Friday, March 30, 2012

Various Artists (1987) -Songs Of Protest

Artist: various
Album: Songs Of Protest
Released: 1987
Quality: mp3 CBR 320
Size: 130 MB

”Of course there are too many noteworthy songs of protest to fit onto one collection, even (or especially) if you're limiting yourself to the '60s, as Rhino does on this compilation. Still, it does a good job of mixing monster hits by Barry McGuire, Sonny Bono, Dion, the Kingston Trio, the Temptations, and Edwin Starr with more obscure cuts. Country Joe's "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag" is here, as well as Sonny Bono's self-pitying "Laugh at Me," the pre-electric Donovan cover of Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Universal Soldier," and Manfred Mann's fine, overlooked cover of Dylan's "With God on Our Side." The most hard-to-find songs span the opposite ends of the spectrum. "It's Good News Week," a 1966 hit for the Jonathan King-led group Hedgehoppers Anonymous, is a lightweight catalog of social ills that retains considerable period charm. Far more earnest is Phil Ochs' "I Ain't Marching Anymore," represented here by the non-LP, electric folk-rock version released as a single in 1966. Although it made no commercial impact, it holds up to the best protest anthems of the era, both musically and lyrically.” ~ by Richie Unterberger,

1. Where Have All the Flowers Gone? [*] - Kingston Trio
2. Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire
3. With God on Our Side [*] - Manfred Mann
4. Universal Soldier [*] - Donovan
5. Laugh at Me - Sonny
6. Let Me Be - Turtles
7. It's Good News Week - Hedgehoppers Anonymous
8. I Ain't Marching Anymore [*] - Phil Ochs
9. The "Fish" Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag - Country Joe & The Fish
10. People Got to Be Free - Rascals
11. Sky Pilot - Eric Burdon & The Animals
12. Society's Child (Baby I've Been Thinking) - Janis Ian
13. Abraham, Martin and John - Dion
14. Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today) - Temptations
15. War - Edwin Starr
16. Signs - Five Man Electrical Band

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