Jim Croce - The Faces I've Been
Jim Croce - The Faces I've Been

Jim Croce - The Faces I've Been

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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, and the tracklisting is chronological and the liner notes described 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.

AllMusic Review by

Released after his early demise, The Faces I've Been was almost entirely recorded before Jim Crocemade it big. But that's not to say that the songs here are sub-standard. Jim Croce displays his many talents in this set, be they covers of "This Land Is Your Land" and "Old Man River," or his own tunes such as "Which Way Are You Goin'" and "Stone Walls." A fine overview of a singer/-songwriter coming to grips with his talent. Good.