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The Very Best of Tom Paxton

  • 1. Ramblin' Boy
    2. Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound
    3. When You Shook Your Long Hair Down
    4. Katy
    5. Outward Bound
    6. Marvellous Toy, The
    7. Wasn't That a Party
    8. Peace Will Come
    9. Leaving London
    10. Bottle of Wine
    11. Jennifer's Rabbit
    12. My Lady's a Wild Flying Dove
    13. Goin' to the Zoo
    14. Whose Garden Was This
    15. Jimmy Newman
    16. Last Thing on My Mind, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 519

  • Credits

    Personnel: Tom Paxton (vocals, guitar); Archie Fisher (guitar); Dave Swarbrick (fiddle); Danny Thompson (bass guitar).
    Liner Note Author: Tom Paxton.
    This is the good stuff, the songs that made Tom Paxton's name on the early 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene. Not politically impassioned enough to be Phil Ochs, although the hymn-like "Peace Will Come" is a moving anti-war anthem, nor as inscrutably poetic as Bob Dylan, Paxton remained a second-string figure to the masses who casually followed the collegiate folk boom of the time. But to those in the know, Paxton has always been considered one of the greats. Owner of a homely, unprepossessing voice that's nonetheless a subtle and varied instrument, Paxton exudes an aw-shucks informality and endearing casualness on even his most "produced" tracks. Although most of these songs feature only Paxton and his guitar, guests include Scottish folk legend Archie Fisher, Fairport fiddler Dave Swarbrick and the always-remarkable bassist Danny Thompson. The song selection covers Paxton's '60s and early '70s output; it's a very good anthology, but there are plenty more gems to be found on Paxton's many albums.

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