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Carry It On [Bonus DVD]

Carry It On [Bonus DVD]

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by Peter, Paul and Mary
With mellifluous harmonies, an imaginative blend of male and female voices, infectious energy, and a superior taste in repertoire, Peter, Paul & Mary brought folk music to broad popular attention in a way that no other artists ever had. With such early signature songs as “Lemon Tree,” “If I Had a Hammer,” “Puff the Magic Dragon,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,”


With mellifluous harmonies, an imaginative blend of male and female voices, infectious energy, and a superior taste in repertoire, Peter, Paul & Mary brought folk music to broad popular attention in a way that no other artists ever had. With such early signature songs as “Lemon Tree,” “If I Had a Hammer,” “Puff the Magic Dragon,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” and, of course, Bob Dylan’s “Blowin' in the Wind,” P. P. & M. gave popular voice to the burgeoning folk music scene of the 1960s. Massively acclaimed during the early days of the decade, the trio continued to have success with later hits including “I Dig Rock & Roll Music” and “Day Is Done,” while their albums, including the children’s collection Peter, Paul and Mommy, went on to become perennial classics. This four-disc (plus bonus DVD) collection provides a comprehensive picture of the pioneering ensemble that is designed to please both devoted fans and first-time listeners. All the best-loved performances are accounted for, as well as a multitude of live cuts and rarities. Here’s the place to turn for the real artistry and sheer pleasure of the folk music boom that A Mighty Wind didn’t catch.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
The seminal trio Peter, Paul & Mary lie in the upper echelons of folk music's dynasty, and this definitive box set -- spanning the years 1960-2003 and containing four CDs plus an exclusive DVD -- captures the essence of their intertwining voices, topical songs, and poetic sensibility. At the heart of the set are 80 remastered audio recordings, spanning the trio's career and including previously unreleased solo performances by each member made prior to the group's formation -- plus a home recording of "Canaan Land," recorded before they signed with Warner Bros. Records. Presented chronologically, the material ranges from traditional ballads like "The Three Ravens" and "Take Off Your Old Coat" to the work of such latter-day poets as Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Laura Nyro, Gordon Lightfoot, Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs, and John Denver, as well as songs penned by the group itself. All the classics -- indelible, important songs like "Blowin' in the Wind," "If I Had a Hammer," "Cruel War," "Leaving on a Jet Plane," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," "500 Miles," "Lemon Tree," "In the Early Morning Rain," "All My Trials," and "Puff (The Magic Dragon)" -- are included, of course, but there's much more to be found in this time capsule encompassing nearly a half century of consistently moving, inspiring, and purposeful music.

Highlights of the eight-track bonus DVD include live performances of "If I Had a Hammer" from the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech; "Leaving on a Jet Plane," sung by PP&M and John Denver, the song's author, in 1970; "The Great Mandala (The Wheel of Life)" from their 1970 documentary The Song Is Love; and "Jane Jane" from The Andy Williams Show. The set's exclusive booklet features a lengthy history and musical commentary from Barry Alfonso; essays from Pulitzer Prize–winning political writer David Halberstam and Ronnie Gilbert of the Weavers; and a moving story by 1968 presidential candidate Senator Eugene McCarthy. Also included are captivating archival photos, detailed track notes, and testimonials from friends and colleagues such as Pete Seeger, Harry Belafonte, Bill Cosby, Walter Cronkite, Judy Collins, Senator John F. Kerry, Tom Smothers, Gloria Steinem, and Studs Terkel, as well as Dr. King's widow, Coretta Scott King, who proclaims, "Peter, Paul & Mary are not only three of the greatest folk artists ever, but also three of the performing arts' most outstanding champions of social justice and peace. They have lent their time and talents to the Civil Rights Movement, labor struggles, and countless campaigns for human rights for decades, and their compassion and commitment remain as strong as their extraordinary artistry." Not unexpectedly, Ms. King says it all.

