Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Peter Paul & Mary|
Genres: Folk, Pop
There was a brief moment in the early '60s when the folk-pop movement--a canny blend of Appalachian song and glee club harmonies--escaped from its leftist-bohemian ghetto and broke into the pop top 10. Peter, Paul & Mary--... more »
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There was a brief moment in the early '60s when the folk-pop movement--a canny blend of Appalachian song and glee club harmonies--escaped from its leftist-bohemian ghetto and broke into the pop top 10. Peter, Paul & Mary--the earnest, sweet-sounding trio that scored two number-two hits in 1963 ("Puff the Magic Dragon" and "Blowin' in the Wind")--have come to personify folk-pop's brief moment of glory. The trio celebrated the movement's longevity by recording "PP M& (Lifelines)," with their predecessors (Ramblin' Jack Elliott and the Weavers), their contemporaries (Dave Van Ronk and Judy Collins), and their successors (Emmylou Harris and John Gorka). The result is a disc that spotlights the genre's assets as well as its liabilities. The strengths include the striking clarity of the austere, acoustic arrangements and the sharply defined melodies and the highly personal vocals made possible by such simplicity, along with the genre's willingness to address political issues that affect every pop listener no matter how the radio avoids such questions. One is reminded of the power of such charged material when Richie Havens, Carly Simon, and Lucy Simon join the trio for the antiwar fable, "The Great Mandala," and when Holly Near joins Mary Travers for a duet on Sally Fingerett's antihomophobia song, "Home Is Where the Heart Is." The weaknesses include a desexualized vocal style, an extremely limited harmonic palette, and plodding rhythms. These musical limitations become painfully obvious whenever the trio tackles a song without a compelling melody and a strong storyline, as they do on Buddy Mondlock's "The Kid," Noel Paul Stookey's "For the Love of It All" and Peter Yarrow's "Take the Chance." --Geoffrey Himes
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One more thing...
J. M. Lane | Larchmont, NY USA | 03/07/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I wanted to add... I generally find the amazon.com music reviews quite good, surprisingly so in many cases. It's one of the reasons I shop here. However, to refer to "Home Is Where the Heart Is" as an "antihomophobia song" is pretty outrageous, in my opinion. That song is not *anti* anything. It is pure affirmation. It's a beautiful song about love, compassion and understanding. You really should change your review.... Yours, Mark Lane (NY)"
PP&M - As good as ever!
Joan May | 10/05/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Peter, Paul & Mary haven't lose their touch - they are as good as they've always been. Insightful & sensitive - and showing their care for all people. If you liked them in the past, you'll like this CD as well."
"The Kid" Makes This CD
Joan May | CA USA | 02/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I must differ with amazon's critic about "The Kid." I saw PP&M perform this incredible Buddy Mondlock song on a PBS fundraiser, and that's the reason I searched out this CD. I think it's an absolutely outstanding performance; I've heard another version by a highly respected singer which pales in comparison. I love the way PP&M's gorgeous soulful vocals weave in and out of the song in this very creative arrangement. There are some other enjoyable tracks, but, in my opinion, "The Kid" in itself earns the 5-star rating and is worth the price of the CD."