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Broadside Tapes 1

15 Oct. 1989 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 15 Oct. 1989
  • Release Date: 15 Oct. 1989
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  • Copyright: (c) 1995 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  • Total Length: 37:29
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,633 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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The only reason I give this album 3 and not 5 stars, is not for the quality and integrity of Och's work, (that is here in abundance), it is that I've been spoiled, and I like the later stuff more, with fuller productions and orchestrations etc. But once again, here is Phil the 'journeyman' song writer at his best. He has served his apprenticeship, -travelling the highways and working mens' halls, and protest camps, singing passionately in the best 'Guthrie' tradition, now he settles down to make an album that displays all of his talent for taking contemporary issues, and crafting them into songs that are as skillful as any song can be. If you like 'folk' and want to hear more of what Phil could produce, add this album to your collection.
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Even committed Ochs fans should probably keep away from this one, not because the songs are bad (they are, at very least, interesting), but because the quality of the recording, and even Ochs' performance, is so low. We know that Ochs was a brilliant live performer (listen to the live version of "Changes" for proof), but this is very much a series of ad-hoc recordings on a low-fi tape machine, with Ochs sometimes forgetting the words, or interrupting himself mid-song. Had there been an accompanying film track, this would have made a fascinating documentary item. Those who are yet to appreciate Ochs genius are redirected to the "Best of's": "There But for Fortune" and the 2CD "American Troubadour", both sadly at fairly extortionate prices in 2013, but worth the money.
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HASH(0x88a430e4) out of 5 stars A misunderstood gem in the raw 26 Jan. 2002
By ken fogelman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is not the quintesential work of excellence for the casual fan wanting to round out a "folk collection". It is, instead, a vouyeristic look into a young songwriter breathlesly exploding with creative lust. The material (never intended for public release) is more a precurser for later greatness. It allows us to see and feel the roots of Ochs's talent and his desire to explore, share, and create. Intended solely as a vehicle to be shared by "Broadside" personnel, it provides wonderful insight for true Och's fans. Casual fans would be better served by other album releases, most notably,"Farewells and Fantasies".
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88a434ec) out of 5 stars Rightly rescued from the cutting room floor 23 Feb. 2006
By R. Banker - Published on
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The Broadside tape has that refreshing immediate quality in being recorded at the offices of Broadside magazine with which Phil was heavily associated. The songs span Phil featuring the immediate issues of the day to more lyrical, timeless matters - examples being 'Spaceman' , If I knew.' The quality of the songs is surprisingly goos and the album throws up a number of interesting oddities- examples being 'Christine Keeler' where Phil's sharp eye wittily surveys a British sex scandal and "I Shoulda Known Better' being Phil (and Eric Anderson's) acoustic cover of a Beatles song.The background chirping of a parakeet and the clattering of a typewriter in no way detracts from the performance, complete with Phil's brief verbal intros.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88a432f4) out of 5 stars Truly Phil Ochs best 26 Feb. 2004
By Moondog42 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I am a folk purest. i do not like the over produced sounds of Ochs pop albums. this is the album to buy if you love topical folk. it is direct and crisp. i count these many songs amongst the best he ever wrote. ballad of alfred packer, ballad of john henry faulk, spaceman, time was. i would name them all as excellent. must have for any phil ochs folkie fan!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88a438f4) out of 5 stars Wonderful Old Folk CD 16 Sept. 2011
By James M - Published on
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This CD was a gift from an old girlfriend of mine and is a particular favorite. It is very raw and I think it gives an idea of what the folk music coffeehouses of the 60s sounded like before Bob Dylan went electric. Very much an understated set of music though unfortunately some of the tunes are in a way dated because the topics are forgotten news stories. Nonetheless, a very enjoyable CD which is unlike anything else in my collection.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88a43960) out of 5 stars Phil ochs 1st CD 4 April 2000
By Mark B. Grossman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
His very first CD is as good as any! I recomend this to all.Some of the songs are The Ballad of Alfred Packer,Ballad of John Henry Faulk,That's the way it's gonna be,Remember Me,Time Was,also The beatles song I Shoulda Known Better is a nice addition I recomend all his music.He doesn't have any average songs. Even Bob Dylan has some average songs[not that many though].PHIL OCHS gets an 11 out of 10 BEST LYRICS EVER ANYWHERE!
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