- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: August 21, 2000
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Collector's Choice
Alternative Press - 12/00, p.106
"...Bitingly witty, fiercely romantic and sometimes heavy-handed, this reissue should prove just how vital a singer-songwriter Ochs had been..."
No Depression - 11-12/00, p.100
"...A satisfying record....imparting diginity in its fearless honesty..."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Pretty Smart On My Part
- 2.The Doll House
- 3.I Kill Therefore I Am
- 4.William Butler Yeats Visits Lincoln Park And Escapes Unscathed
- 5.My Life
- 6.The Scorpion Departs But Never Returns
- 7.World Began In Eden And Ended In Los Angeles
- 8.Doesn't Lenny Live Here Anymore
- 9.Another Age
- 10.Rehearsals For Retirement
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Mona Lisa
- 2.I Ain't Marchin' Anymore
- 3.Oakie From Meskogee
- 4.Chords Of Fame
- 5.Buddy Holly Medley
- 6.Pleasures Of The Harbor
- 7.Tape From California
- 8.Elvis Medley
- 9.Encore Medley
2 LPs on 1 CD: REHEARSALS FOR RETIREMENT (1968)/GUNFIGHT AT CARNEGIE HALL (1975).
Includes liner notes by Richie Unterberger.
REHEARSALS FOR RETIREMENT:
Personnel includes: Phil Ochs (vocals, guitar); Bob Rafkin (guitar, bass); Lincoln Mayorga (piano).
Producer: Larry Marks.
Engineer: Ray Gerhardt.
Recorded in 1969. Originally released on A&M (4181).
GUNFIGHT AT CARNEGIE HALL:
Personnel: Phil Ochs (vocals, guitar); Bob Rafkin (guitar); Lincoln Mayorga (piano); Kenny Kaufman (bass); Kevin Kelly (drums).
Producer: Phil Ochs.
Engineer: Bart Chiate.
Recorded live at Carnegie Hall, New York, New York on March 27, 1970. Originally released on A&M (9010).
Liner Note Author: Richie Unterberger.
Recording information: Additional Locations; Carnegie Hall, New York, NY.
The "two classic albums" in question are Rehearsals for Retirement, Phil Ochs' sixth album, originally released in May 1969, and Gunfight at Carnegie Hall, a live album recorded in March 1970 and initially released in 1974. Originally issued by A&M Records, they were licensed from its corporate parent, Universal Music, by the mail-order firm Collectors' Choice Music, which released them as a budget-priced two-CD set. The decision to pair Rehearsals for Retirement with Gunfight at Carnegie Hall is an odd one. A more logical pairing for Rehearsals for Retirement would be with the follow-up studio album, 1970's Greatest Hits (which, in a typical display of Ochs' bizarre sense of humor, consisted of all-new songs). Or, Greatest Hits reasonably might be paired with Gunfight at Carnegie Hall, which was recorded at a concert promoting that release.
The Collectors' Choice Music reissue has price and availability on its side, but it is a modest release. Nothing seems to have been done with the sound of the albums, and typographical errors are repeated from the original version of Gunfight at Carnegie Hall: "Okie from Muskogee" is misspelled "Oakie from Meskogee" on the back cover, and "Ready Teddy" is misidentified as "I'm Ready." A new error credits Ochs as songwriter on all but "Mona Lisa" and "Okie From Muskogee." (Bet you didn't know he wrote all those Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly songs!) Nevertheless, the label is to be praised for giving Rehearsals for Retirement its first CD release and putting Gunfight at Carnegie Hall back in print. Both albums are time capsules of their era and deserve to be heard. ~ William Ruhlmann