Peter, Paul And Mary CD
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PETER, PAUL AND MARY
The legendary trio's eponymous 1962 debut produced two classics-- "Lemon Tree" and Pete Seeger's "If I Had a Hammer". Because they were always hipper and more political than the Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul & Mary were soon frequently credited as the group that transformed American folk music into 1960s pop. It would be another six months before they really exploded with "Puff the Magic Dragon" and then another six before they brought Bob Dylan into the mainstream via their hit covers of "Blowin' in the Wind" and "Don't Think Twice"; nevertheless, the debut features their gorgeous covers of "Cruel War" and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone", making this disc mandatory for folk fans. --Bill Holdship
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All the songs are lively and well presented. Also while serious subjects are addressed, the tone is of hope and freedom from oppression.
It would be easy to see this as overly optimistic view on life, but it sure beats the depressing stuff some other artists have put out!
I highly recommend this CD, it runs to 34 minutes and the sound reproduction is very good.
Probably anyone who was alive at the time of this album's release still remembers If I Had a Hammer and Lemon Tree, the two top hits from this album. But over the years I have found that my own personal favorites are Cruel War, which already showed some of the group's dedication to anti-war and other political messages, as highlighted by the Civil War age of this song; Autumn to May, which showed another prime marker of the group of children's songs sung so beautifully that they are difficult to dismiss; and Where Have All the Flowers Gone, which perhaps might be called the ultimate anti-war song.
But the other tracks here have power also. (Man of Constant) Sorrow, as re-written and performed here, reaches beyond its Appalachian roots to touch your soul, 500 miles is haunting with Mary as lead soloist, This Train and Early Morning show the third trademark of this group, their deep religious feelings, and Bamboo shows just what they can do with a very simple song.
In short, this album is a must for all lovers of folk or pop-folk music, with every track offering something to immerse yourself in and enjoy.
--- Reviewed by Patrick Shepherd (hyperpat)
For my money the greatest track here is This Train
Peter Paul & Mary became the catalyst for the success of Bob Dylan in the mainstream and it was Dylan who wrote the poem as the sleeve notes to the 3rd album
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