REVOLUTION IN THE AIR

August 14, 2010 – 4:03 am

This show stayed hidden for 40 years and emerged in public only in July 2010.

Click on the panels for a better view or to download artwork.

PHIL OCHS
Live at the Troubadour Nightclub [no label, 2CD]

Live in West Hollywood, California, February 1, 1970. First Generation recording from the master R2R tapes. Very good MONO audience recording.

By 1970, Phil Ochs had already released an impressive body of work including the much-covered There But For Fortune and his political songs, the most powerful of which was I Ain’t Marching Anymore. Still these successes were less important to Ochs than his activism. There was much to protest in the ’60s from equality between the sexes to civil rights and the war in Vietnam. It would seem his preoccupation with protest affected his popularity as a folk/pop star.

To correct this, Ochs toured again in 1970 with a new attitude, a gold lame suit a la Elvis and singing songs made popular by Buddy Holly and Ochs’ other early influences. He had hoped this combination would win newer and younger music fans and he could once again influence them with his social causes. Wikipedia writes that “The events of 1968 convinced him that the average American wasn’t listening to topical songs or responding to Yippie tactics. Ochs thought that by playing the sort of music that had moved him as a teenager he could speak more directly to the American public.”

But as the official live album Gunfight At Carnegie Hall showed, it was something the music business was not interested in. The 1970 recording was never properly released. This show, a month earlier, offers another snapshot of Ochs in full rock star mode. Attempting to be both popular and socially conscious. The failure of this album marks the downward spiral of Phil Ochs. He would never record an album again and finished only five studio recordings after 1970, until his suicide in 1976.

Dylan, an early rival, made a flash assessment of Ochs when he called him “a journalist” not “a folksinger”, as he threw Ochs out of his car. Certainly Ochs’ ambitions were higher than Dylan’s. He wanted to change the world.

This recording was made from the audience by Dub Taylor, whose many recordings graced the legendary TMOQ label (Trademark of Quality), a bootleg enterprise. It was shared at DIME by Mike Martin.

Mike Martin’s notes: “The original recordings are on 5″ reel-reel tapes that required flipping every 22 minutes. I made copies of the original 7″ ips - track mono recordings with my Revox B-77 in 1986 and later transferred that tape to a DAT in the 1990s.

“The DAT recording was transferred to WAV files (via Toslink) using an Audigy 4 Pro sound card. Some editing of tape dropouts and splicing of tape flips was then performed with NERO wave editor. I also edited between the music sections removing very loud audience clapping (one clap at a time). No EQ or noise reduction was applied.”

Sound quality of this mono recording is clear but volume varies from loud to soft from time to time (especially during the banter), presumably because the mics had to stay hidden. The volume was (very slightly) balanced through Dragon Burn. Our thanks to the brave men who make these recordings, keep them safe and archive history. Thanks also to brahms118 for the artwork.
- Professor Red

Lineage: 1 Sennheiser 805 shotgun microphone > Uher 4000 1/2 track R2R Recorder @ 7 1/2 ips on 5″ 3M Scotch tapes > Revox B-77 > Sony DTC 690 > Audigy 4 Pro (toslink)> NERO > CD Wav > Flac [Level 8]

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1 (70m)
Early Show
Track 101. I’ve Got Something To Say* (2.8MB)
Track 102. Mona Lisa (4.7MB)
Track 103. Pleasures Of The Harbor (8.1MB)
Track 104. I Ain’t Marchin’ Anymore (6.0MB)
Track 105. Oakie Okie From Muskogee (4.8MB)
Track 106. Who Was The Fool Throwed The Basket In The Pool (6.3MB)
Track 107. Jim Dean Of Indiana (7.6MB)
Track 108. Chords Of Fame* (3.8MB)
Track 109. Not Fade Away (1.3MB)
Track 110. I’m Gonna Love You Too (2.2MB)
Track 111. Think It Over (1.9MB)
Track 112. Oh Boy (1.2MB)
Track 113. Everyday (1.5MB)
Track 114. It’s So Easy (1.0MB)
Track 115. Not Fade Away (1.9MB)
Track 116. Maybe Baby (2.5MB)
Track 117. Changes (8.1MB)
Track 118. There, But For Fortune (6.6MB)
Track 119. Pretty Smart On My Part (5.0MB)

Late Show
Track 120. The Bells* (3.1MB)
Track 121. Danny Boy (8.3MB)
Track 122. Gas Station Woman (4.8MB)

Disc 2 (75:54m) - Late  Show (cont’d)
Track 201. Intro (8.3MB)
Track 202. The Crucifixion* (15.6MB)
Track 203. Small Circle Of Friends (6.7MB)
Track 204. I’ve Had Her (13.8MB)
Track 205. My Kingdom For A Car (11.1MB)
Track 206. My Baby Left Me (2.2MB)
Track 207. Ready To Rock And Roll (1.5MB)
Track 208. Heartbreak Hotel (2.7MB)
Track 209. I Want You, I Need You (2.7MB)
Track 210. All Shook Up (1.9MB)
Track 211. Are You Lonesome Tonight (1.7MB)
Track 212. My Baby Left Me (6.9MB)
Track 213. A Fool Such As I (9.2MB)
Track 214. No More Songs (12.6MB)
Track 215. Ringing Of Revolution (7.4MB)

