Jim Croce only lived to the age of 30 but he definitely left his mark in folk music history. I think at times he was considered more soft rock / easy listening than traditional folk but whatever category you want to place him it doesn't really matter. He was a great artist for any of these genres. Songs such as "I'll have to say I love you in a song," "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown," "Operator," and "I got a name" are timeless classics for me.
Jim Croce was a wonderful folk musician. And this is the album that defines how great he was. It's a wonderful mixture of how he mastered both slow songs of love and fast ballads. Songs like Bad, Bad Leroy Brown, Photographs and Memories, and Time In A Bottle will go down in history as some of his greatest tunes.