- Audio CD (January 3, 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Collectables Records
- ASIN: B0067J7B00
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,865 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
I Ain't Marching Anymore
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Phil Ochs' legendary folk recording from 1965 originally on Elektra Records.
Top Customer Reviews
Phil Ochs had guts and he told it like it was. His songs inspired us, spoke for us, and urged us on. He was one of many musicians invited to sing at the 1968 Chicago Democratic convention protests. But as the protests drew near, it became obvious to all this would be bare knuckles going up against a wild and poorly trained right wing police force. One by one all those musicians except Phil Ochs and MC-5 got scared and dropped out. And that's just one or two reasons Phil Ochs was our troubadour. Now 40 years later he's as relevant as ever and discerning kids are still listening to him.
This I believe was his very first album and one of his best. The other one I'd recommend is "Then and Now: Live in Vancouver," which is a reprise of some of his best work. It was recorded in a club in Vancouver just weeks after the Chicago protests and you'll have no problem feeling the electricity in the air.
The title track is Phil's signature tune as 'Blowing in the Wind" is Dylan's with its sharply observed history lesson and also encapsulates Joe Glenton's stance as a soldier and war resistewr against the current Afghanistan war. Likewise, Phil's 'In the Heat of the Summer' serrves as poetic imagery and reproachful analysis for last summer's English inner city riots as much as for the 1964 Harlam riots in New York for which it was written.Phil the poet and artist mingles with Phil the agitator with his call to action songs, most noticable Hills of West Virginia and The Highwayman alongside Links on the Chain (about union passivity) Days of Decision (civil rights) while I've heard Here's to the State of Mississippi be updated by Phil to refer to Nixon and most recently to Sarah Palin.
This album majorly affected my politics and life at an early age. Let's hope in todays tumultuous times, people finally get it. All you have to do is engage your sensitivities and to join the action.What more could I say?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I needed some old fashioned protest music, with what's going on in the world today!Published 6 months ago by Revhow
ALBUM #2: as good or better than his first. Contains the classic "I Ain't Marching Anymore," which could have taught Mr. Zimmerman the art of crafting a simple. Read morePublished 22 months ago by greggjtrompeter
I was saddened to hear of the passing of the great Pete Seeger and I am a lover of ballads and the old protest songs. Read morePublished on February 24, 2014 by Barry Hoerz
I always enjoyed Phil Ochs in the late sixties when protest songs were in vogue. Similar to Hendricks, Joplin, Morrison, etc. Read morePublished on November 26, 2013 by E. Wolf
Long out of print, this album is a compelling today as it was in the 1960s, includes the anti-war anthem, I Ain't Marching Anymore, aa beautiful lament for JFK, That Was the... Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by John Fullinwider
This is classic 1960's protest music, along the lines of Bob Dylan, but multiplied to the nth degree. Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Clayton A. Peak