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  • Audio CD (September 29, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • ASIN: B000000MOW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,784 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ramblin' Boy
2. Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound
3. When You Shook Your Long Hair Down
4. Katy
5. Outward Bound
6. The Marvelous Toy
7. Wasn't That A Party
8. Peace Will Come
9. Leaving London
10. Bottle Of Wine
11. Jennifer's Rabbit
12. My Lady's A Wild Flying Dove
13. Going To The Zoo
14. Whose Garden Was This
15. Jimmy Newman
16. The Last Thing On My Mind

Editorial Reviews

Includes Ramblin' Boy; Goin' to the Zoo; The Last Thing on My Mind; Katy; Wasn't That a Party; Outward Bound; Whose Garden Was This; Leaving London; Bottle of Wine; Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound; When You Shook Your Long Hair Down , more.

Customer Reviews

One problem, the enclosed lyric sheet was for another album!
Jean A. Mortimer
Folk music covers such a wide array of subjects from love to protest and Tom Paxton has covered them all.
R. Kyle
There hasn't been too much that is new,so at least we have excellent recordings like this to enjoy.
J. Guild

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 29, 2009
Format: Audio CD
As I was ripping this CD for my iPod, I was trying to recall just how I came to own it. I'd never heard of Tom Paxton before it and don't have anything else by him. Well, when my 19-year-old daughter was much, much younger, she had a marvelous book, Jennifer's Rabbit. She loved that book, and when she learned that it was based on a song, absolutely nothing would do but that we learn to sing it. I searched high and low for sheet music or a recording, and Amazon came through with this Tom Paxton collection!

As many times as we've listened to it over the years, I'm fairly surprised it's still in such good shape. I'm glad we didn't get a cassette tape! The book looks much the worse for wear, despite the fact that Katie treated her books very much better than most children I've known. (I looked for a copy of that for young nieces and nephews this Christmas, and was distressed to find it out of print.)

In any case, I have been remiss in not finding more of Mr. Paxton's work, and I owe him many thanks for giving us hours of delight. I recommend this CD to anyone who enjoys a good tune.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By joseph.baker@usa.net on November 2, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This cd is loaded with some of Tom Paxton's finest work... it is a must have for anyone who loves Tom's songs and warmth. A must have for a complete CD collection of Folk music that stretchs from the early '60 to current times....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Guild TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 16, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Tom Paxton ,Born October 31,1937 is one of the greatest Folk Songwriters and singers of the 20th Century.At the age of 76 ,he is still at it and still performing.So many people have recorded his songs that it would take pages to list them all.All the songs on this CD were written by him.You will be very familiar with many of these songs,maybe even by other singers;but you will be surprised when you see that Paxton actually wrote them.Included with the CD are all the lyrics to these songs.
One of his best known and loved songs is "The Last Thing On My Mind";and he claims it is his best song.He has no idea why,and didn't think it was anything special when he wrote it.He's been asked if ever gets tired of singing the same song night after night.He says some he does and some he doesn't,but he never gets tired of this one.
Then there's the song "Wasn't That A Party".He put it on an album in the early 70's that never was widely distributed in the U.K. and was hardly released at all in the States and yet somehow The Irish Rovers found the song and came up with a knockout juke-boxy arrangement that promptly went gold and then platinum in Canada and hit the Top 40 in the U.S. as well.
This collection was released as a Vinyl LP and re-released as a CD in 1988.It has a running time of 47.31 minutes.
Also,Paxton explains each of the songs on the CD--very interesting background information.
As an aside,when I finished listening to this CD,I went to YouTube and watched some of these same songs.In the Mix of Paxtons songs there is a very interesting video of Paxton's friend Pete Seeger.This was recorded in 1966 on Seeger's TV Show Rainbow Quese.This ledPete Seeger and Johnny Cash and June Carter discussind Folk musicand playing and singing some of their favorite songs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Johnson on June 13, 2008
Format: Audio CD
If I were to ask someone, in the year 2008, to name a male folk singer from the 1960's I would assume that if I were to get an answer to that question that the name would be Bob Dylan. And that would be a good and appropriate choice. One can endlessly dispute whether or not Dylan was (or wanted to be) the voice of the Generation of '68 but in terms of longevity and productivity he fits the bill as a known quality. However, there were a slew of other male folk singers who tried to find their niche in the folk milieu and who, like Dylan, today continue to produce work and to perform. The artist under review Tom Paxton is one such singer/songwriter.

The following is a question that I have been posing in reviewing the work of a number of male folk singers from the 1960's and it is certainly an appropriate question to ask of Tom Paxton as well. I do not know if Tom Paxton, like his contemporary Bob Dylan, started out wanting to be the king of the hill among male folk singers but he certainly had some things going for him. A decent acoustic guitar but a very interesting (and strong) voice to fit the lyrics of love, hope, longing and sometimes just sheer whimsy, as in the children's songs, that he was singing about at the time. I would venture however, given what I know of his politics and the probably influence that his good friend the late folksinger and historian Dave Van Ronk had on him, that the answer above is probably no.

As for the songs themselves in this greatest hits compilation, a format that never really give an artist' s full range of hits and that is the case here, we get a fair range of what the good Mr. Paxton produced in the old days. Ramblin' Boy and Bottle of Wine are evocative of hobo days here.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Poppa Joe on June 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Tom Paxton is undeniably one of the great songwriter's of the style. As this album is an exploration of Tom's output over the years it cannot be considered as anything else. It would be hard for me to give it anything but 3 stars. That said, if you are unfamiliar with Mr. Paxton's oeuvre, by all means pick up this CD. It is a textbook sampling of all the things Tom is in song. Then, do yourself a big favor. Go and find the original albums/CDs from which these songs have been culled. Unfortunately, many will be unavailable. But, there you will find the 5 stars!
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