I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound

I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound

by Tom Paxton



The recordings Tom Paxton made at the beginning of his career for Elektra Records in the 1960s and early 1970s are inarguably his most important and influential. Those Elektra albums have been out of print for quite some time, and this 26-track survey of his 1964-71 recordings for the label, I Can't Help but Wonder Where I'm Bound, is an overdue compilation of his most significant work. The original versions of all of his most famous songs are here: "Ramblin' Boy," "The Last Thing on My Mind," "Bottle of Wine," "Lyndon Johnson Told the Nation," "I Can't Help but Wonder Where I'm Bound," and "Goin' to the Zoo," just for starters. His acoustic mid-'60s period is more heavily represented than his mild, later electric folk-rock material -- there are seven songs alone from his 1964 debut LP, Ramblin' Boy -- but that's an appropriate decision, as Paxton's most durable songs were produced when he was recording acoustically. In addition to zeroing in on Paxton's best music, the track selection also ably illustrates several facets of his gentle and warm (if not always brilliantly melodic or compellingly sung) repertoire: anti-war protest ("Lyndon Johnson Told the Nation"), love songs ("The Last Thing on My Mind"), original compositions that sound like folk standards ("Ramblin' Boy"), comic satire ("Forest Lawn"), and kids' songs ("Goin' to the Zoo").

Product Details

Release Date: 01/19/1999
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0081227351526
catalogNumber: 73515

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Paxton   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
David Bromberg   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Johnny Coles   Flugelhorn
Richard Davis   Bass
Hubert Laws   Flute
Jack Bonus   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Seymour Barab   Cello
Albert Bouchard   Drums
Herb Bushler   Bass,Electric Bass
Paul Dillon   Drums
Hank Freeman   Flute
Richard Grando   Soprano Saxophone,Soprano Recorder
David Grisman   Mandocello
Paul Harris   Keyboards
David Horowitz   Piano,Keyboards
Mark Horowitz   Guitar
Bill Lee   Bass
John Nagy   Electric Bass
Felix Pappalardi   Bass,Guitarron
Max Pollikoff   Violin
Paul Prestopino   Guitar
Todd Sommer   Drums
Bob Sylvester   Cello
Jimmy Madison   Drums
Barry Kornfeld   Banjo,Guitar,Harmonica
Jim Tyler   Banjo
Herbert Brown   Bass
Jonathan Raskin   Electric Bass

Technical Credits

Tom Paxton   Producer
Joshua Rifkin   Arranger
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Keith Holzman   Producer
Milton Okun   Arranger,Producer
Phil Ramone   Engineer
Paul Rothchild   Producer
Dave Sanders   Engineer
Peter K. Siegel   Producer
Bob Sylvester   Arranger
Shelly Yakus   Engineer
Scott Alarik   Liner Notes
Dennis Murphy   Engineer
Elizabeth Pavone   Editorial Coordinator
Daniel Goldmark   Editorial Research
David Green   Engineer
Ben Taylor   Engineer

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