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Peter, Paul & Mary's multi-decade career is for the most part well summarized, and certainly extremely well packaged, on this four-CD, 90-track box set. As with many such boxes, there's too much on here if you're not a devoted fan, and too much in particular from their post-early-'70s recordings, which take up all of disc four. But it does, of course, have all of their '60s hits, along with many of their better album tracks. Not all of those album tracks are good, but at the very least these show their willingness to take on an extraordinarily wide range of material, from traditional folk songs and children's tunes to covers of emerging songwriters like Bob Dylan, Fred Neil, Laura Nyro, John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot, and Tom Paxton, sometimes venturing into soft folk-rock. You could, in fact, make something of a secondary greatest-hits CD from the best of those tracks that would be almost as good as their actual greatest-hits CD, some of those standout songs being Nyro's "And When I Die" (released in mid-1966, when Nyro was virtually unknown), "Early in the Morning," "500 Miles," "The Song Is Love," Rev. Gary Davis' "If I Had My Way," Pete Seeger's "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," "Because All Men Are Brothers" (recorded with Dave Brubeck), and Ewan MacColl's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face." Others, unfortunately, are only likely to be appreciated by completists, like Noel Paul Stookey's long comedy routine "Paultalk." As far as the kind of rarities routinely thrown on box sets to entice collectors, there are a fair number, most of them worth hearing, though none of them are among their more essential work. These include a previously unreleased cover of Dylan's "When the Ship Comes In," from the 1965 Newport Folk Festival; a previously unissued version of the traditional tune "Come and Go With Me," recorded live at the White House in 1964; a single-only 1966 version of "The Cruel War," with strings; "Il Faut Qu'il Vienne le Temps (If I Were Free)," from a French EP; the single version of "Hurry Sundown," minus the horn overdubs of the LP version; three tracks from a 1967 Japanese live album; the live single version of "Day Is Done"; and a few early-'70s solo cuts by Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey, and Mary Travers, the standout among these being Travers' orchestrated art song-ish "Conscientious Objector (I Shall Die)." There are also four bonus tracks -- placed, annoyingly, as songs that precede the official first songs of each CD, meaning you have to go to the beginning of song one and press the reverse button to access them -- predating the trio's recording deal. None of these are that good, but they have considerable historical interest, including a 1960 audition tape of Travers doing "Single Girl" (to be re-recorded by Peter, Paul & Mary on In Concert a few years later); Yarrow doing "Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime?" live in 1958; Noel Stookey & the Corsairs on their 1956 single "Goodbye Baby," where it sounds like they can't decide whether they're playing rock & roll or jazz; and a 1960 tape of Peter, Paul & Mary singing "Canaan Land," recorded at Stookey's apartment. The biggest extra, though, is a bonus DVD disc included with the box, featuring eight songs from various phases of their career. The first five of those clips, spanning 1963-1970, are quite good, including the group singing "If I Had a Hammer" during their famous appearance at the 1963 March on Washington; a 1966 TV clip of "Jane, Jane"; a vibrant 1969 rendition of "If I Had My Way," from The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour; and a 1969 broadcast of "Leaving on a Jet Plane," on which they're joined by the song's author, John Denver. (The three other DVD clips, spanning 1986-2002, are unfortunately not nearly as fun.) The 86-page bound-in booklet is mighty impressive too, jam-packed with vintage photos, historical essays, and appreciative tributes from numerous celebrities, from John Kerry and Bill Cosby to Studs Terkel and Coretta Scott King.

