David Browne
August 22, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Farewells & Fantasies

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Phil Ochs
genre
Reissues, Folk

We gave it an A

The ballad of Phil Ochs — one man’s slide from ’60s optimist to disillusioned ’70s suicide victim — is a sad one. But his music rarely was, as this three-disc set, Farewells & Fantasies, demonstrates. Nearly three decades later, the sound of Ochs and his guitar taking on Vietnam, brutal cops, smug liberals, pop culture, and his own oncoming depression still rings out clearly. Though a bit short on rarities, as a whole this box vividly chronicles a time and a place and Ochs’ reactions to it all — politically correct, in the best way. A

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