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Mr. McGuire appears to have lived the life of a rebel, while most record reviewers would be happy if he had only sung about it. The "smart" thing for him to do would have been to sit back and craft a string of songs that sounded exactly like Eve, but he moved on with his life, leaving the public still struggling with the power of his first solo hit. Barry McGuire's contribution to music has continued through the decades, with little of it currently available to the buying public. I am glad to see that Amazon is offering his early works, at last.
A few interesting sidenotes, The Beatles offered an imitation of Barry's EVE OF DESTRUCTION in one of their famous and rare Christmas records. Also, the popular recording artist Eve shortened her performing name, which was originally Eve of Destruction. I should also mention that amongst Barry's famous collaborators are The Mamas & the Papas and The 2nd Chapter of Acts, both of whom sang back up for Mr. McGuire. In fact, the Mamas & the Papas can be heard on this CD.
I reccomend this CD to all who love music, and are willing to try something different. Barry McGuire is one of the great personalities of the recording business.
"Sloop John B." was unfortunatly not included on this C.d. Although I love the Beach Boys version of the song, Barry
Mcguire really whales on it, he also sings the original lyrics (in the Beach Boys cover the lyrics are modified a bit from the original early versions when the song was titled "Wreck of the John B.")
Barry also appears in the 1967 movie "The Presidents Analyst" with James Coburn. Barry appears with another forgotten 1960s band known as Clear Light.
Another bit of trivia. There was a "answer song" released by a right-wing one hit wonder group (formed only to record the answer song) known as The Spokesmen the song was titled "The Dawn of Correction)
Though Barry has written a few of his own songs, mostly he recorded covers of other artists' works; but his singing style is so strong and unique [and tuneful as well] that it makes his interpretations well worth listening to. There are four Dylan covers [tracks 1, 11-13], and seven more of P. F. Sloan's [in addition to "Eve": 5, 6, 8-10, 16-17], plus "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" (Lennon/McCartney) and a few others.
It may seem rather baffling that Barry hasn't been featured more prominently in the American musical scene; but maybe America's love of originality tends to work against a "singer/songwriter" who rarely records anything besides other songwriters' tunes. He was sort of Dunhill Records' hired gun, recording many of the excellent songs coming from the pen of 'staff songwriter' Sloan [many of whose songs also went to the Turtles, the Grass Roots, and others.Read more ›
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There is something about Barry Mcguire's voice that makes it worth listening to. I would buy more of his music...Published on July 24, 2014 by fishing buddy 2
I only like two of the songs in this album. The rest of the songs are nothing but protest songs of the 60's, which I don't like.Published on July 15, 2013 by Lionel
I suppose, if you grew up listening keenly to the music from the late 1940s through to the mid-1960s, everyone had one or more singers/bands/groups, whatever, that would have you... Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by George O'Leary
The angry voice of Barry Mcguire will live on forever. Quite a few P.F. Sloan songs her. Sloan is a great songwriter but Mcguire sings them the
way they should be sung, angry... Read more
"Barry McGuire: Anthology" is an excellent collection of Barry's mid-sixties recordings. This collection has all of the tracks from his "Eve Of Destruction" album (with the... Read morePublished on March 3, 2006 by Michael G. Batcho
I have had opportunity 3 times to see Barry in concert since 1972. When Barry became a Christian evangelist it seems the "music world" stopped updating his 'resume. Read morePublished on May 18, 1999
This album is an anthology of Barry's early works, and if it is understood as such, then it's the best available. Read morePublished on April 28, 1999
I can't believe the Eve of Destruction was not a sample. That song is why I came here. Eve of Distruction was ahead of its time. It should be out now. RonPublished on April 19, 1999