the triumphs, is, to me, the very essence of being truly and honestly human. Croce, amazing artist that he was, captured that idea in a few lines in a two-minute song, and someone in that audience of long ago 'got it.' It's a beautiful moment that, for me, encapsulates this man's attitude and his short but wonderful and creative life.I wish that Croce's CD's would be released in their original studio song sequences and packaging (although the 50th Birthday Collection comes pretty close in terms of the sequencing), but as long as the man's music is available in some form or another, someone will be out there to discover it and marvel at the tunes and lyrics that Croce was able to write. And now, we have this excellent visual document. Well done and, Ingrid and A.J., if you discover any more, put it out! You have one sure buyer in me."
Jim Croce lives!
Benedict J. Likens | 10/14/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The long-awaited "video document" of Jim Croce is out and it delivers the goods. On the DVD are many wonderful, intimate clips of Jim and his guitarist Maury Muehleisen performing Jim's greatest hits, gathered from television broadcasts. These clips haven't been seen publicly since the early 70s and the experience of seeing Jim and Maury "alive" thirty years after they died is absolutely incredible. One absolutely unforgettable moment in the clip of "Workin' at the Car Wash Blues" is when Jim and Maury end the song and then stand before the television camera smiling at each other just before fadeout, neither man knowing the fate awaiting them. There is no sense of doom or impending tragedy on this DVD, just a celebration of Jim Croce and his music by those who loved him most.Each clip is presented apparently complete and unedited as they were originally shown. Jim's widow Ingrid offers commentary (along with Producer Nick Redman) on a separate audio track during the main feature, and son A.J. Croce does the same during the special features.This DVD is an absolute must for any Jim Croce fan. To view it is to see the man live right before your very eyes."
Wayne Roy Smith | cr, ca. United States | 07/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"awesome dvd. I never seen him live and this dvd picture and sound are excellent. Only one word of warning if you let older females listen to it, you end up having to get yourself another one because they are not giving it back. HaHa"