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In Concert
     

In Concert

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by Peter
 
This double album opens with a then-new Bob Dylan song, "The Times They Are A' Changin'," and closes with the best-known song ever written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hayes, "If I Had a Hammer." That seems to sum up Peter, Paul & Mary, but

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This double album opens with a then-new Bob Dylan song, "The Times They Are A' Changin'," and closes with the best-known song ever written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hayes, "If I Had a Hammer." That seems to sum up Peter, Paul & Mary, but In Concert offers a lot more than that. The surprises include vignettes in blues and gospel, and, most notably, the group's humorous digressions. Peter, Paul & Mary spared few opportunities for a good laugh on-stage, beginning with the introduction to "A' Soalin'," which shows off a lightheartedness that was an essential part of who they were, even as it leads into an exquisitely sung round-like piece that should have found its way into the repertory of Steeleye Span. "Blue" gives the trio a chance to play around with rock & roll, from doo wop to British Invasion, through the song "Old Blue" (satirizing folk music purists at the same time), and Paul Stookey adds his own sound effects to Woody Guthrie's "Car-Car." The solo spots are also worthwhile, particularly Peter Yarrow's introspective version of "Le Deserteur," followed by his dazzling, rousing singalong on "Oh, Rock My Soul," and Mary Travers' rendition of "Single Girl," a low-key proto-feminist song. The group's rendition of "It's Raining" achieves an exquisite mix of gossamer-textured harmonizing and thematic innocence, and their rendition of the Reverend Gary Davis' "If I Had My Way" is a bracing re-interpretation for three interwoven voices. Finally, the version of "If I Had a Hammer" that closes this album is superior to their hit single of the same song.

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Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0075992716222
catalogNumber:
1555
Rank:
37657

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In Concert 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a SUPERB collection and is my PP&M favorite. I went off to college in 1964 and took my HS graduation gift "RECORD PLAYER" and was given this album as a gift from my sister. The guys in the dorm and I spent countless hours listening to those 2 LP's. We felt like we were "in the concert". When the "funny stuff" like Paultalk, Car-Car (Riding In My Car) and Blue came on we would quietly listen like it was the first time and then burst into laughter! There's no need to sell on the songs. They are all familiar standards. You either like folk music or you don't. What's fun is to think back to life during this era. Simple but extremely complicated. A date might be to take in the coffee shop and hear some great folk songs while drinking....COFFEE.KUMBAYA!! The next morning might see you carrying protest signs on campus or being involved in some other movement. I'll tell you how much I've enjoyed this collection. There was the original gift LP, it was later replaced with a tape cartridge, then a cassette tape and finally a CD. Oh, and I ripped the CD to MP3 files so I can enjoy them on the computer. I'm really a music buff. I still have huge collections of 78's, 45's, LP's, cartridges, cassettes, CD's and now MP3's. Tens of thousands of songs. I'd rank this collection in my top 25. Take a walk down memory lane with this great CD. Give it a try, you'll enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this album as a Christmas gift in 1964 - I was in the eighth grade. I played it all the time and I know my parents got sick of hearing it. My favorite song was probably Le Deserteur even though it was a long time before I even knew what was being said. That song is the heart and soul of PP&amp M's politics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love their music and this is their best.