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British guitarist analyses Jim Croce's "Operator"

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by HotRodSteve, Apr 13, 2021.

  1. HotRodSteve

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    The part where Fil talks about the music industry was pretty enlightening for me being an amateur. I always figured when an artist got a big contract with a label he was set for life, like hitting the lottery. Not really. No wonder Jim Croce was ready to leave the business, and he was very talented to say the least. Great song by the way.
     
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    That guy’s haircut always cracks me up. The British guy. Well, Jim had quite a mess on his head too but at least it was appropriate for the times.
     
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    Maury's Martin lives near here.
    I've played it.
    Still has a set list taped to it.
    First song...Operator.
     
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    Great song. Funny, I was working on it last weekend. Chord runs are fun and sound big.

    Wife said...not her favorite, but I'm a hopeless romantic and love it!!!
     
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    This is like the unboxing videos and reaction videos, I just can't watch this guy...
    watch whatever artists perform,
    while I watch.
     
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    Thank You for posting this! Jim was great!
     
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    I just don’t get it?

    The reaction thing, I’ll just watch the original and have my own thoughts
     
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    A mate had this LP , we listened to it a lot and could sing along..

    his name was Jim, he loved this tune....:D

    Photographsandmemories.jpg

     
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    This kind of thing, to me, doesn't fit this forum. There are a zillion youtube vids out there - this is supposed to be about sharing music, not watching people comment on music.

    PS I've always loved Jim Croce, even the sappiest tunes are great.
     
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    I'm just here to say that song is absolutely sick and Jim Croce is peak storyteller songwriter. God bless this guy.
     
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    If you get the chance, buy Maury’s disc.

    When I did, it came with a HAND WRITTEN AND SIGNED thank you from his sister.

    I have never been more moved from the purchase of a disc.
     
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    JC's songs were on the radio when I started learning guitar, on my acoustic. He wrote some great story songs, with pretty complex music - Operator, Photographs and Memories, New York's Not My Home, just so good. I like how he also wrote humorous songs, too, like, You Don't Mess Around With Jim, Bad, Bad Leroy Brown, Rapid Roy, and Roller Derby Queen. I'd love to write as well as he did.

    And, yup, advances are recoupable. Good reminder of how the business works.


     
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    I love Croce...but one thing all these videos prove - as great as everybody thought those big plastic Ovations were, they got nothing on a pair of Martins...
     
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    Maury was freakin incredible.

    His lead work was flawless WHILE singing perfect harmony. I love watching Maury and using him as a teaching tool for others that I have played live with.

    Maury would stare down Jim, watch Jim’s mouth and perfectly match his pronunciation, annunciation, articulation, diction, timing....he was a machine.

    The Everly Brothers
    Simon and Garfunkel
    The Righteous Brothers
    Lennon and McCartney

    Croce and Muelheisen.... everyone should know his name.
     
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    Sorry, this is my last post on Maury... watch starting at the 44 sec mark, staring Jim down for the harmony....perfection.

     
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    I was amazed after watching a documentary on Croce a couple of years ago just how short his time at the top was, and how many great songs he put out in that short time.
     
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    Hey @HotRodSteve , don't hate on me, but I commented before watching the vid. Now that I watched it, Fil's comments about the song chords, flow and especially lyrics line up with my take. I played this for a couple hours last Sunday, getting the upward and downward chord runs to sound as clean as I could make them. and sing along.

    When he mentions Jim and his wife travelling 300,000 miles in '68, I can't imagine doing that in the vehicles of that day...tires going 10k, brakes, plugs, etc. Nothing like what we drive nowadays.

    So, Thanks for the memory and bringing Jim back for a minute.
     
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