Sunday, March 27, 2011

Song of the Week: "Pleasures of the Harbor"

From my favorite Phil Ochs album, 1967.

5 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

My goodness, you're 30-something? 30-something guys don't have a favorite Phil Ochs album; most of them can't even spell Ochs. I'm deeply impressed, and slightly asstonished.

The Pretentious Know it All said...

Good pick. This is not really apropos to anything, but I was wondering if you watched the "Big Love" series finale. If so, I'm curious to read your unvarnished, no nonsense opinion of it. I know you've expressed very founded concerns that the show had dug itself into a hole, but the ending seems to be getting split response.

Nathan said...

I don't know much of his music, but I know who he is, and I'm 33. Actually, They Might Be Giants covered one of his songs.

Johnny Yen said...

I discovered Mr. Ochs' music around 1990 or so after hearing Billy Bragg's "I Dreamed I Saw Phil Ochs Last Night" (an homage to Earl Robinson's labor classic "I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night"). His music was astonishing; he had overtly political stuff, but ranged so much wider. My two favorites of his are the live version of "Tape From California" that was on the great "Farewells and Fantasies" collection and "Jim Dean of Indiana."

Have your read either of the bios written about him, "Death of a Rebel" or "There But for Fortune?"

SamuraiFrog said...

Roger: Thanks.

Know It All: I couldn't make it through the entire season premiere. I just started to get irritated and threw in the towel. Now that it's over, I was thinking about just watching it all On Demand, because I am curious about how they ended it.

Nathan: Show off ;)

Johnny: I haven't; I actually haven't been listening to Ochs for very long, but I love everything I've heard by him. He really is something special.