Live: For the Record

Live: For the Record

by Tom Paxton
     
 

Intentionally or not, Tom Paxton brought together several types of albums with Live for the Record: first, of course, delivering a live album; then also a greatest-hits collection that included such favorites as "I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound," "The Last Thing on My Mind," and "Rambling Boy"; an album of new material including some especially…  See more details below

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Intentionally or not, Tom Paxton brought together several types of albums with Live for the Record: first, of course, delivering a live album; then also a greatest-hits collection that included such favorites as "I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound," "The Last Thing on My Mind," and "Rambling Boy"; an album of new material including some especially perishable topical tunes; and finally a guest-star album featuring such compatriots as John Gorka and Lucy Kaplansky. Or, to put it another way, Paxton simply recorded a typical (if instrumentally augmented) 69-minute, 20+-song set, circa winter of 1995. The date one can derive from the topical songs, which concern such cutting-edge (sorry) issues as the plights of John Wayne Bobbitt, Tonya Harding, and Joey Buttafuoco. These worked better than Paxton's pained song about Bosnia ("On the Road to Srebenica") and the blunt politics of his update to "What Did You Learn In School Today?," in which the Republicans' health care position was explained as "when you get sick you just die," and Hillary Clinton's commodities exchange windfall was defended in feminist terms. Of course, one doesn't listen to Tom Paxton for political subtlety, but even a sympathetic listener could find such sentiments excessively partisan. As Paxton himself noted, however, these songs had a "short shelf life," and if they also had a hit-and-miss inconsistency, they were sometimes funny and always brief. Among Paxton's new songs, the most striking aspect was the fifty-something folksinger's focus on old age and death in such tunes as the comic, if blunt "Modern Maturity," "The Names of Trees," which concerned Alzheimer's disease, and "No Time to Say Goodbye," not the first song Paxton had written about the death of a friend. Paxton has always been a songwriter obsessed by the present, whether it's what he reads in the newspaper or what he experiences, and while the tributes to his wife and his grandchild were touching, the songs about decline gave Live for the Record a valedictory tone one could only hope was temporary.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/18/1996
Label:
Sugarhill
UPC:
0015891105321
catalogNumber:
1053

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Tracks

  1. Bobbitt
  2. Lament for a Lost Election
  3. Tonya Harding
  4. They Call Me "Joey"
  5. What Did You Learn in School Today?
  6. Packwood
  7. Let's Go to Michael Jackson's House
  8. Michael and Lisa Marie
  9. I Don't Want a Bunny-Wunny
  10. Intro to on the Road from Srebrenica
  11. On the Road from Srebrenica
  12. Spin and Turn
  13. Intro to My Favorite Spring
  14. My Favorite Spring
  15. I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound
  16. Intro to Modern Maturity
  17. Modern Maturity
  18. Dance in the Kitchen
  19. A Long Way from Your Mountain
  20. The Names of Trees
  21. Intro to Little Girl
  22. Little Girl
  23. The Last Thing on My Mind
  24. Rambling Boy
  25. Intro to No Time to Say Goodbye
  26. No Time to Say Goodbye
  27. The Honor of Your Company
  28. Intro to You Are Love
  29. You Are Love

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