A Review of the Tom Paxton, Anne Hills & Bob Gibson aka Best of Friends CD
"Best Of Friends"
"Best Of Friends"
by Tom Paxton, Anne Hills and Bob Gibson
P.O. Box 2593
West Chester, PA 19380
This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 4/04
This is a 1985 Tom Paxton, Anne Hills and the late Bob Gibson
concert performance turned into an unplanned CD. The genesis:
a Rich Warren (WFMT - The Midnight Special) taped show of Paxton, Hills
and Gibson, then known as Best Of Friends, performing at Holsteins, a
Chicago folk music club.
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Warren made the recording as part of his duties for WFMT and, in the
vein of an urban legend turned real, folk fan memories of this short-lived
1980s band have been validated with this release, the only recorded evidence of the teaming up of this threesome.
Paxton and Hills continue to tour and produce music to this day but Bob
Gibson died in 1996. Gibson, today the most obscure member of the
trio (and certainly not to be confused with the Hall of Fame pitcher for
the St. Louis Cardinals), was an important figure who "owned" the Chicago
folk music scene for many years and, according to the liner notes, assisted both Judy Collins and Joan
Baez in finding their respective folk footing.
So, enough of the history. What about the music?
This is harmony
singing, almost a 'lost art' in today's primarily singer-songwriter
folk world. There are also songs of protest and social
commentary with "The Death of Stephen Biko" (why have protest songs
centered around individuals disappeared?), "Something's Wrong With the
Rain" and "She Sits on the Table." A third element is the simple joy on
display here in the intertwining of these three performers singing good
So who and what is the target audience for this CD? Scratch such a
crass question for this release isn't a commodity enveloped in the
rollout of a pinpointed marketing campaign. This offering will
attract fans with long memories and appeal to those interested in a
relic of relatively recent history. But aficionados of plain ol'
unadorned and enjoyable
folk music will also sup well at this musical smorgasbord.
Note: this is a live recording and audience applause follows the songs.
In fact, there are periods of applause based just on the performers'
announcements of some of the cuts.
- Sing For The Song (2:19) Shel Silverstein
- spoken introduction - Best Of Friends (0:47)
- Did You Hear John Hurt (3:22) Tom Paxton
- Home To Me (Is Anywhere You Are (3:28) Tom Paxton
- spoken introduction - Political Writing (0:28)
- The Death Of Stephen Biko (4:04) Tom Paxton
- spoken introduction - Bob and Tom's Collaboration (0:25)
- And Loving You (4:15) Bob Gibson, Tom Paxton
- While You Sleep (3:35) Anne Hills
- She Sits On The Table (3:34) Tom Paxton
- Let The Band Play Dixie (4:22) Bob Gibson, Dave North
- Pilgrim Song (3:03) Bob Gibson
- spoken introduction - Texas (0:54)
- Panhandle Wind (3:36) Tom Paxton
- spoken introduction - Reagan Ecology (0:48)
- Something's Wrong With The Rain (3:13) Tom Paxton
- Ramblin' Boy (3:50) Tom Paxton
- spoken introduction - Lawyers (0:52)
- One Million Lawyers - (3:30) Tom Paxton
- Bottle Of Wine - (2:53)`Tom Paxton
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