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Best of the Vanguard Years

Tom PaxtonAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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listen  1. IntroductionTom Paxton0:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Ramblin' BoyTom Paxton 3:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Bottle Of WineThe Royal Guardsmen 2:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Last Thing On My MindTom Paxton 2:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Pop ArtTom Paxton 2:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Lyndon Johnson Told The NationTom Paxton 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Willing ConscriptTom Paxton 2:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Did You Hear John Hurt?Tom Paxton 2:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Pandora's BoxTom Paxton 2:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Birds On The TableTom Paxton 2:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Talking WatergateTom Paxton 3:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. There Goes The MountainTom Paxton 3:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Cotton-Eye JoeTom Paxton 3:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. You Can Eat Dog FoodTom Paxton 1:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. You'Re So BeautifulTom Paxton 2:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Mister BlueTom Paxton 3:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Born On The Fourth Of JulyTom Paxton 4:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Presbyterian BoyTom Paxton 3:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. A Day In The CountryTom Paxton 2:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Anita O.J.Tom Paxton 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Winter SongTom Paxton 2:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. The Death Of Steve BilkoTom Paxton 3:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. Hand Me Down My Jogging ShoesTom Paxton 2:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. PhilTom Paxton 4:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen25. Not Tonight, MarieTom Paxton 2:26$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 20, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • ASIN: B00004TFBU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,605 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Of all the topical songwriters to emerge during the early to mid-1960s, Tom Paxton may have been the most jocose. On this 25-song collection, he takes sarcastic potshots at politics ("Talking Watergate"), poverty ("You Can Eat Dog Food"), war ("Lyndon Johnson Told the Nation"), even Anita Bryant ("Anita O.J."). The first six tracks here were recorded at the Newport Folk Festivals of 1963 and 1964, before Paxton's first national release, and include a poignant reading of the compassionate "Last Thing on My Mind" and a previously unreleased version of "Bottle of Wine" (which would become a Top 10 hit by the Fireballs in '68). But this compilation's last two-thirds, culled from two late-'70s studio recordings, demonstrate that Paxton could be as caustic as he was clever. He weaves stirring melodies with eloquent lyrics on the somber "Death of Stephen Biko" and his haunting account of the suicide of folk compatriot Phil Ochs ("Phil"). --Scott Holter

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good compilation, but not great April 17, 2003
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While Tom Paxton is a talented musician, this selection of songs from his Vanguard albums features some strange choices. Why the compiler included "Ramblin' Boy" and "Lyndon Johnson Told the Nation" (both good songs, but easily available on other CDs) and left off a great song like "Bring Back the Chair" is surprising. There are great songs here, such "White Bones of Allende" and "Anita O.J.", but the collection would have been better served if it hadn't tried to include "greatest hits" originally recorded before Paxton came to Vanguard records.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tom Paxton's Early Years August 9, 2014
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This is an early Tom Paxton collection (at the Newport Folk Festival, singing with Pete Seeger as high harmony on the chorus, etc ) is of value for any Tom Paxton fan. It doesn't have most of the best of Paxton's songs, for obvious reasons. But if you're a Paxton fan you'll like this CD. And for those of us who have the original Vanguard LPs, buying the CD allows you to share the music with younger folks who not only don't have a record player, but don't know what an LP record is.
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