• phil ochs Live In Montreal 10/22/66 (double LP, £39.95)

    Previously unreleased double album recorded live at the Salle Claude-Champagne, Montreal on 22 October 1966. Few songwriters mirror the moment they lived in as definitively as Phil Ochs. He was considered a folksinger and yet he didn't rewrite Child Ballads or resurrect Delta blues. For most of his career he accompanied himself with a sole acoustic guitar, but by 1966, his lyrics became more complex, more artful and his melodies and arrangements more baroque. He'd have as much in common with Brecht and Weill as he would with Pete Seeger. Although his life was tragically cut short, Ochs wrote hundreds of songs in the 1960s and 1970s. He released 7 studio albums, 6 live albums and 9 singles, including I Ainít Marching Anymore, Cross My Heart and Power and the Glory. The Montreal gig was smack dab between his final Elektra album and his first release for A&M Records in November '67. On the former he's still the lone troubadour, armed only with a guitar that kills fascists (to paraphrase Woody Guthrie), while on the latter he utilises ornate orchestration and piano accompaniment ranging from classical to ragtime. In many of the renditions heard on this live set, one can hear Ochs toying with the arrangements, adjusting the tempo mid-song and applying dissonance for effect. In some instances, his ideas outrun his technical capabilities. And his voice, an instrument that could register as thin but here is full-bodied and blessed with one of the best vibratos in showbiz. Track List: Disc 1 Side A: 1. Cross My Heart 2. Song of My Returning 3. Flower Lady / Disc 1 Side B: 4. Miranda 5. Pleasures of the Harbor 6. Outside Of A Small Circle Of Friends 7. I've Had Her / Disc 2 Side A: 1. There But For a Fortune 2. Crucifixion 3. Is There Anybody Here? / Disc 2 Side B: 4. Changes 5. Doesn't Lenny Live Here Anymore? 6. Power and the Glory

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