* Incomplete

Consider the above show a rehearsal for this official release, Gunfight At Carnegie Hall, released in 1975 but recorded on March 27, 1970. There’s an interesting story about how so little of the entire show was released on the official album [Read it here]. Phil Ochs wanted it out at the end of 1970 but his label A&M refused. They released it in 1975 but ONLY IN CANADA. To this day, the entire concert remains unreleased. Buy the truncated CD version, finally issued in 1990. Click on the link to order the album.

  1. 19 Responses to “REVOLUTION IN THE AIR”

  2. I remember this album as having a cover photo Ochs in his gold suit. And I thought it came out earlier than 75′ because I heard it on underground FM and that was all over by 72′. Does anyone else remember this? On the record you can hear the audience boo at him because they didn’t get it and wouldn’t accept him playing rock roll music. Phil was very hurt by this.

    By PatCo on Aug 14, 2010

  3. Thr record with Phil in the gold suit was “Phil Ochs’ Greatest Hits”, a studio album of all new songs (!!!) which came out in 1970 (produced by Van Dyke Parks.) The “Shootout At Carnegie Hall” LP came out in 1974 only in Canada.This is live with much booing. I saw Phil play Folk City in ‘75 and he was a drunken, paranoid basket case who insisted he be called “John Train.” When he killed himself in April ‘76 it came as no surprise.

    By kenw on Aug 14, 2010

  4. Great stuff, thanks. It should be “Okie from Muskogee.” About a working class guy from Oklahoma, not a tree.

    By drkrick on Aug 14, 2010

  5. I have to agree with Dylan on this one.

    By Happy Jap on Aug 14, 2010

  6. Hello drkrick
    Thanks for the feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Aug 14, 2010

  7. I don’t know what Dylan was, but he jettisoned the folksinger moniker pretty early and pretty completely. Dylan took the other road bound for fame, fortune, and glory. And he hid a pretty pedestrian old testament morality behind the facepaint of the joker. Ochs wore his moral and political sensibilities on his sleeve

    If Ochs wasn’t a folksinger then the label is meaningless and the genre trivial. This guy can’t catch no respect nearly 50 years on. I guess that’s the ultimate compliment to someone who not only called the empire naked but butt ugly too.

    By gatherdust on Aug 14, 2010

  8. Great show man, thanks for posting it. Any chance that you might have the full Gunfight At Carnegie Hall concert, early and late shows? I’ve read that everything was recorded, but very little officially released. I have the original A&M Canadian vinyl, but the entire show must be amazing.

    By Jack Straw on Aug 14, 2010

  9. Poor Phil Och … he didn’t have enough fail in himself and left what others said trouble him … the secret, possibily, is to keep on keeping on no matter what others say or think … your life is yours. Thanks for this remembrance …

    By Canute on Aug 15, 2010

  10. A fine performance, unearth more!

    By Acoustic Walden on Aug 15, 2010

  11. I still occasionally perform a few of Phil’s songs. “There but for Fortune” of course, also “When I’m Gone”, “The Thresher” and “Knock on the Door”. I understand and largely accept Dylan’s description of him as a “journalist” and there is little poetry in much of his work but too much polemic.

    Saying that I also still listen to and enjoy his music and there are bits of poetry in some. Try “The Highwayman” - very moving still.

    And thanks very much for the download. I’ll listen with interest.

    By TonyB on Aug 20, 2010

  12. “Outside of a small circle of friends” - a true classic. So glad to see he still lives today by the number of intelligent comments. His strength was originality, this is the first time I’ve heard the Elvis and Buddy Holly tributes and I was pleasantly surprised so I’m sourcing the Gunfight at Carnegie Hall. Anyone who doesn’t know about Phil is missing out big-time. Thank you for the post.

    By HytekFred on Aug 22, 2010

  13. I’ve had “Gunfight” for quite a few years, ever since MFSL reissued it on CD. He really had a good feel for old rock ‘n’ roll, and several of his own songs sounded really good with the full-band treatment. It’s too bad he wasn’t able to stay healthy and continue in this direction.

    By MrBill on Aug 30, 2010

  14. The first song is called “I’m Going To Say It Now.” Great show, thanks!

    By Brian F. on Sep 2, 2010

  15. This is wonderful, thank you SO much. And I’m SO glad it’s still available as I just realized I’d never come back to grab the second disc.

    Track 207 actual title: Ready Teddy

    By effro on Nov 5, 2010

  16. oops — that should be Jeffro! :^)

    By Jeffro on Nov 5, 2010

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