3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Worth it just for 'Is there anybody here'. A true classic,
This review is from: In Concert (Audio CD)
I have only recently discovered the music of Phil Ochs, and this album is probably the best introduction to his music that I could have hoped for, such is the quality of the songwriting and singing. Upon hearing 'Is there anybody here' - in my opinion probably the greatest anti-war song ever written - I was blown away. And then, as with my all-time favourite songwriter, Newcastle's imperishable Alan Hull (equally ridiculously underrated like Ochs, it would seem, and unknown to many), Ochs moves away from his trenchant (though often hilarious) attacks on imperialism and the hypocrisies of the political right, to more beautiful and reflective numbers like 'When I'm gone' and the heartrending 'Changes'. Ochs was clearly a very gifted and clever songwriter, and it is to be lamented not only that he was unable to bear the burden of his genius and the topsy-turvy times in which he lived, but that there is nobody of his calibre writing today. His music is a joy and I unreservedly recommend it.