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Ramblin' Boy / Ain't That News Import, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered

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UK two-on-one combines the folk singer/songwriter's first two albums for Elektra, 'Ramblin' Boy' (1964) & 'Ain't That News' (1965), both of which are out-of-print domestically. 2001.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Job Of Work
  2. Rumblin' In The Land
  3. When Morning Breaks
  4. Daily News
  5. What Did You Learn Inschool Today
  6. Last Thing On My Mind
  7. Harper
  8. Fare Thee Well Cisco
  9. I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound
  10. High Sheriff Of Hazard
  11. My Lady's A Wild Flying Dove
  12. Standing On The Edge Of Town
  13. I'm Bound For The Mountains And The Sea
  14. Goin' To The Zoo
  15. Ramblin' Boy
  16. Ain't That News
  17. Willing Conscript
  18. Lyndon Johnson Told The Nation
  19. Hold On To Me Babe
  20. Name Of The Game Is Stud
  21. Bottle Of Wine
  22. Natural Girl For Me
  23. Goodman Schwerner And Chaney
  24. We Didn't Know
  25. Buy A Gun For Your Son
  26. Every Time
  27. Georgie On The Freeways
  28. Sully's Paul
  29. I'm The Man That Built The Bridges


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 29, 2001)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino/Wea UK
  • ASIN: B00005OKOT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,171 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By David A. Bede on October 22, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Even if you've never heard of Tom Paxton, chances are you know at least one of his songs by heart: "The Last Thing On My Mind," "I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound," "Goin' To The Zoo," "Ramblin' Boy," and "Bottle Of Wine" are surely loved by millions of people who have no idea who wrote them. Surprisingly, the original versions of all those classics appeared on Paxton's first two albums, collected here on CD for what I believe is the first time. (Technically they're his second and third albums, but the one that preceded them is so obscure even Paxton himself has said it "doesn't count.") These recordings are spare and fairly low key compared to many of the more famous cover versions, but that just adds to their charm in my opinion. And the classics are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Tom Paxton.
While there's a lot here, this is not a "for completists only" collection. Several of the songs found here that aren't world famous are just as good as the ones that are. "A Rumblin' In The Land," "Ain't That News," and "I'm The Man That Built The Bridges" are all high on my list of the greatest protest songs. Elsewhere, Paxton tackles a number of early `60s topics which are once again all too relevant, such as unemployment ("Standing On the Edge of Town"), right-wing media bias ("Daily News" and "What Did You Learn In School Today?"), public complacency in the face of injustice ("We Didn't Know") and, most eerily, a government lying its way into war ("Lyndon Johnson Told the Nation"). Paxton didn't lean as heavily on love songs back then as he does now, but his romantic side is well represented too, with "I'm Bound For the Mountains and the Sea" and "Hold On To Me Babe," among others.
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Except for a privately-produced (Paxton's own term) LP of which only 2,000 copies were made, Tom Paxton's first two LPs were Ramblin' Boy and Ain't That News. I have the honor of owning both LPs. Ramblin' Boy, which consists of the first fifteen tracks on this CD, continues to astonish me. The political songs don't wear very well, but Ramblin' Boy, Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound, and The Last Thing on My Mind are truly great songs, and When Morning Breaks, My Lady's a Wild, Flying Dove, I'm Bound for the Mountains and the Sea, and Goin' to the Zoo keep them good company.

To note that Ain't That News isn't quite as good as Ramblin' Boy is not much of a criticism. Bottle of Wine is, of course, a classic. Hold on to Me, Babe is a wonderful ballad about missing somebody who's left your life. The Natural Girl for Me and The Name of the Game Is Stud are two wonderfully exuberant songs, and I'm the Man That Built the Bridges, which had given its name to that privately-produced LP, is a celebration of ordinary Americans and the great things that they've accomplished.

Barry Kornfeld and Felix Pappalardi accompanied Tom on both LPs. Listen to what three good musicians, one of whom is a great songwriter, can accomplish without benefit of a fancy production.
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Collecting Tom Paxton's first 2 public albums in one collection presents both the yin and yang of the folk song revival. Timeless songs like "Ramblin' Boy" still echo, while some of the more political songs that Paxton himself refer to as "short shelf-life songs" show their age. Still, these two albums are a snapshot of America during that period that included the Civil Rights Movement and the debacle known as the Vietnam War. Those who didn't live through it may not understand "what all the fuss was about", but the country was fractured and bleeding in a way that has (fortunately) never happened since -- not even in the current environment surrounding the War in Iraq. Listening to these songs again brings back memories of those days, of marches and confrontations, of hopelessness and hope. Maybe listening to them can remind us of what this country REALLY stands for.

Tom Paxton remains -- in the company of people like Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan -- one of the finest crafters of songs that we have ever known.
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Although Tom Paxton has produced good songs throughout his career, most people would agree that his first four commercially released albums were his best. These two are now on one CD and the other two (Outward Bound and Morning Again) are on another, giving listeners a great opportunity to own Tom's best.

Paxton wrote a wide variety of songs within the general genre of folk, including love songs, comedy, children's songs and the folk staple, protest songs. Of these, the protest songs are the most obviously topical; what is sad is that so many of them still resonate almost 50 years later. 'Buy A Gun For Your Son' is still a grim reminder of the absurdities of the gun lobby, George Bush's attitude to war could politically, though not poetically, be substituted for that of Lyndon Johnson and racism, which was front and center in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, is alas still with us.

Paxton's love songs, children's songs and comedy are timeless. 'Every Time' is as beautiful and 'Hold On To Me, Babe' as poignant as when they were written; children still love going to the zoo and freeways are still as hard to get off as they were then.

Paxton had a clear baritone voice and a gentle delivery which made his songs seem less aggressive than some other folkies of the time and his love lyrics are as close to poetry as lyrics can get. Hopefully these collections will awaken a new generation to one of America's finest troubadors.
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