I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound: The Best Of Tom Paxton
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The surprise here was the lesser known and harder to fine material from 68-71. Although his voice sounds a bit strained or hoarse at few points, some of the songs are astonishingly beautiful. Really. I even generally enjoyed the plush arrangements, which typically detract from singer-songwriter types. Perhaps that's due to another surprise: some real heavy hitters play on these sessions, including David Grisman, Richard Davis (!), and Hubert Laws.
Twenty-six tracks make this an attractive value, too. A good compromise between LP era collections that omit too much good material and expensive box sets that are overkill for casual fans.
All of the original versions of his best-known songs are here, and they're all well worth having. But for me, what really make this collection fly are the lesser-known sides, particularly the four selections from 1970's superb "Tom Paxton 6" LP. Like any performer, his style changed and evolved over the course of the decade, and the changes evident in the songs seen here are fascinating. One thing that didn't change, as the later and less famous songs also reflect, was Paxton's talent for biting satire and social commentary. The beginnings of his more recent forays into lovesongs and children's music are here as well.
Entirely too few of this era's songs make it into Paxton's concerts these days. That unfortunate fact just makes this collection that much more important. If you own a turntable, search out the original albums; but in the meantime pick this disc up as well. It's an excellent cross section of a catalog that deserves more attention than it gets.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I grew up knowing more about the songs Tom Paxton wrote then him singing them. I never remember hearing him on the radio. Read morePublished 5 months ago by john thomas
Although I learned to play folk guitar in the late 1960s, I've only been introduced to Tom Paxton and had to get more of his recordings. Read morePublished 12 months ago by J Wong
WONDERFUL! This took me back in time. I'd almost forgotten just what an impact Tom Paxton's songs had in my youth.Published 22 months ago by Night Reader
Still a phenomenal album - now even better without the hiss and pops of vinyl.Published 24 months ago by drtotten
This album has all of the Tom Paxton favorites. I had a different Tom Paxton album on tape, and this made a great replacement for me to get my Paxton "fix".Published on May 16, 2014 by S. Griner
the old songs are as good now as they were way back then.i think this is 1 of paxtons best.Published on April 12, 2014 by timberado