Ramblin' Boy/Ain't That News!

Ramblin' Boy/Ain't That News!

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by Tom Paxton
     
 

Tom Paxton's first two studio albums, Ramblin' Boy (1964) and Ain't That News! (1965) are combined on this European two-fer CD, and they blend easily into one long album of Paxton's initial batch of songs. Growing up in Oklahoma from the age of ten, Paxton was steeped in the folk tradition of Woody Guthrie while alsoSee more details below

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Tom Paxton's first two studio albums, Ramblin' Boy (1964) and Ain't That News! (1965) are combined on this European two-fer CD, and they blend easily into one long album of Paxton's initial batch of songs. Growing up in Oklahoma from the age of ten, Paxton was steeped in the folk tradition of Woody Guthrie while also boasting a college education that introduced the brainy comic tone of Tom Lehrer to his work and a stint in the Army that made his critique of the American military closely observed. Arriving in New York, he became part of the topical song movement centered on Broadside magazine that advocated scouring the day's newspapers for suitable subjects to be turned into lyrics with a left-wing perspective. The result was plenty of original material that made its way into the repertoires of better established singers. "Ramblin' Boy" and "What Did You Learn in School Today?" had been taken up by Pete Seeger, for example, and "The Marvelous Toy" had become a minor chart hit for the Chad Mitchell Trio, which probably helped Elektra Records' head Jac Holzman decide to sign the songwriter despite not being impressed at an audition, as Paxton recalls to Peter Doggett in this collection's liner notes. It was a good decision. Ramblin' Boy contained "The Last Thing on My Mind" and "I Can't Help but Wonder Where I'm Bound," both of which quickly became much-covered standards, while Ain't That News! included "Bottle of Wine," later covered for a hit by the Fireballs. But such romantic and reflective material, and drinking songs, made up only part of Paxton's catalog, much of the rest consisting of biting social commentary, most of which remained striking decades later. In some cases, the names would need changing (the indictment of the kind of journalism found in "Daily News," for example, could, by 2001, be better applied to the right-leaning New York Post or television's Fox News), but the overall viewpoint, favoring union workers, Civil Rights, and opposing war, would remain timely.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2008
Label:
Rhino/Wea Uk
UPC:
0081227356521
catalogNumber:
273565
Rank:
12833

Tracks

  1. A Job of Work
  2. A Rumblin' in the Land
  3. When Morning Breaks
  4. Daily News
  5. What Did You Learn in School Today?
  6. The 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. The Willing Conscript
  18. Lyndon Johnson Told the Nation
  19. Hold on to Me Babe
  20. The Name of the Game Is Stud
  21. Bottle of Wine
  22. The 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 Pail
  29. I'm the Man That Built the Bridges

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