Greatest Hits (Phil Ochs album)

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Greatest Hits
Studio album by Phil Ochs
Released February 1970
Recorded late 1969
Genre Folk, Country, Rock, Orchestral
Length 37:43
Label A&M
Producer Van Dyke Parks, Andrew Wickham
Phil Ochs chronology
Rehearsals For Retirement
(1969)
Greatest Hits
(1970)
Gunfight At Carnegie Hall
(1975)

Greatest Hits was Phil Ochs' seventh LP and final studio album. Contrary to its title, it offered ten new tracks of material, mostly produced by Van Dyke Parks, and was released in 1970. Focusing more on country music than any other album in Ochs' canon, it featured an impressive number of musicians, including members of The Byrds and Elvis Presley's backing group alongside mainstays Lincoln Mayorga and Bob Rafkin. His lyrics were at their most self-referential and only one overtly political song appeared, "Ten Cents A Coup," which includes an earnest (though comical) spoken introduction strung together from two anti-war rallies. The song is an ironic tribute to Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew, who Ochs wryly suggests are more laughable than Laurel and Hardy.

Among the self-referential tracks was "Chords of Fame", which warned against the dangers of popularity. "Boy In Ohio" saw Ochs looking back nostalgically at his childhood and "Jim Dean of Indiana" was a tale of James Dean's life, a tribute to him, written after Ochs had visited Dean's grave.[citation needed] "No More Songs" was the most telling of the tracks, as Ochs would release but five more studio[clarification needed] tracks in his lifetime after 1970, never completing another studio album.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Phil Ochs.

  1. "One Way Ticket Home" – 2:40
  2. "Jim Dean of Indiana" – 5:05
  3. "My Kingdom For A Car" – 2:53
  4. "Boy In Ohio" – 3:43
  5. "Gas Station Women" – 3:31
  6. "Chords of Fame" – 3:33
  7. "Ten Cents A Coup" – 3:14
  8. "Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Me" – 5:05
  9. "Basket in the Pool" – 3:40
  10. "No More Songs" – 4:31

Participants (partial list)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Greatest Hits > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved December 15, 2011.