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  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: All Access
  • ASIN: B00HW9TJNQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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Although he is remembered best as one of the stalwarts of the 1960's Protest movement, Phil Ochs preferred to call himself a topical singer or a singing journalist. After dropping out of college in Ohio, and intent on becoming a folk-singer, the 21-year-old arrived in New York City in 1962. He quickly became a fixture on the Greenwich Village scene, with a strong body of original songs encompassing topics like civil rights, the labor movement, war and politics in general. Amongst his peers were such seminal artists as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Tom Paxton and Peter, Paul and Mary. Within a year of arriving in New York, Phil was so sufficiently established that he was offered a spot at the prestigious Newport Folk Festival in the summer of 1963. At this juncture he and Bob Dylan maintained a friendly rivalry. The latter was even heard to exclaim: I just can't keep up with Phil. And he just keeps getting better and better and better. For a while the pair shared a manager, Albert Grossman, and Phil cheekily performs a brief parody of Dylan s Positively 4th Street during this broadcast recording. It is a little unusual then, that Phil Ochs first record release was an anonymous album of traditional children's camp-fire songs. Camp Favourites was issued in 1962 by Cameo Records and is ostensibly performed by The Campers - a group actually consisting of Phil, a female vocalist, and banjoist Dick Weissman. Phil's official debut was, however, released on Jac Holzman's seminal Elektra Records label. All The News That s Fit To Print (the motto of the New York Times) was issued in 1964, with all 14 songs written (or co-written) by Ochs. Blues guitarist (and later star of the Blues Project), Danny Kalb plays throughout the album, while the Lovin Spoonful's John Sebastian contributes some uncredited harmonica on Bound For Glory. By the time of his subsequent record, 1965's I Ain't Marching Anymore, Phil was confident enough to completely dispense with the help, and the 14 songs were performed entirely solo. During this December 1965 radio broadcast, Phil plays just one already-released song - a version of Power And The Glory, from All The News... Several of the numbers included would remain unreleased for many years before finally being issued on retrospective collections. Morning was not released until the Farewells & Fantasies album released in 1997, whilst Song Of My Returning and City Boy, both languished in the vaults until 1986's A Toast To Those Who Are Gone. The highlight of this WBAI broadcast is the debut of Phil's classic track, Crucifixion (issued on 1967 s Pleasures of the Harbour), which had been written while on tour in the UK the previous month. Also destined to appear on later albums are Changes and Cannons of Christianity (Phil Ochs In Concert, 1966) and White Boots Marching In A Yellow Land and Joe Hill (both on Tape From California, 1968). In 1967 Ochs moved to A&M Records where he stayed until 1970 and for whom he recorded several more albums. His last studio release was Greatest Hits - a spoof title as it was composed entirely new material albeit with a more country and rock edge that his previous work. In 1973, whilst travelling in Africa, he was violently mugged and, as a direct result, lost the three top notes of his vocal range. This appalling experience exacerbated some already apparent mental problems and paranoia. His drinking also increased and his behaviour became increasingly erratic, to the extent that he invented a character - John Butler Train - and assumed that identity. In a truly bizarre twist he then claimed that he (Train) had killed Ochs and replaced him! In early 1976 he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and on 9th April of that year - his 36th birthday - he tragically took his own life.


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5.0 out of 5 starsA hero, today as much as yesterday !
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4.0 out of 5 starsThis is a good clear commercial production of an underground tape recording of ...
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5.0 out of 5 starsPhil Ochs at WBAI 15 December 1965--and the debut of Crucifixion
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3.0 out of 5 starsEarly (off the radio?) recording of early Ochs. For completists only.
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5.0 out of 5 starsthis guy was gone too soon
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