I think it's such a shame that his later albums don't get much attention, they're personally my favourites.
Greatest Hits, Tape from California and of course the crazy Gunfight at Carnegie Hall are all incredible.
Dylan and Ochs loved the same music growing up and were enthralled by the Beatles, but Dylan had enough exposure from being the leading folk musician to actually make the transition to rock music early on; even then it jeopardized his career before the rock press decided to embrace him and eventually make their own careers out of writing pretentious drivel about Dylan's music and others. Ochs was initially very focused on maintaining the purity of his message (as well as nervous as all heck about derailing what he thought was a surefire path to success as a Woody Guthrie-style musician) and therefore eschewed additional "instrumentation"; his complete reversal on this for his A&M releases is likely partly due to his bipolar disorder. I think regardless of who it was, folk would've eventually found it's way to rock music, as did most of everything else at the time. Dylan just happened to be the one who conceptualized it first.
Listen to Phil Ochs, Jackson Browne.. The world stays the same, but very brave people HAVE made a difference! The Dr. Rev. M. L. King, inspired by God and M. Gandhi, with help from many brave people used non-violent resistance to shame our government into making changes that were long overdue! I know it wasn't perfect, but this "movement" caused children to be taught in the same schools, so they could no longer favor white schools with more tax money. People died - but refused to kill - so that others were no longer bullied into not voting. They were also shamed into changing the voting age and abolishing the draft. A united refusal to co-operate with evil WORKS. I thank God for this music that reminds us that our liberty is a RIGHT, not a privilege. We have every right to be angry about the way our constitution is being ignored, even changed, so the rich can get richer still. What happened to " [all] we have to fear is fear itself."? Or "Christian" meaning to behave like Jesus...
"Pleasures of the Harbor" is definitely his best album (also arguably one of the greatest albums of all time), although it's drastically different than everything else he's ever done. The compilation album "There But For Fortune" has all of his greatest songs on it, I would say.
Phil has indefinitely detained, wiretapped, maced and drone bombed my heart. I hereby declare, on this Last of fm, that America's war on humanity is over. We are all dead now, the blue lights have come and gone, but no longer will our militarized representatives at home and abroad decisively bomb villages and funerals in Somalia, Pakistan, Afganistan, Iraq, Libya, and Yemen in their war on child corpses with melted faces. The entire nation now pursues nothing less than peace, patience and prosperity among the world's citizens; Citizens United we stand.