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The Very Best Of Tom Paxton
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Great ballad / folk CD for the price! Larry Marshall MeadowsPublished 3 days ago by Larry Marshall Meadors
uneven; I didnt like all the songs, particularly the way Paxton sang the final song, "Are You going Away with out Saying Farewell", which I have heard him sing much better... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Susannah Malarkey
TOM'S SONGS ARE GREAT BECAUSE THEY TELL MANY STORIES, AND HE DOES IT WITH SUCH HEART AND THEY
ARE IN EVERYDAY SITUATIONS.
The CD came with a scratch on the back and the plastic case is broken in the center and the CD slips out easily.Published 19 months ago by Eileen Broihier
Arrived in perfect condition. Song selection is good, but mostly from an older Paxton. I prefer him with a younger voice.Published on February 3, 2014 by C. R. Cochems
As far as I know Tom Paxton never had a hit song that he actually sang himself. In the '70s we used to get a radio station that played his type of music. Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by john thomas