October 15, 2014 – 2:09 pm

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A Hero Of The Game [All Access, 1CD]

Live in New York; December 15, 1965. Good WBAI radio broadcast.

Thanks to drumsy for sharing the tracks on the net.

hendrixsky posted the following comments at Dime:

“And they cry how they miss him, year after year…” The highlight of Phil’s WBAI set is the unveiling of his new song, “Crucifixion” Not written immediately after Kennedy’s assassination, as some thought, the song was evidently brewing for a long time, as Phil combined images of Christ and Kennedy and, playfully here, adds Dylan’s name. He has just about memorized the tune for this radio debut. Were a few lines ad-libs or simply lines he later dropped or refined?

And speaking of Dylan… here’s a wry throwaway of Phil doing a few lines of parody on “Positively 4th Street” before wandering through some ad-libs about hipness and England.

While many thought that Phil’s “ballad” phase began with “Pleasures of the Harbor,” two meditative numbers appear this early: “Song of My Returning” and “City Boy.” Neither would turn up on the A&M albums he released in the late ’60s; Phil evidently preferred newer if sometimes less compelling numbers such as “My Kingdom for a Car,” or long and uncommercial tracks (”When In Rome”). Ultimately it would take a Rhino posthumous release to collect these two heartfelt and poignant numbers.

Once again, Phil blended political and topical material with ageless ballads. And often they were combined, as on “Joe Hill,” which could be titled by a phrase in the song, “Death of a Rebel.”

This is the earliest recording of “Crucifixion”; slightly different than later versions.

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Track 01. Song Of My Returning 6:45 (11.3MB)
Track 02. White Boots Marching In A Yellow Land 3:23 (5.7MB)
Track 03. Changes 5:12 (8.7MB)
Track 04. Crucifixion 11:05 (18.6MB)
Track 05. Cannons Of Christianity 4:33 (7.6MB)
Track 06. Joe Hill 8:35 (14.4MB)
Track 07. City Boy 2:51 (4.8MB)
Track 08. Positively (Not) 4th Street 0:53 (1.5MB)
Track 09. Power And The Glory 2:23 (4.0MB)
Track 10. Morning (Experiment In Jazz Chords) 3:14 (5.4MB)
Track 11. Morning 2:56 (4.9MB)
52 mins

All songs written by Phil Ochs
Phil Ochs - guitar, vocals

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  1. 15 Responses to “PHIL OCHS - NEW YORK 1965”

  2. Wonderful Big O!
    Thanks so much for this
    Grew up with this stuff and ‘Joe Hill’ was a family favourite along with other radical political songs of the time. Can’t help but wonder what might have become of such a talent if he had stuck around
    Is his brother, Michael, the equally legendary rock photographer archivist, still around I wonder?

    By swappers on Oct 15, 2014

  3. Michael Ochs is alive and well. He sold the Michael Ochs Archives to Getty Images for an undisclosed amount in February 2007.
    Ochs was one of three producers of the 2010 documentary film Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune. Interviews with Ochs and his sister Sonny were featured in the film, which focuses both on Phil’s life and the turbulent times in which he lived. The film also features interviews with Phil’s friends and associates, as well as archival news footage and photographic stills, including selections from Michael’s collection.

    By Ernie Clark on Oct 15, 2014

  4. Is his brother, Michael, the equally legendary rock photographer archivist, still around I wonder

    oh, you mean Darth Ochs?

    By maximum yasgur on Oct 15, 2014

  5. Wow-thanks, BIGO!

    By YogaforCynics on Oct 15, 2014

  6. Was lucky to see him at a Stop the draft benefit at The Fillmore along with……Blue Cheer and others.Thanks for posting this.

    By russ on Oct 15, 2014

  7. Thanks Ernie really interesting post answer . .. . you too maximum yasgur!

    . . . and this place has people who even saw him with Blue Cheer!? AWESOME!

    By swappers on Oct 16, 2014

  8. I don’t get it Big O. This show has been officially released.

    By Mike on Oct 16, 2014

  9. Hello Mike

    As far as we are aware, it was a bootleg release. Thanks.

    By bigozine2 on Oct 16, 2014

  10. phil was my first live show at a small club on bleeker st or within a cple of blocks of there. it may have been folk city on 3rd st near 6th ave. i was 5 years old. i only know i saw this show because i grew up being told about it and knew from age 5 that it was my first ever show. my 2nd was barry mcquire. my 3rd was the rascals at the new york coliseum in columbus circle.
    in the early 80s they replayed this live performance but there are so many other incredible ones that i wish we had. wkcr had its 50th anniv around 92 and played 100s of hours of extremely rare recordings including some that were never heard since they originally happened live back in the 40s. many country and blues performances from live in their studios. sure wish to get ahold of those. i recorded them but theyre lost now. it was said this was the first ever fm station. that was what they were celebrating i believe.

    By darth on Oct 16, 2014

  11. Mike -

    you say ‘I don’t get it Big O. This show has been officially released’. What do you say that for? What’s it to you? Why do you bother even coming to a site like this if you’re just asking ppl to remove music they’ve posted?
    Mind your own business. There are enough music lawyers representing the billionaires of the music biz on the case without you sticking your nose in.

    By jack bond on Oct 16, 2014

  12. does the bullshit ever end?

    phil was my first live show at a small club on bleeker st or within a cple of blocks of there. it may have been folk city on 3rd st near 6th ave. i was 5 years old.

    By maximum yasgur on Oct 16, 2014

  13. More of his shows here. Enjoy.



    By Creatist on Oct 16, 2014

  14. Wow! Thanks Creatist great links to a great ROIO site
    It’s appreciated

    By swappers on Oct 17, 2014

  15. @ swappers, glad you inked the site, always happy to share. This one does tend to be under the radar. Take care.

    By Creatist on Oct 18, 2014

  16. Phil Ochs was one of the few singer/songwriters whose talent, I believe, Bob Dylan feared as a rival (Richard Farina being another). Personally, I think Phil boxed himself in too small a space with his “protest songs”, and then his more personal ones were most depressing, yet I loved his voice and the poetry in his soul. I miss him and am so sad for the way he took himself out of this world.

    By Rich Sigberman on Oct 22, 2014

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