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Ramblin' Boy / Ain't That News Import, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered

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UK two-on-one combines the folk singer/songwriter's first two albums for Elektra, 'Ramblin' Boy' (1964) & 'Ain't That News' (1965), both of which are out-of-print domestically. 2001.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Job Of Work
  2. Rumblin' In The Land
  3. When Morning Breaks
  4. Daily News
  5. What Did You Learn Inschool Today
  6. Last Thing On My Mind
  7. Harper
  8. Fare Thee Well Cisco
  9. I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound
  10. High Sheriff Of Hazard
  11. My Lady's A Wild Flying Dove
  12. Standing On The Edge Of Town
  13. I'm Bound For The Mountains And The Sea
  14. Goin' To The Zoo
  15. Ramblin' Boy
  16. Ain't That News
  17. Willing Conscript
  18. Lyndon Johnson Told The Nation
  19. Hold On To Me Babe
  20. Name Of The Game Is Stud
  21. Bottle Of Wine
  22. Natural Girl For Me
  23. Goodman Schwerner And Chaney
  24. We Didn't Know
  25. Buy A Gun For Your Son
  26. Every Time
  27. Georgie On The Freeways
  28. Sully's Paul
  29. I'm The Man That Built The Bridges


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 29, 2001)
  • limited_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino/Wea UK
  • ASIN: B00005OKOT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,243 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Even if you've never heard of Tom Paxton, chances are you know at least one of his songs by heart: "The Last Thing On My Mind," "I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound," "Goin' To The Zoo," "Ramblin' Boy," and "Bottle Of Wine" are surely loved by millions of people who have no idea who wrote them. Surprisingly, the original versions of all those classics appeared on Paxton's first two albums, collected here on CD for what I believe is the first time. (Technically they're his second and third albums, but the one that preceded them is so obscure even Paxton himself has said it "doesn't count.") These recordings are spare and fairly low key compared to many of the more famous cover versions, but that just adds to their charm in my opinion. And the classics are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Tom Paxton.
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.
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While Tom Paxton had had some financial success as a songwriter by 1965 (the Chad Mitchell Trio had recorded several of his songs), he had not released an LP until this one. What an LP it was, and what a CD it is. After nearly forty years, such songs as "Ramblin' Boy", "The Last Thing On My Mind", and "Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound" remain classics. They're complemented by such fine songs as "Goin' To the Zoo" (one of the great songs ever written for children), "When Morning Breaks", and "I'm Bound For the Mountains and the Sea". Paxton has always written his share of topical/political songs, which, by their nature, don't age well; that's the case with "Daily News", "What Did You Learn In School Today?", and "A Rumblin' In the Land". The other songs, though, are as fresh today as they were in 1965, and the arrangements for guitar, bass, and either another guitar or a banjo are exquisite.
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Except for a privately-produced (Paxton's own term) LP of which only 2,000 copies were made, Tom Paxton's first two LPs were Ramblin' Boy and Ain't That News. I have the honor of owning both LPs. Ramblin' Boy, which consists of the first fifteen tracks on this CD, continues to astonish me. The political songs don't wear very well, but Ramblin' Boy, Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound, and The Last Thing on My Mind are truly great songs, and When Morning Breaks, My Lady's a Wild, Flying Dove, I'm Bound for the Mountains and the Sea, and Goin' to the Zoo keep them good company.

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.
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Collecting Tom Paxton's first 2 public albums in one collection presents both the yin and yang of the folk song revival. Timeless songs like "Ramblin' Boy" still echo, while some of the more political songs that Paxton himself refer to as "short shelf-life songs" show their age. Still, these two albums are a snapshot of America during that period that included the Civil Rights Movement and the debacle known as the Vietnam War. Those who didn't live through it may not understand "what all the fuss was about", but the country was fractured and bleeding in a way that has (fortunately) never happened since -- not even in the current environment surrounding the War in Iraq. Listening to these songs again brings back memories of those days, of marches and confrontations, of hopelessness and hope. Maybe listening to them can remind us of what this country REALLY stands for.

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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Tom Paxton's work influenced many in the folk era. The best of his songwriting still stands up well, while the topical songs bring a pleasant smile to many that were around during that era. For example the lyrics of "What Did You Learn In School, Today?" can still apply to today's world, "I learned that Washington never told a lie; I learned that soldiers seldom die; I learned that everybody's free & that's what the teacher said to me. I learned that policemen are my friends; I learned that justice never ends; I learned that murderers die for their crime even if we make a mistake sometimes." Tom's song "The Last Thing On My Mind" is a classic tune recorded by Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Neil Diamond & Marianne Faithful. In this original version, the lovely melody and austere guitar make this a timeless track, "You've got reasons aplenty for going, this I know, for the weeds have been steadily growing. Please don't go." Paxton's voice is lovely. Peter, Paul & Mary recorded "Going to the Zoo" on their Peter, Paul And Mommy children's album. It's a lot of fun, "We stayed all day, we're getting sleepy, Sitting in the car getting sleep sleep sleepy." The title track of the first LP, "Ramblin' Boy" is a sweet track that sounds inspired by Woody Guthrie. Eric Andersen recently recorded it on his Waves CD. Paxton's second album "Ain't That News" has more topical gems like "Lyndon Johnson Told the Nation.Read more ›
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