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Pleasures of the Harbor
Phil Ochs
Pleasures of the Harbor
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
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Perhaps Phil's greatest record, from 1967. Includes, 'Cross My Heart', 'Flower Lady' & 'The Crucifixion'. Complete with original artwork and new liner notes. First time on CD. Standard jewel case. 2000 release.


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All Artists: Phil Ochs
Title: Pleasures of the Harbor
Members Wishing: 14
Total Copies: 0
Label: Collector's Choice
Original Release Date: 1/1/1967
Re-Release Date: 11/14/2000
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Traditional Folk, Singer-Songwriters, Oldies, Folk Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 617742013726, 0602517356764, 075021413313


Album Description
Perhaps Phil's greatest record, from 1967. Includes, 'Cross My Heart', 'Flower Lady' & 'The Crucifixion'. Complete with original artwork and new liner notes. First time on CD. Standard jewel case. 2000 release.

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An Overlooked Influential Classic Finally On CD
Bradley H. Beck | Miller Place, NY United States | 12/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Thank the people at Collector's Choice Music for finally putting this and other classic late-60's Phil Ochs albums on CD for the first time.This record was Ochs' first for A&M, and a departure from his signature strict-folky "singing reporter" style. He dives into the pop and burgeoning experimental scenes of Southern California for musical inspiration, and uses more poetic, but straight-forward lyrics and longer, more free song-structures to create an album that is an early blueprint for what is now known as Chamber-Pop.The individual songs are among his finest, and most experimental to date. "Outside of a Small Circle of Friends," is a great parody of social apathy in the form of the murder of Kitty Genovese, and was even a hit (at least in my neck of the woods,) and "Cross My Heart" is a pop classic with a hidden message that would subvert anyone who actually can concentrate on the lyrics."I've Had Her" is a put down on the level of the nastiest Bob Dylan song, and "Pleasures of the Harbor" is one of many Phil Ochs epics with a nautical theme. The only disappointment is the classic "The Crucifixion," a narrative epic of modern martyrs, such as JFK. The musical arrangement by Joesph Byrd, while being quite excellent on it's own, and very forward-thinking in a subverted-pop style, takes away from the beauty and sadness of the lyrics. . . Luckily one could always listen to a wonderful acoustic version of this song on "Live in Vancouver," so it's kind of a moot point!The reissue sounds very good, even though it wasn't remastered with the most start-of-the-art equipment, probably due to the small market for this album, but it is still good enough to not detract from this beautiful, challenging and heartfelt music of the genius Phil Ochs."
Outstanding reissue of a great American Artist
sh | 07/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Whether the lyric lilt of his voice or the tremendous passion of his articulate poetry, Phils Ochs had a profound impact on listeners. He could be politically outlandish (sometimes even more outlandish that his own personal views) but more often incredibly insightful. His lyrics are some of the the most intelligient written by the modern day folks artists or songwriter of any ilk. And his later work, although not in the least classic folk style material, showed an artistic maturity that could be dazzling. The lyrics could be at once cinematic, portraying a physical scene, and at the same time evocative of intense emotions. And he used his voice with a keen sense of timing and phrasing -- it's fun just to listen to how he wraps a line around the tempo.During his short life he was known as much for his politcs as his artistry, and he probably wouldn't have had it any other way.The material here is that of his first "non-folk-music" albums and contains some of his poetic masterpieces."
It's so sad about Phil
Roni, Talk2roni | California | 05/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Reviewer: Roni, Talk2roni Phil Ochs was one of those genius-types, kind of mad with creativity and passion. Because of the time he grew up in, he wound up becoming a political activist. The politics were what I agreed with growing up, but over time I have almost completely made a 360. But that's not what this is about. It's about Phil being in a time when he could channel his passion into "causes" and "anti-somethings". (We were all anti-something in the 70s).I find that this album, however, is a lot less political, and a lot more personal, and very revealing with regard to the demons he was fighting in his life at that time. The poetry alone was --and is--absolutely dazzling. If you read these lyrics, they are beyond this world. He was a superb writer and his lyrics were haunting and ethereal. There was always a biting edge and sarcasm to it, and a lot of passive-aggressive anger (i.e. "I've Had Her"---the song fascinated me in a weird sort of way). And I thought it was touching about the Flower Lady and nobody buying flowers from her. I think he was P.O.'ed about it.Next, the music. Beautiful. These songs are works of art. That's how I would have any album I ever made to be like. Not just little song ditties---rather, "experiences", "experiental art". It seems to me that Phil was kind of spiritual, although I don't think he admitted to being a believer in anything of God....I hope that changed although he did ultimately commit suicide so I can't pretend to know what could have been going on in his mind; I do know that it is easier to do such a thing when one is being ruled by drugs or alcohol....but, anyway,I don't hear a song like "Rehearsals for Retirement" and then find out Phil hung himself. How very very sad. I met him briefly, and got to know some people who were AROUND him (best friend and girlfriend) and they were very, very nice, caring people. I think Phil was caught in that terrible whirlpool of just not having a grasp of a life purpose when the U.S. was kind of going through a blah phase. Now the call it some sort of Adjustment Disorder....interesting.Mostly, I don't think he had a grasp of being loved, or knowing how to love others. But, I know he was loved. By those in his personal life and his thousands of fans, loyal fans.But, I don't want to get too speculative. It's just that I loved Phil Ochs' music, and I am so very sorry that he did not want to go on. I believe he succumbed to alcohol problems, and that the odd phase of gold lame was the beginning of the end for him. But, if you take an hour and put on some headphones, get lost in this music, you realize there was SO MUCH to this man. He was truly an artist and a great influence in my life. I hear his brother, Michael, has one of the greatest rock and roll photography archives that exist. He's pretty successful too. And when I think of Phil, and that haunting music, I think: "sadness."--------------------------------------------------------------------------------"