Phil went through many different stages in his career. He was a pioneer in different genres, often experimenting with new styles. He was never afraid of change, -in fact he lived for it! Tape from California followed on from his earlier themes. There are songs protesting against the inhumanity of America's needless war in Vietnam in such tracks as "White Boots Marching in a Yellow Land", through to the title track "Tape from California" which speaks of Phil's own circumstances and often disillusioned stance, or personal struggles, but he never gave up, all the years that he lived. He was committed to producing not only good music, expertly crafted, but also songs that really meant something. Some of his earlier works, the raw folksy albums, may sound a bit dated now, but Tape from California will never grow old. This album has on it some of the most melodic and beautiful songs that Phil ever penned (and I have all of Phils albums!). My vinyl copy is a bit scratchy now, so I'm pleased to be able to get the CD version. This is one album that I NEED to have in my collection! ...who can live without beauty? This album is beautiful. I suggest buying it, whether you are an Ochs fan or not!