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There But For Fortune

Phil OchsAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 28, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: March 28, 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra 0591
  • ASIN: B000002H6U
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,134 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. What's That I Hear
2. One More Parade
3. Too Many Martyrs
4. Power And The Glory
5. I Ain't Marching Anymore
6. Draft Dodger Rag
7. The Highwayman
8. Here's To The State Of Mississippi
9. There But For Fortune
10. I'm Goin To Say It Now
11. Is There Anybody Here
12. Cops Of The World
13. Ringing Of Revolution
14. Santo Domingo
15. Bracero
16. Love Me, I'm A Liberal
17. Changes
18. When I'm Gone

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78 of 82 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Phil came along shortly after Dylan in the mid-60's, and when Dylan went to rock, Phil stayed in the urban protest mode, pleasing those of us (alas, too few) who were not ready to follow Bob into electrification and non-political topics. I saw Phil in concert around l965, and he was wonderful. This disc has an excellent sampling of his most accessible and powerful songs. There are a few really good ones missing, but this is a fine collection to start with, or to have if you can only afford one item. Phil didn't have the best voice, or the best stage presence, or the best business sense of the 60's singers, but he wrote some wonderful things..."Power and the Glory" and "I Ain't Marching Anymore" and "Draft Dodger Rag" are excellent pacifistic promotions. "Here's to the State of Mississippi" has to be the most powerful put-down of an entire state ever written, and Phil isn't joking when he describes the tragedy of that area's racist culture of the time. "There But For Fortune" is one of his most famous and copied tunes, and will always be relevant and influential. I can go on and on...almost every selection here is high-quality. He didn't just savage right-wing white racists..."Love Me, I'm a Liberal" has plenty of bite as well. For a change of pace, "Changes" is just plain beautiful, and given the fact of his alcoholic-haze suicide when his career was over, the anthem "When I'm Gone" is heartbreaking...but a gem as well. Anyone interested in singer/songwriters as a class, and the 1960's in particular, has to own something by Phil. He is unfairly neglected now, and it is a shame.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite album ever.... January 19, 2001
By Giulia
Format:Audio CD
Although I was born in the 80's, I find myself constantly drawn to the amazing artists of the 60's and early 70's, including this genius of a singer/songwriter, Phil Ochs. Some of his work may be dated, but each song displays such wit and sarcasm (my favorite kind of humor) that I find myself unable to let a day go by without listening to his music. His words are compelling (I surely learn more about America from him than from my history class) and his tunes are haunting (not to mention catchy). So many of the things he sang about are still current world issues (if he were here today I shudder to think of the way he would have ripped apart the presidential election!): he is in a class all by himself. If you are new to Phil Ochs (and I hope there are many of you), then this album is perfect to start off with, since it contains his truly greatest works. (of course, once you have played it to the breaking point, I would also recommend the three albums from which these song were taken). Play them, enjoy them: they will give you something to think about, and love.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you a real Folk Fan ? January 15, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I once saw Phil Ochs take 10 min. to tune his guitar, starting and stopping his song. He was obsessed with perfoming at his best. Sadly this was in the late 60's to a small crowd ,in a small town as the protest era was dying. Phil eventually had no outlet for his creativity. "Changes" is simply one of the greatest folk tunes of all time with haunting lyrics. Can you believe that my 20 year old son is now hooked on him and just sang " When I'm Gone" (sadly prophetic for Phil) at a coffee house recently ? "There But For Fortune" is my favorite sung in Phil's unique vocal syle. The other tunes on this CD represent his wit and sarcasm for the times but the 3 songs I have just described are timeless classics.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Is Phil Ochs? July 3, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you're asking that question this CD is the perfect place to start, there is no better compilation. If you even hear a clip of Ochs' anthem "I Ain't Marching Anymore" which is a historical review of bloody American history and the men who fought our battles, you'll probably be hooked and looking for more. You're in luck because this CD also contains the songs, "One More Parade" and "Is There Anybody Here" which expand on the theme of the rich man's war, poor man's fight. Just to show how thoughtful and original Ochs truly was there are two civil rights ballads, "Too Many Martyrs" and the take no prisoners indictment, "Heres To The State Of Mississippi" which chronicals some of the most shameful chapters in American history. The late Phil Ochs ballads are neither sappy nor angry but rather gripping and stark, and very memorable. There is also comic relief with Ochs' witty "Draft Dodger Rag" and "Love me, I'm A Liberal". Any student would get a kick out of "I'm Going To Say It Now" with such lyrics as, "You've given me a number and you've taken away my name and to get around this campus why you almost need a plane!" Phil Ochs goes beyond being lumped into simply 'folk song' or 'protest music' with the haunting "When I'm Gone" which ends up this great album. The quanity and quality of material put forth by this very young artist is as staggering as is his early exit from the scene is regrettable. Buy it for yourself, and for future generations to listen to, think about, and enjoy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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'There But For Fortune' is an omnibus album of 18 tracks from three important Phil Ochs albums. Unfortunately, 'Pleasures of the Harbor', the album for which I always had the highest regard is not among them.

Ochs, along with Richard Farina is one of the two great pretenders to Bob Dylan's throne (inherited from Woody Guthrie), as the great American folksong singer / songwriter, after Dylan went electric.

Unfortunately, both Ochs and Farina died long before they were able to achieve their full potential. It is especially interesting with Ochs to imagine if he would ever outgrow his tendency to write songs which rapidly became dated. In this album, there is an odd mix of references and subjects which are probably totally unfamiliar to young people today, with some other songs, such as 'Cops of the World' which have become remarkably more relevant with recent events.

In contrast, Dylan's genius was in writing so many great songs which, like many of Guthrie's songs, have all the earmarks of enduring for a long, long time.

With some caveats, I agree with other reviewers that this is about as good as it gets for Ochs collections. Enjoy them often.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I listen to this CD at least once per week. Cannot get enough.
Published 20 days ago by Robert M. Oberman
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a Phil Ochs fan you need to own it
If you are a Phil Ochs fan and you have misplaced your original this is a must buy. Or is you are not one of us older geezers and you want to get a feel of what the protest era... Read more
Published 3 months ago by GreyBeard
5.0 out of 5 stars Old school folk anti-war tunes
This is what I grew up with and what keeps reminding me that we really don't need to be in every fight.
Published 4 months ago by RLH
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful voice and powerful words
Ochs died before his time. but his songs will live on for al those who are concerned about aggression and power stomping on democracy.
Published 6 months ago by Suburban mont
4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
Loved it like him better than Dylan. Don't know how I missed him before now. Such a sad story though.
Published 12 months ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars good recording
I lost my Lp (someone borrowed and never returned)of OCHS in 1969 lol.This isn't the same album but had all the songs I wanted.It sounds great.NOT disappointed
Published 21 months ago by Smileyface
5.0 out of 5 stars Back in the Day
In the early 90's my two best friends and I were taking a short trip from San Antonio to Austin. Allan asks Kelsey, "Best song?" Kelsey: "Changes by Phil Ochs. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mirta Rubalcava
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
This is a fabulous collection of early Phil Ochs compositions. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for some true protest songs that still ring true in 2012.
Published on May 8, 2012 by zapple
5.0 out of 5 stars The King of Protest Music
This collection is a good starter if you want to sample The King of Protest Music. To have an impact, protest songs ought to be as simple musically as they are intelligent and... Read more
Published on March 14, 2012 by PDrake
5.0 out of 5 stars There But For Fortune
Phil Ochs insights into the dark side of Corporate media and the systemic racism as part of the underbelly in the country. Read more
Published on October 14, 2011 by Timmie Reilly
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