Outward Bound/Morning Again

Outward Bound/Morning Again

by Tom Paxton
     
 

Three years after having put Tom Paxton's first two Elektra albums, Ramblin' Boy and Ain't That News!, on one CD, Europe's Warner Strategic Marketing imprint assembles an even more ambitious packaging for his third and fourth studio releases, Outward Bound (1966) and Morning Again (1968), adding long out of print singles and an EP from theSee more details below

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Three years after having put Tom Paxton's first two Elektra albums, Ramblin' Boy and Ain't That News!, on one CD, Europe's Warner Strategic Marketing imprint assembles an even more ambitious packaging for his third and fourth studio releases, Outward Bound (1966) and Morning Again (1968), adding long out of print singles and an EP from the U.K., plus three previously unreleased tracks for a total of ten extra recordings on a two-CD set running 100 minutes. The bonus material greatly enhances the contents. Outward Bound found Paxton experiencing what is usually thought of as the sophomore slump: having used up material written over a number of years on a debut album, an artist is forced to write an album's worth of songs quickly for the second, resulting in a collection of less-impressive tunes. In Paxton's case, since his signing to Elektra had come belatedly, when he was already several years into his career, he had a considerable backlog of good songs that appeared on his first two albums, so it wasn't until Outward Bound that he had to start afresh. At the same time, he, like his peers, was evolving beyond the topical songs and rewrites of traditional folk tunes that he had come up with previously, and exploring other areas. Outward Bound reflected his peripatetic career, with several songs about separation and travel, from the melancholy ("Leaving London") to the sarcastic ("Is This Any Way to Run an Airline?"). His politics hadn't changed, of course, but he was less interested in writing straightforward topical songs, instead taking a poke at modern art ("Talking Pop Art"). None of these songs, however, were on a par with his early classics. He waited a year and a half before issuing Morning Again, and the songwriting quality improved even as he continued to evolve, with more surreal material ("Mr. Blue," "Now That I've Taken My Life") that displayed the influence of Bob Dylan. Even when he wrote about Vietnam ("Talking Vietnam Pot Luck Blues"), it was to tell a fanciful story of sharing marijuana with the Vietcong. For the first time, many of the songs employed arrangements that added drums and other instruments, although the result was more eclectic and less forceful that typical folk-rock. The inclusion of an early electric version of "One Time and One Time Only" (for which Paxton apologized in the liner notes to Outward Bound) and later ones of "Jennifer's Rabbit" and "The Marvellous Toy" indicate that his record label wanted him to go more in this direction than he did himself. Decades later, the results sound tame, but the rare and unreleased material gives a fuller sense of Paxton in a transitional phase of his career.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/2004
Label:
Rhino/Wea Uk
UPC:
0081227650926
catalogNumber:
276509

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Leaving London
  2. Don't You Let Nobody Turn You 'Round
  3. My Son John
  4. The King of My Backyard
  5. One Time and One Time Only
  6. Is This Any Way to Run an Airline?
  7. All the Way Home
  8. I Followed Her into the West
  9. This World Goes 'Round and 'Round
  10. Talking Pop Art
  11. When You Get Your Ticket
  12. I Believe, I Do
  13. Outward Bound
  14. Deep Fork River Blues
  15. Beau Johns
  16. My Dog's Bigger Than Your Dog
  17. The Marvellous Toy
  18. One Time and One Time Only

Disc 2

  1. Jennifer's Rabbit
  2. Mr Blue
  3. Victoria Dines Alone
  4. The Hooker
  5. So Much for Winning
  6. Talking Vietnam Pot Luck Blues
  7. Clarissa Jones
  8. Morning Again
  9. A Thousand Years
  10. Now That I've Taken My Life
  11. Cindy's Crying
  12. Deep Fork River Blues
  13. Morning Again
  14. Jennifer's Rabbit
  15. The Marvellous Toy

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Paxton   Primary Artist
Seymour Barab   Cello
Hank Freeman   Flute
David Grisman   Mandocello
John Nagy   Electric Bass
Felix Pappalardi   Guitarron
Robert Sylvester   Cello
Jim Tyler   Banjo
Herbert Brown   String Bass
Jonathan Raskin   Electric Bass
Paul "Harry" Harris   Keyboards
Maurice Baker   Drums

Technical Credits

Tom Paxton   Composer,Liner Notes
Bill Inglot   Producer
Paul Rothchild   Producer
Peter K. Siegel   Producer
Robert Sylvester   Arranger
Peter Doggett   Liner Notes
William S. Harvey   Art Direction,Cover Design
David Gahr   Cover Photo
Phil Smee   Art Direction
Joel Brodsky   Cover Photo
Paul "Harry" Harris   Arranger,Brass Band
Daniel Hersch   Remastering

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