Active in the 1960’s, Phil Ochs was a topical songwriter who drew his inspiration for songs from current affairs and used social commentary to highlight injustices. He was a contemporary of Bob Dylan on the American folk scene. Released in 1964 on Elektra records, ‘All the News that’s Fit to Sing’ was the first official studio album by Phil Ochs with its topics of civil, workers and human rights, totalitarianism, social injustice and war. The album tracks also include ‘The Bells’, an Edgar Allan Poe poem set to a Phil Ochs melody and ‘Bound for Glory’, a fine tribute song to songwriter Woody Guthrie. Possessed with a singular vocal and a gift for melody and lyricism, Phil Ochs songs often include humour. Later Phil Ochs recordings have more orchestration, can be quite quirky, are always interesting and appear more on the ‘best of’ compilations.
This is a good album which showcases many of the talents of Phil Ochs. His excellent voice brings out the superb lyrics in many of the songs on this CD. Although there are a couple of weaker tracks this is well worth adding to your collection.