SINGLES ONLY: Phil Ochs’ “That’s What I Want To Hear” and Richard Thompson’s “Pharoh”

Posted: October 25, 2013 in Singles Only
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Singles Only

Singles are cover songs without a mate (a.k.a. opponent). I’ve searched high, low and in between and my research indicates these particular songs were covered once and only once. Why would a band cover a song so obscure that no other band on the planet is interested in also doing so? How the hell should I know? But I do have a few of these rarities and it is now part of your solemn responsibility to listen to them. No competition on this day. Rather unabashed reverence, reflection and repose. Enjoy …

The Original

Phil Ochs:


The Cover

Kind of Like Spitting:

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The Original

Richard Thompson:

The Cover

The House Band:

  1. Arnold Plotnick says:

    Very nice indeed

  2. RDubbs says:

    Phil Ochs and Richard Thompson, what can you say?

    I consider Phil Ochs to perhaps be the most underrated musician of our time. Fantastic lyrics and the courage and conviction to sing his songs anywhere and to anyone. There’s a story of Phil playing “Here’s To The State Of Mississippi” in the ’60’s somewhere in the deep south firmly believing he’d be shot and killed before the night was over. But I am so angry with Phil for exiting early. The loss of song and much-needed political and social agitation is immeasurable …

    And Richard Thompson is a treasure; a constant source of excellent lyrics, songs and wit. His every show is a can’t-miss event. What more can you say of a musician?

  3. Kerry Black says:

    That version of “Pharaoh” by The House Band was included on Green Linnet Records’ 20th Anniversary Collection, which I promptly bought when it was released in ’96, so I knew that version before I ever heard Thompson’s.

    Somebody was telling me recently that they liked Phil Ochs despite his singing voice. Hell, I’ve always considered him a good singer and considered his good voice to be an asset.

    • RDubbs says:

      I’ve also heard, or maybe read, criticisms of Phil’s voice. His voice may not be great, at least in a classical sense, but I never considered it to be a liability. His voice is beautiful on “Changes”. Damn, wouldn’t I love to have a “bad” voice like Phil’s!

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