Best of the Vanguard Years

Best of the Vanguard Years

by Tom Paxton

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Since he first made his mark as a contemporary of Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs in the heyday of the 1960s folk revival, Tom Paxton has consistently tackled themes of love and politics with humor, insight, and gentle irony. This 25-track collection, drawn from Paxton's '70s tenure with the Vanguard label, offers an excellent sampling of the veteran singer-songwriter's talents, from righteous political broadsides to tender love songs. Along with a quintet of previously unreleased live tracks recorded at the 1963 and '64 Newport Folk Festivals, including the Paxton classics "Ramblin' Boy," "Bottle of Wine," and "Last Thing on My Mind," the collection features standout protest numbers such as the amusing "Talking Watergate" and the deadly serious "Death of Stephen Biko." Then there's Paxton's homages: "Phil," an evocative remembrance of fallen comrade Ochs, and the memorable tribute to another musical great, "Did You Hear John Hurt?" A fine listen for longtime Paxton fans and a good introduction for curious newcomers, Best of the Vanguard Years offers a first-rate portrait of an artist who knows just when to take politics -- and life -- seriously, and when to apply a lighter touch.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/20/2000
Label: Vanguard Records
UPC: 0015707956123
catalogNumber: 79561
Rank: 263382

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