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Phil Ochs' recording career forced him to work within a system that often took too long to release what should have come out instantaneously. In his earliest days, Ochs was a singing journalist, writing songs that captured the news of the day with a satirical spin on the proceedings. Broadside magazine was able to communicate the activities of folk singers far more quickly than any record label, and Ochs often stopped by its office to play his songs so that the editors could transcribe the lyrics. Ochs sometimes skipped the choruses and occasionally rushed through the songs, since he wasn't concerned with his performances. Yet this is a great document to have of the young songwriter, featuring songs about the times that are now merely footnotes in the larger scheme. The most memorable songs here include "Remember Me," "The Passing of My Life," and a live version of The Beatles' "I Should Have Known Better," recorded in 1964 at New York's Village Gate with fellow-folkie Eric Andersen on harmonica.

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Broadside Tapes 1

Interesting. Nice to have for the "history" of it. Phil Ochs is an important voice of the 60s. Most of it I will probably not listen to again. Best cut (to me) is: Remember Me (especially for Veterans and the rest of us in a time of war), and another one i liked was Hazard Kentucky.

Only for the dedicated fan...

This recording is only for the devoted fans of Ochs. The recording quality is poor, there's noise/talking in the background, and Ochs was recording these tracks only for archival purposes. That said, I love this disc. There are some fantastic tracks on here -- a tragedy that many of them never got recorded commericially by Ochs. "If I Knew" and "The Passing of My Life" are stand-outs for me, but there are many quality songs here.


Born: December 19, 1940 in El Paso, TX

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Phil Ochs is a figure both glorious and tragic who haunts the history of the 1960s folk revival and its aftermath. A topical singer and songwriter in the manner of Lee Hays, Pete Seeger, and Woody Guthrie from the previous generation, he was forever in the shadow of Bob Dylan in terms of the recognition for his music; but unlike Dylan -- who, in retrospect, seemed to approach his work with overpowering facility and talent, but only occasional moments of definable dedication to the causes seemingly...
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