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|Peter Paul & Mary|
Songs Of Conscience & Concern: A Retrospective Collection
Genres: Folk, Pop
The 15 lesser-known tracks included in this compilation deliver exactly what the title states. Peter, Paul & Mary, of course, helped invent "protest" music when they recorded Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind," transforming... more »
The 15 lesser-known tracks included in this compilation deliver exactly what the title states. Peter, Paul & Mary, of course, helped invent "protest" music when they recorded Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind," transforming it into a '60s civil rights anthem. That song isn't included here; in fact, the best-known tune is Phil Ochs's "There But for Fortune," although folk fans will also be familiar with Woody Guthrie's Depression-era "Pastures of Plenty" and the antiwar "Wasn't That a Time," most often associated with the Weavers. The social concerns addressed range from environmental degradation (the antinuke "Power") to racial disharmony (Pete Seeger's childlike "All Mixed Up") to political injustice (the graphic albeit melodically beautiful "El Salvador"). "Don't Laugh at Me," the sole new track here, preaches childhood tolerance, making it a perfect companion piece to PPM's classic "Danny's Down," also included here. The gorgeous, melodic new song is a must for fans, and although the other 14 songs are culled from nine previous LPs, it's still impressive to hear such sincere expressions of social consciousness. --Bill Holdship
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The legacy of Peter, Paul & Mary as folk singers
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 04/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The idea behind "Songs of Conscience & Concern" is Peter, Paul & Mary sang lots of other great protest songs besides their popular hits "If I Had A Hammer," "Blowin' In The Wind," and "Where Have All The Flowers Gone." I might not have heard PP&M sing many of the songs included in this retrospective collection, but several of them are quite familiar from all the folk music I have been listening to this year. The album begins with the Weaver's "What That A Time" and Woody Guthrie's "Pastures Of Plenty," two songs I have recently discovered and greatly admire. The issues covered in these songs stretch from the Great Depression to today and the songs come from a dozen PP&M albums, although it is not surprising that three of the songs come from their "Flowers and Stones" album. One of the things I really noticed on this album was that they reflect not only the graceful harmonies of the trio, but that the instrumental work on some of these songs is as good as anything we have heard them do. With their successful holiday concerts and the enduring legacy of "Puff the Magic Dragon," it is important sometimes to remember that Peter, Paul & Mary were folk singers, and that once upon a time folk singers were the social conscience of this nation. This album is a remember of those times."
They still leave you thinking with the messages they sing
Kathy | Seattle, Washington | 12/16/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been a Peter, Paul and Mary fan since their first concert I attended in high school in 1969. They always entertain you, but leave you thinking about our society. This is my favorite recording and Danny's Downs is an exceptional song. I have given this to many of my friends and will continue to."
A Great Compilation of the Music PPM is Best At
Kathy | 10/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"PPM have been my favorite group ever since my parents bought us their first albums in the early sixties. I have also raised my now college-aged kids on PPM. I thoroughly enjoy this CD, even though I have all the songs (except the new one) on my other PPM CDs. My favorite titles are "Danny's Downs", "Home is Where the Heart Is" and "Don't Laugh at Me". They make us "conscience" of social issues that affect all of us here and now. It is great to have most of my favorite PPM songs on one CD. It is great to see that after 40 years they are still giving us great 'G' rated music."