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posted: 8/4/2014 12:10 PM

New album features Jim Croce's 1973 concert at Harper

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  • Jim Croce performs at Harper College in Palatine in 1973.

    Jim Croce performs at Harper College in Palatine in 1973.
    Courtesy of The Harbinger

Submitted by Harper College

Harper College is at the heart of a new compilation of Jim Croce songs that was recently released, nearly 41 years after the folk-rock singer-songwriter died in a plane crash.

Croce performed before a capacity crowd Feb. 2, 1973, on the Palatine campus. Ten of those songs, including "You Don't Mess with Jim" and "New York's Not My Home," appear on the new album, 'Lost Time in a Bottle."

The 24-track album also features several demo recordings, such as renditions of his classics "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and "Time in a Bottle."

Los Angeles-based Cleopatra Records released the album July 22 as a CD and digital download and later will bring it out on vinyl.

The concert was described as a showcase of both Croce's musical talent and his comedy routines in an article that appeared in Harper's newspaper, The Harbinger.

"In an interview before the concert, Croce said that 'college students are pretty sophisticated listeners,'" the singer told student reporters Mike Morey and Greg Fife.

Croce died in a plane crash later that year, just an hour after wrapping up a concert at Northwestern State University in Louisiana. The next day, one of his most iconic singles -- "I Got a Name" -- was released. Five of Croce's songs landed in Billboard's Top 10.