Wednesday, October 14, 2009

by ericbkk

Tom Paxton/Annie Hills - Chicago, 13/5/05

June 25, 2005

Tom Paxton & Annie Hills
Recorded at the Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago
Friday, May 13, 2005 (second set)

01. Bottle of Wine (Paxton)
02. Whose Garden Was This? (Paxton)
03. Plain Song (Hills)
04. My Pony Knows the Way (Paxton)
05. Getting Up Early (Paxton)
06. My Son John (Paxton)
07. Home Is Anywhere You Are (Paxton)
08. Raggedy Man (Hills/James Whitcomb Riley)
09. Jennifer's Rabbit / Katy (Paxton)
10. Marry Me Again (Paxton-Debi Smith)
11. Your Shoes, My Shoes (Paxton)
12. Last Thing on My Mind (Paxton)
13. Internet version of one verse of Last Thing on My Mind (Paxton/anon)
14. Ramblin' Boy (Paxton)
15. Peace Will Come (Paxton)

Composer(s) in parentheses.

Engineer-producer-host: Rich Warren


MP3 @ 192 kbps

Tom Paxton proved to be one of the most durable of the singer/songwriters to emerge from the Greenwich Village folk revival scene of the early '60s. In some ways, he had more in common with the late-'50s generation of folksingers such as Dave Van Ronk (who was 16 months his senior) and even older performers than with the new crop of singer/songwriters with whom he tended to be associated, such as Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs (both of whom were several years his junior). But like Dylan and Ochs, and unlike Van Ronk, Paxton was a songwriter caught up in the left-wing political movements of the time and inspired to compose topical and protest songs. In general, his tended to be more lighthearted than theirs (the musical satirist Tom Lehrer was at least as much of an influence on him as Woody Guthrie), though he could be just as witty and just as harshly critical of his opponents. Like such mentors as Pete Seeger, and unlike Dylan, he never cared to make much of a transition to the mainstream, never picked up an electric guitar and tried to play rock & roll. (None of his many albums ever reached the Top 100, and he never scored a chart single as a recording artist.) Nor did he burn out in the '70s like Ochs. Instead, he kept on, year in and year out, writing and singing songs that commented, often humorously, on the state of the body politic. He also contributed more than a few love songs, some songs of joyous celebration, and especially later in his career, many children's songs. In fact, his biggest successes as a songwriter, the songs that became hits for others and were covered over and over, proving to be his most valuable copyrights, fit into these respective categories: "The Last Thing on My Mind" (by far his most popular work), "Bottle of Wine," and "The Marvelous Toy." But other artists were also attracted to such socially conscious compositions as "What Did You Learn in School Today?" and "Whose Garden Was This?," as well as reflective, melancholy songs like "Ramblin' Boy" and "I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound." : ~ William Ruhlmann

A stunning soprano tone has made Anne Hills one of contemporary folk music's premier vocalists. But her affinity for choosing unforgettable material and her knack for writing heartfelt original songs have brought her to the upper echelon of her craft. In addition to recording three memorable solo albums, Hills has recorded two duo albums with Cindy Mangsen and three trio albums with Mangsen and Priscilla Herdman. A veteran of the Chicago folk scene of the 1980s, she performed in a legendary trio with folk singers Tom Paxton and Bob Gibson. Her vocals have also been featured on albums by Jim Post, Michael Smith, Livingston Taylor, Artie Traum and Si Kahn. : ~ Craig Harris.



Blogger zico said...

Tom is a living legend. A true great of folk music. I love him and his songs for half a century now have given us much pleasure and food for thought. Thanks again and again.

16 October, 2009 17:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful to hear Tom Paxton (again) and Anne Hills (for the first time). Many thanks to the poster!
A small comment: "Marry Me Again" seems to be missing a few seconds at the end. Are these gone forever, or can this track be fixed?

31 October, 2009 03:44  
Blogger Unknown said...

@ Anonymous:
"Marry Me Again" seems to be missing a few seconds at the end. Are these gone forever, or can this track be fixed?"

No way to fix it, unfortunately. This is how the files came to me, and I can't even remember where I got them from.

31 October, 2009 19:51  

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