Live at Newport

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Live at Newport features a dozen songs from Phil Ochs' performances at the 1963, 1964, and 1966 Newport Folk Festival. Four of these cuts were previously available on the Newport Broadside 1963 and Evening Concerts, Vol. 1 anthologies, but the rest were previously unreleased. While all of these songs are available on his studio albums, Ochs was in good form for these shows, so these are good supplementary versions. Especially noteworthy are the 1966 tracks; four of the five songs would appear in far more elaborately produced arrangements on his Pleasures of the Harbor and Tape from California albums. These solo acoustic performances are interesting contrasts, putting the voice and the lyrics at the forefront, in the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Live at Newport features a dozen songs from Phil Ochs' performances at the 1963, 1964, and 1966 Newport Folk Festival. Four of these cuts were previously available on the Newport Broadside 1963 and Evening Concerts, Vol. 1 anthologies, but the rest were previously unreleased. While all of these songs are available on his studio albums, Ochs was in good form for these shows, so these are good supplementary versions. Especially noteworthy are the 1966 tracks; four of the five songs would appear in far more elaborately produced arrangements on his Pleasures of the Harbor and Tape from California albums. These solo acoustic performances are interesting contrasts, putting the voice and the lyrics at the forefront, in the best unplugged tradition. Ochs' singing on "Cross My Heart" is painfully flat, but the sincerity of the words and their importance to him carry the performance. Additionally, the version of "Half a Century High" sung as "Half a Century Wise" included here runs over seven minutes, and contains several verses that never made it into the official studio recording of this song. The differences point to the tragic side of Ochs' career, in that he sacrificed chunks of his message and his art, and one of his best and most personal songs, in pursuit of commercial success and stardom. ~ Richie Unterberger & Bruce Eder
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/2/1996
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707701723
  • Catalog Number: 77017
  • Sales rank: 115,234

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Phil Ochs Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Peter Yarrow Track Performer
Technical Credits
Mary Katherine Aldin Producer, Liner Notes, Annotation
Dick Waterman Cover Photo
Captain Jeff Zaraya Engineer
Georgette Cartwright Creative Services Coordinator
Meegan Ochs Memorabilia
Matthew Jones Composer
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