Terry Cashman and Tommy West were Croce's producers, and they did their best to replicate the sound of Croce's live performances on the records. In a Songfacts interview with Terry Cashman
, he said: "We would set Jim up in a booth and he would play guitar and sing. And then we'd have Maury Muehleisen baffled off in a kind of a booth of his own in the studio, the most we would use on a track would be bass drums and maybe a keyboard. We would record Jim's vocal live. All those vocals, except for 'I Got A Name
,' are live vocals done with the band. So they have a certain sound to them that is unusual because of that. Most people, especially today, wouldn't do a live record at all because of computers. But even in the late '60s and early '70s when we did those records, people would do tracks without a vocal, and then add the vocal later. But we thought it was very important to capture that live feeling. Because Jim sang with the guitar, and Maury played with him as Jim sang. So if you hear them live they'll sound a lot like the record, even though it's only two instruments and just Jim singing, because of the similarity between the way that they sounded live and the way that we recorded them."