Artist: Peter, Paul & Mary Album: Peter, Paul & Mary Genre: Folk
It's just amazing that this album came out in 1962 which is the Debut album for Peter, Paul & Mary which would be the Top US album in 1962 sitting that position for over a month. Naturally because this album was released in 1962, it's one of those albums originally released on LP Vinyl. Again I'm working on the CD version of this album, and while it points out the limitations of the original mastertape being Analogue no effort has been made to modify the sound though use of modern noise reduction equipment. Having said all that, this album sounds amazing on CD and the amazing use of Stereo makes this album appear like it was done a lot later than 1962!
Peter, Paul & Mary naturally consisted of Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey & Mary Travers who unfortunately just passed away recently, which offered an amazing range of Harmonising along with Acoustic Guitars from Peter Yarrow and Paul Stookey and offering a sense of Gospel to their music though their love to sing though weren't afraid of doing a Protest song either which can be seen on this album with songs like "If I Had A Hammer" and "Where Have All The Flowers Gone". Included with the CD release of the Album is some Notes included in the booklet & an overview of Peter, Paul & Mary.
To off to the Track Listing: 1. Early In The Morning 2. 500 Miles 3. Sorrow 4. This Train 5. Bamboo 6. It's Raining 7. If I Had My Way 8. Cruel War 9. Lemon Tree 10. If I Had A Hammer 11. Autumn To May 12. Where Have All The Flowers Gone
Being a bit of PP&M fan prior to this album, I personally had no problems buying this album as I saw it in the Music Store. This album probably ranks a little bit higher than their other early albums, however it wasn't the end of their hit run and while I don't know much about their following albums (besides their "In Concert" album of 1964), the talent these folks had ensure they would have followers. It's also to this bands credit that they were one of the first groups to take Bob Dylan songs and make it sound like their own. No Dylan songs are on this album, but their following albums would certainly include them and have success from those songs!
So I personally had an interest with this group prior to this album, my first album of theirs was their 1964 In Concert album which is simply amazing, some tracks from this album were included naming "500 Miles", "It's Raining", "If I Had My Way" & "If I Had A Hammer", and then you've got songs like "Lemon Tree" which heaps better in Stereo than on Moldy Mono, if somebody asks me which is the worst track on this album I simply couldn't answer it, the whole album sounds as original and fresh from one track to the next simply though amazing use of the Acoustics. If it was possible to transport that 1962 Peter, Paul & Mary group into the year 2010 and tell them to record the same album using Digital Technologies, I reckon the product would almost be the same, some of the limitations would perhaps be fazed out, but this existing album seems to show little to no limitations except perhaps some of the high harmonising notes. So it seems that this 1962 album nearly has got it licked on CD which is pretty amazing! So they do just about everything from the gentle "Autumn To May", "Sorrow", "Cruel War" & "Bamboo" to the slightly Gospel "Early In The Morning" & "If I Had My Way" to songs which are on the fly like "This Train" to then the classics like "500 Miles", "Lemon Tree" & "If I Had A Hammer", it seems to be a well covered and thought out album which deserves 4.5 out of 5 and with anyone whose got in interest in Folk music it's an album definitely worth checking out.
I remember singing 'If I had A Hammer" in school for our spring concert . Our Music teacher was an old beatnik (clogs,ear pierced, etc) He was apparently into the peace era ..we also sang Simon And Garfunkle tunes lol
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