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Disc 1

  1. Buddy, Can You Spare A Dime - Peter Yarrow
  2. Early In The Morning
  3. 500 Miles
  4. Lemon Tree
  5. If I Had A Hammer
  6. It's Raining
  7. If I Had My Way
  8. Autumn To May
  9. Where Have All The Flowers Gone
  10. Puff, The Magic Dragon
  11. This Land Is Your Land
  12. Gone The Rainbow
  13. Flora
  14. Old Coat
  15. A'Soalin'
  16. Blowin' In The Wind
  17. Polly Von
  18. Stewball
  19. All My Trial
  20. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
  21. Freight Train
  22. Paultalk (Live)

Disc 2

  1. Goodbye Baby - Noel Stookey & The Corsairs
  2. The Times They Are A Changin' (Live)
  3. Three Ravens (Live)
  4. Blue (Live)
  5. Oh, Rock My Soul (Live)
  6. When The Ship Comes In (Live)
  7. Come And Go With Me (Live)
  8. For Lovin'Me
  9. Jimmy Whalen
  10. Gilgarra Mountain
  11. Wasn't That A Time
  12. Monday Morning
  13. San Francisco Bay Blues
  14. Early Mornin' Rain
  15. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  16. The Last Thing On My Mind
  17. The Cruel War (2nd Single Version)
  18. Il Faut Qu'il Vienne Le Temps (If I Were Free)
  19. And When I Die
  20. 20. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
  21. 21. For Baby (For Bobbie)
  22. 22. Hurry Sundown (Single Version)
  23. 23. Mon Vrai Destin
  24. 24. Well, Well, Well

Disc 3

  1. Single Girl - Mary Travers
  2. The Other Side Of This Life (Live)
  3. Sometime Lovin' (Live)
  4. The Good Times We Had (Live)
  5. Leaving On A Jet Plane
  6. No Other Name
  7. The House Song
  8. The Great Mandella (The Wheel Of Life)
  9. I Dig Rock & Roll Music
  10. The Song Is Love
  11. Too Much On Nothing
  12. Moments Of Sort Persuasion
  13. Hymn
  14. Day Is Done (Live/Single Version)
  15. The Marvelous Toy
  16. Leatherwing Bat
  17. I Have A Song To Sing, O!
  18. Going To The Zoo
  19. Because All Men Are Brothers - with Dave Brubeck
  20. Follow Me - Mary Tarvers
  21. Wedding Song (There Is Love) - Noel Paul Stookey
  22. Coscientious Objector (I Shall Die) - Mary Travers
  23. Weave Me The Sunshine - Peter Yarrow
  24. By Surprise

Disc 4

  1. Canaan Land
  2. Such Is Love (Live)
  3. There But For Fortune (Live)
  4. Wild Places (For Caloola) (Live)
  5. Right Field
  6. No Easy Walk To Freedom
  7. Greenland Whale Fisheries
  8. El Salvador
  9. Greenwood
  10. Children Go Where I Send Thee (Live)
  11. Light One Candle (Live)
  12. All Mixed Up
  13. It Ain't Me Babe
  14. Pastures Of Plenty (Live)
  15. The Fox (Live)
  16. Garden Song (Live)
  17. The Kid
  18. Mi Caballo (Live)
  19. It's Magic
  20. Don't Laugh At Me

