In These Times

In These Times

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by Peter, Paul and Mary
     
 

The first new studio album in nearly a decade from seminal folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary, In These Times features a dozen topical songs penned by Pete Seeger, Steve Seskin, Allen Shamblin, Tim Bays, Dave Allen, and other songwriters both established and newly recognized. The disc was produced by Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey, and the accompanying bookletSee more details below

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The first new studio album in nearly a decade from seminal folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary, In These Times features a dozen topical songs penned by Pete Seeger, Steve Seskin, Allen Shamblin, Tim Bays, Dave Allen, and other songwriters both established and newly recognized. The disc was produced by Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey, and the accompanying booklet features complete lyrics as well as a new poem by Mary Travers.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
For their first new album since 1995's Lifelines, veteran folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary haven't changed things around much. Although their voices are a little less angelic (at least in the normal sense), the quavering, breathy vocals carry a kind of earned wisdom that they could only hint at 40 years ago, and it makes the group's delivery of these songs all the more intimate and effective. In These Times has the usual traditional material, including a hard-charging version of "Wayfaring Stranger," a Pete Seeger song (the elegant "Oh, Had I a Golden Thread"), and the group's usual endorsement of new, young songwriters working in the folk vein. The obvious highlight this time around is a song by Boston-based songwriter Thea Hopkins, "Jesus Is on the Wire," which tells the chilling story of the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Wyoming. With sparse, jagged, and highly cinematic lyrics, the song builds the same kind of quiet horror as Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit," and its matter-of-fact tone, even on the powerful chorus, makes "Jesus Is on the Wire" absolutely unforgettable. In These Times is valuable for that song alone, but fans of Peter, Paul & Mary won't be disappointed in the rest of the tracks here, either. The trio has aged well, and they've done it by not changing much of anything, making this album both reassuring and refreshing.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2004
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227395728
catalogNumber:
73957
Rank:
4356

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter, Paul and Mary   Primary Artist
Richard Kniss   Bass
Paul Prestopino   Banjo,Dobro,Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin

Technical Credits

Woody Guthrie   Composer
Pete Seeger   Composer
Mary Travers   Arranger,Liner Notes,Adaptation
Peter Yarrow   Arranger,Producer,Adaptation
Robert DeCormier   Arranger,Adaptation,Musical Director
Bob Franke   Composer
Bill Staines   Composer
Anne Feeney   Composer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Craig Carothers   Composer
Milton Glaser   Cover Design
Lou Gonzalez   Engineer
Mary Ann Kennedy   Composer
Pamela Rose   Composer
Allen Shamblin   Composer
Randy Sharp   Composer
Noel Paul Stookey   Arranger,Producer,Adaptation
Tom Swift   Engineer
Bill Wolff   Composer
Patrick Milligan   Executive Producer
Martha Hertzberg   Executive Producer
Dave Tkachuk   Sound Design
Tim Bays   Composer
Arnold Newman   Cover Photo
Gene Nelson   Composer
Tracy Spring   Composer
Janis Carper   Composer
Steve Seskin   Composer
Thea Hopkins   Composer
Shelley Belusar   Tour Manager
Paul Bracaglia   Personal Assistant
Peita Carnevale   Personal Assistant
Joyce Hall   Personal Assistant
Dave Allen   Composer
Florence Reece   Composer
Becca Christel   Composer

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