Phil Ochs in Concert

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Phil Ochs in Concert
Live album by Phil Ochs
Released March 1966
Recorded 1965 - 1966 in Boston and New York
Genre Folk
Length 51:36
Label Elektra
Producer Mark Abramson and Jac Holzman
Phil Ochs chronology
I Ain't Marching Anymore
(1965)
Phil Ochs in Concert
(1966)
Pleasures of the Harbor
(1967)

Phil Ochs in Concert is Phil Ochs' third long player, released in 1966 on Elektra Records. Despite its title, it was not entirely live, as several tracks were actually recorded in the studio, owing to flaws in the live recordings made in Boston and New York City in late 1965 and early 1966, but it still retained the feel of a live album, including song patter and audience reactions. Featuring several of Ochs' most enduring songs, it represents the culmination of Ochs' folk career, the last of his original albums to be all-acoustic.

Songs[edit]

"There But For Fortune", which opens side two of the LP, is perhaps the best-known track. A minor hit for Joan Baez (whom Ochs jokingly credits with its authoring), this song encourages people to count themselves as fortunate, as fate takes its toll on those with broken lives who might have turned out differently under other circumstances, and makes the point that negative things can happen to anyone.

Perhaps the second most known track, "Love Me, I'm a Liberal", is a sarcastic take on the fair-weather politics of mainstream American liberals. It has been covered (often with updated lyrics) many times since its initial release.

The album features one of Ochs' few love songs, "Changes", an image-filled, impressionistic ballad lamenting the loss of his life with someone he loves. "Bracero" is a scathing attack on the plight of migrant workers who cross the border from Mexico to work for a pittance. "Cannons of Christianity" attacks the hypocrisy of church teachings and leaders. "Cops of the World" paints a portrait of America as invaders who want to impose their values and ways of life on the world, doing anything they please, expecting everybody else to comply. "Santo Domingo" depicts the 1965-66 U.S. occupation of the Dominican Republic as a ruthless imperialist adventure. "Ringing of Revolution" presents a utopian vision of proletarian conquest and marks one of the earliest recorded political references to Ronald Reagan in music.

The album opener, "I'm Gonna Say It Now", is in the voice of an idealistic college student towards the adults running the school, forcefully but respectfully asserting his right to speak his mind. The final song on the album, "When I'm Gone," is a prescient, sad ode to the shortness of life and the pressing need to fight for social justice while you can.

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

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Phil Ochs

The time listings for the original LP release of Phil Ochs in Concert were shorter than those shown on the CD reissue. In some instances, the CD includes additional patter between Ochs and the audience. The timings listed on the LP are wrong. Shown below are the actual times on the original release and the CD reissue.

LP side A

  1. "I'm Going To Say It Now" (LP-3:10; CD-3:10)
  2. "Bracero" (LP-4:05; CD-4:07)
  3. "Ringing of Revolution" (LP-7:10; CD-7:19)
  4. "Is There Anybody Here?" (LP-3:41; CD-3:27)
  5. "Cannons of Christianity" (LP-5:47; CD-6:02)

LP side B

  1. "There But For Fortune" (LP-2:47; CD-2:52)
  2. "Cops of the World" (LP-4:48; CD-5:04)
  3. "(The Marines Have Landed on the Shores of) Santo Domingo" (LP-5:55; CD-5:58) (listed on LP as simply "Santo Domingo")
  4. "Changes" (LP-4:36; CD-4:45)
  5. "Love Me, I'm A Liberal" (LP-4:33; CD-4:37)
  6. "When I'm Gone" (LP-4:15; CD-4:19)

Personnel[edit]

  • Phil Ochs - guitar, vocals
  • Jac Holzman and Mark Abramson - producers
  • Arthur Gorson - concert producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Phil Ochs in Concert > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved December 15, 2011.