Disc 5

  1. If I Had A Hammer (Civil Rights March On Washington, 1963)
  2. Jane, Jane (The Andy Williams Show, 1966)
  3. If I Had My Way (The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, 1969)
  4. Leaving On A Jet Plane - with John Denver (Something To Sing About, 1969)
  5. The Great Mandella (The Wheel Of Live) (The Song Is Love, 1970)
  6. No Easy Walk To Freedom (Promotional Video, 1986)
  7. Babylon/On Sinner Man (LifeLines Sessions, 1994)
  8. Have You Been To Jail For Justice? (Rehearsal Reference, 2003)
  9. Interviews (1996)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter, Paul and Mary   Primary Artist
Michael Bloomfield   Guitar
Paul Butterfield   Harmonica
Seamus Egan   Penny Whistle
Mick Moloney   Mandolin
Elvin Bishop   Guitar
John Denver   Guitar
Kooper   Organ
Dave Brubeck   Piano
Herbie Hancock   Keyboards
Andy Narell   Steel Drums
Marvin Stamm   Trumpet
Jay Berliner   Acoustic Guitar
David Buskin   Guitar
Eric Weissberg   Banjo
Peter Yarrow   Guitar
Alan Dawson   Drums
Sue Evans   Percussion
Dominic Cortese   Accordion
Carlos Alomar   Electric Guitar
Dan Armstrong   Horn
Robert Banks   Organ
Robin Batteau   Violin
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
John Beal   Bass,Group Member
Gene Bertoncini   Guitar,Group Member
Maurice Bialkin   Cello
Kenneth Bichel   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Richard Bock   Cello,Group Member
Bob Boucher   Bass
Harvey Brooks   Bass
Howard Collins   Guitar
Sal DiTroia   Guitar
Monte Dunn   Guitar
David Finck   Bass
Irwin Fisch   Keyboards
Steve Gadd   Drums
Russell George   Bass
Paul Griffin   Piano
Ernie Hayes   Keyboards
Karl Herreshoff   Guitar,Group Member
Lee Holdridge   Conductor
Anthony Jackson   Electric Bass
Doug Katsaros   Keyboards,Synthesizer Flute
Richard Kniss   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Bruce Langhorne   Guitar
Will Lee   Bass
Bill Lee   Bass
Jay Leonhart   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Tony Levin   Bass
Herb Lovelle   Drums
Hugh McCracken   Electric Guitar
Charles McCracken   Cello
Adam Mitchell   Guitar,Group Member
Wayne Moss   Guitar
Chris Parker   Drums
Dean Parks   Guitar
Lenny Pickett   Horn
Paul Prestopino   Banjo,Guitar
Skip Prokop   Drums
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Walter Raim   Guitar
George Ricci   Cello
Luther Rix   Drums
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Keyboards
Albertine Robinson   Vocals
Margaret Ross   Harp
David Rubinson   Percussion
Russ Savakus   Bass
Virgil Scott   Alto Flute,Group Member
Jack Six   Bass
Maurice Smith   Flute
Maretha Stewart   Vocals
Noel Paul Stookey   Guitar
Luther Tucker   Guitar
Ed Walsh   Keyboards
Toni Wine   Vocals
Lori Cole   Concertina
Anthony MacDonald   Percussion
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica
New York Choral Society   Vocals
Jerry Graff   Vocal Director
Lou Mauro   Bass
Ruth Ben-Zvi   Marimbas,Darbouka,Group Member
Gene Murrow   English Horn,Group Member
Morris Wechsler   Piano
Paul Winter Consort   Saxophone,Group,Group Member
Robby Coffin   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Joan Litman   Choir Director
Village Light Opera Group   Vocals
Little Red School House Chorus   Vocals
Stu Scharff   Guitar
David Brian Brown   Acoustic Guitar
Chuck Beale   Guitar,Group Member
Edgar DeHaas   Bass
Doug Ewing   Bass
Tom Halsted   Drums
Mustard Seed School   Vocals
Denny Gerrard   Bass
Bob Zimmitti   Percussion

