Phil Ochs was known as the "2nd best" protest singer of the 60s after Bob Dylan. However, somehow you rarely hear his name mentioned. His lyrics are as important (probably more so) than his melodies. I just learned from my friend at Cybersmusic that they are releasing some Phil Ochs material on CD for the first time.
Phil Ochs best song is probably "I ain't Marching Anymore." The song describes a soldier who fights in all the US wars and decides that he isn't marching anymore. I found this version on youtube. Though it is not the finest version of this song, it is worth checking out. When I first heard the version on the Philadelphia Folk Festival 40th Anniversary box set, I literally got chills up my spine. It's that good.
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