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While there's a lot here, this is not a "for completists only" collection. Several of the songs found here that aren't world famous are just as good as the ones that are. "A Rumblin' In The Land," "Ain't That News," and "I'm The Man That Built The Bridges" are all high on my list of the greatest protest songs. Elsewhere, Paxton tackles a number of early `60s topics which are once again all too relevant, such as unemployment ("Standing On the Edge of Town"), right-wing media bias ("Daily News" and "What Did You Learn In School Today?"), public complacency in the face of injustice ("We Didn't Know") and, most eerily, a government lying its way into war ("Lyndon Johnson Told the Nation"). Paxton didn't lean as heavily on love songs back then as he does now, but his romantic side is well represented too, with "I'm Bound For the Mountains and the Sea" and "Hold On To Me Babe," among others.Read more ›
To note that Ain't That News isn't quite as good as Ramblin' Boy is not much of a criticism. Bottle of Wine is, of course, a classic. Hold on to Me, Babe is a wonderful ballad about missing somebody who's left your life. The Natural Girl for Me and The Name of the Game Is Stud are two wonderfully exuberant songs, and I'm the Man That Built the Bridges, which had given its name to that privately-produced LP, is a celebration of ordinary Americans and the great things that they've accomplished.
Barry Kornfeld and Felix Pappalardi accompanied Tom on both LPs. Listen to what three good musicians, one of whom is a great songwriter, can accomplish without benefit of a fancy production.
Tom Paxton remains -- in the company of people like Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan -- one of the finest crafters of songs that we have ever known.
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In my opinion this is Tom Paxton's best album. I grew up with these songs and absolutely love them. The message lives on!Published on July 9, 2013 by M. Saul
The Tom Paxton of 1964 is just as relevant in 2012 as he ever was in 1964. Perhaps more so. What he talks about here is still afoot in the land. Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by Candela Records
Although Tom Paxton has produced good songs throughout his career, most people would agree that his first four commercially released albums were his best. Read morePublished on June 9, 2012 by John D. Muir
Tom Paxton is a hero of the 'folk scare' of the fifties and sixties - "What Did You Learn in School Today" is as meaningful in the present culture as during the Vietnam era. Read morePublished on September 20, 2008 by Ellie Siskind