Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Phil Ochs - Live at Newport

Oh hello there, I didn't see you come in! I don't know if this CD is out of print, but if its not, it's certainly in low circulation. As great as this album is, I wish it was solely an entire Newport set, rather than selections from Phil's three appearances (1963, 1964, and 1966 (he was inexplicably snubbed in 1965, but he managed to sneak in and watch Dylan's electro-extravaganza, as the liner notes explain)) Maybe these are the whole sets, and they were just short, I don't know how the festival worked. Anyways, Phil live is a wonderous thing to listen to, if he is as nervous as he supposedly was, it doesn't show. What a Charmer, that Ochs is.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Phil Ochs - As I Walk Alone: Rare and Unreleased Demos

This was a actually rather interesting find a few months ago, for several reasons:

1)I had actually gone to the record store to search for the newly released On My Way 1963 demo sessions (which I will probably post next).
2) I had never heard of it
3) It appears to be a Japanese bootleg of some kind, which is kind of absurd. The CD inserts are made with Staples photo stock (made obvious by the watermark on the backsides) and the tracklisting on the back is misnumbered and omits a few tracks. PURE FUCKING QUALITY!

Of course I paid more than I probably should have for this, considering the quality, but goddamn is it a hefty dose of rare demos. The scan below is of the back insert (which as mentioned omits a few tracks) which showcases a pretty fantastic photo of some good ol' police on activist brutality.

So at last, enjoy these 45 or so fantastic tracks!

Disc 1
Disc 2

Phil Ochs - Camp Favorites


I'm not going to even both trying to explain the fact that its been over a year since I've posted, other than that I just didn't feel like it! So to reinvigorate things in a good fashion, I'm going to post a bunch of Phil Ochs.

To start things off, here is a rare artifact:

Yes, this is actually Phil Ochs, who anonymously appeared on this album in 1962. While it is more of a novelty for completists such as myself, it is interesting to hear Phil sing all these silly traditional songs. There is precious little info available on this album, but enjoy nonetheless!

Download Camp Favorites

Stay tuned for more!