Personnel: Jim Croce (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Tommy West (vocals, guitar, piano, electric piano, keyboards, percussion, background vocals); Terry Cashman (vocals, background vocals); Maury Muehleisen (acoustic guitar, background vocals); H.J. Boyle, H.J. Boyle (electric guitar); Joe Macho (bass instrument); Gary Chester (drums); Ellie Greenwich, The Briggs , Tasha Thomas (background vocals).
Recording information: Hit Factory, New York, NY (1971-1973).
Photographer: Paul Wilson.
Jim Croce was one of the definitive artists working the pop end of the early-1970s singer/songwriter sound, and YOU DON"T MESS AROUND WITH JIM is the album that made him a star. His warm, guy-next-door vocal style wraps itself invitingly around such expertly crafted tunes as the broken-hearted ballad "Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)," the hypnotic "Time in a Bottle," and of course the good-humored tall tale of the bluesy, shuffling title track, on one of the definitive folk-pop albums of the '70s.