Technical Credits

Bill Cosby   Liner Notes
Jesse Fuller   Composer
Ewan MacColl   Composer
Arthur Sullivan   Composer
Theodore Bikel   Liner Notes
Hamilton Camp   Composer
Judy Collins   Liner Notes
Elizabeth Cotten   Composer
Bob Gibson   Composer
Arlo Guthrie   Liner Notes
Woody Guthrie   Composer
Gordon Lightfoot   Composer
David Mallett   Composer
Buddy Mondlock   Composer
Fred Neil   Composer
Phil Ochs   Composer
Tom Paxton   Composer,Liner Notes
Peter, Paul and Mary   Producer
Pete Seeger   Composer
John Denver   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Laura Nyro   Composer
Brooks Arthur   Engineer
Earl Robinson   Composer
Len Chandler   Arranger,Adaptation
Gary Shearston   Composer
Mary Travers   Arranger,Composer,Adaptation
Peter Yarrow   Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,Adaptation
Will Holt   Composer
Karen Gold   Composer
Travis Edmonson   Composer
Tom Glazer   Composer
Robert DeCormier   Composer,Producer,Musical Director
Ossie Davis   Liner Notes
Anne Feeney   Composer
Mary Katherine Aldin   Memorabilia
Larry Alexander   Engineer
Kenneth Bichel   Musical Director
Jim Boyer   Producer,Engineer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Fred Catero   Engineer
Guy Charbonneau   Engineer
John Court   Producer
Robin Danar   Engineer
Rev. Gary Davis   Composer
Chris Dedrick   Arranger
Lowell Frank   Engineer
Ronnie Gilbert   Composer,Liner Notes
Lou Gonzalez   Engineer
Albert B. Grossman   Composer,Producer
Don Hahn   Engineer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lee Hays   Composer
Fred Hellerman   Composer
Roy Hendrickson   Engineer
John Herald   Composer
Lee Holdridge   Arranger,Composer
Bill Inglot   Producer
Butch Jones   Engineer
Richard Kniss   Composer
Harold Leventhal   Liner Notes,Memorabilia
Leonard Lipton   Composer
Jim Mason   Producer
John McClure   Producer,Engineer
Eddie Mottau   Producer
Nursery School   Contributor
Milton Okun   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Adaptation,Musical Director
John Patterson   Engineer
Russ Payne   Engineer
Gary Peterson   Discographical Annotation
Malcolm Pollack   Engineer
Phil Ramone   Producer,Engineer
Ralph Rinzler   Composer
David Rubinson   Producer
Bill Schwartau   Engineer
Allen Shamblin   Composer
Tom Smothers   Liner Notes
Noel Paul Stookey   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Adaptation
Tom Swift   Engineer
Hedy West   Composer
Shelly Yakus   Engineer
Harry Yarmark   Engineer
Bob Yellin   Composer
Stu Davis   Archival Assistant
Dave Dixon   Composer
William Schwenk Gilbert   Composer
David Halberstam   Liner Notes
Elaine Sutherland   Composer
Barry Alfonso   Liner Notes
Eugene McCarthy   Liner Notes
Patrick Milligan   Producer
Martha Hertzberg   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Artie Kaplan   Orchestral Manager
Pat Sweeting   Engineer
Maria Villar   Art Direction
Mark Zampella   Engineer
Ken Fritz   Executive Producer
Gloria Steinem   Liner Notes
Steve Woolard   Discographical Annotation
Dave Tkachuk   Sound Design
Hugues Aufray   translation
Cliff Bonnell   Engineer
Jay Gorney   Composer
Margery Tabankin   Composer,Liner Notes
Tim Bays   Composer
David Altschul   Liner Notes
Walter Cronkite   Liner Notes
William A. Welch   Composer
Peter Campbell   Composer
Petter Dahlstrom   Engineer
Tim Scanlin   Liner Note Coordination
James Mason   Composer
Steve Seskin   Composer
Robert Bannard   Composer
John Kerry   Liner Notes
Shelley Belusar   Tour Manager
Joyce Hall   Archival Assistant
Will Juhans   Engineer
Tracy Batteast   Arranger,Adaptation
William Sloane Coffin   Liner Notes
Sally Farr   Archival Assistant
John Daly Goodwin   Director
Louis Gossett   Liner Notes
Paul Kehoe   Archival Assistant
David LaPlante   Archival Assistant
Elena Mezzetti   Arranger,Composer,Adaptation
Dave Allen   Composer
Joel Newman   Composer
Jim Wallis   Composer
Arturo Rodriguez   Liner Notes

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Carry It On [Bonus DVD] 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this box set. It obvious features a few songs from each of their albums but what I like about it is that it features live recordings of songs that were originally recorded in studio. I love the bonus DVD because it shows a younger version of Peter, Paul and Mary. I hope that this review was helpful to anyone who reads it.
BellaJean More than 1 year ago
Overall this CD is marvelous.  If  I would be critical it is to say I am not too found of the 4th CD, only like a few songs.  Set is worth it.
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