Peter Paul and Mary with Symphony Orchestra: The Prague Sessions

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Peter Yarrow, Noel "Paul" Stookey, and Mary Travers, as Peter, Paul and Mary, were there on the ground floor of the 1960s commercial folk revival with songs like their version of Dylan's then-largely unknown "Blowin' in the Wind" and the simple yet slyly enigmatic singalong "Puff the Magic Dragon." This was folk dressed up to shine on the radio, and it did. Through it all, and even after the folk boom had faded, Peter, Paul and Mary essentially kept their act the same, and aside from a brief respite in the '70s, they performed and recorded regularly until Travers' death in 2009, adding in new signature songs each era -- the trio's powerful rendition of Thea Hopkins' stark...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Peter Yarrow, Noel "Paul" Stookey, and Mary Travers, as Peter, Paul and Mary, were there on the ground floor of the 1960s commercial folk revival with songs like their version of Dylan's then-largely unknown "Blowin' in the Wind" and the simple yet slyly enigmatic singalong "Puff the Magic Dragon." This was folk dressed up to shine on the radio, and it did. Through it all, and even after the folk boom had faded, Peter, Paul and Mary essentially kept their act the same, and aside from a brief respite in the '70s, they performed and recorded regularly until Travers' death in 2009, adding in new signature songs each era -- the trio's powerful rendition of Thea Hopkins' stark and harrowing "Jesus on the Wire" from 2004 comes immediately to mind in that regard. This set, intended by Yarrow and Stookey as a tribute to Travers, is the last page in the long history of this iconic trio. Taking live recordings of the group at various concerts in the '80s and '90s, Yarrow and Stookey added symphonic arrangements done by longtime friend and collaborator Robert DeCormier, and recorded with the Czech National Sympony Orchestra in Prague shortly after Travers' death. The result isn't particularly startling, since Peter, Paul and Mary had used DeCormier's symphonic touch on releases throughout their career, but there is a compelling mixture of honest sadness and joy at work here, especially on a bouncy and expansive version of "Leaving on a Jet Plane," a lovely and solemn "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," a wonderfully illuminated and cinematic "Puff the Magic Dragon," and Hopkins' "Jesus on a Wire," which makes for cinema of a whole different sort. Frequently, though, the orchestrations wear out their welcome quickly, and while sweet and pretty, they detract from the intimacy through simplicity feel that songs like "Blowin' in the Wind" require to be truly effective. All in all, it's great to hear these three harmonizing together one last time, though, and if the orchestrations aren't always necessary, it's still a testament to the chemistry between the three of them as singers and performers. The Prague Sessions feels like a stately goodbye, made memorable because that is exactly what it is -- a goodbye.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2010
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227981266
  • Catalog Number: 523477
  • Sales rank: 10,980

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Weave Me the Sunshine (2:53)
  2. 2 It's Magic (4:22)
  3. 3 Some Walls (2:44)
  4. 4 Don't Laugh At Me (5:10)
  5. 5 The Kid (4:49)
  6. 6 Leaving On a Jet Plane (3:50)
  7. 7 Light One Candle - New York Choral Society (3:18)
  8. 8 Jesus On the Wire (4:06)
  9. 9 Day is Done (3:47)
  10. 10 Puff the Magic Dragon (4:21)
  11. 11 Greenland Whale Fisheries (4:33)
  12. 12 Where Have All the Flowers Gone (4:31)
  13. 13 Blowin' In the Wind (4:14)
  14. 14 This Land is Your Land (3:44)
  15. 15 Adagio For Strings (7:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter, Paul and Mary Primary Artist
Robert DeCormier Conductor
Paul Prestopino Banjo, Dobro, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Penny Whistle
Dick Kniss Bass
Technical Credits
Samuel Barber Composer
Woody Guthrie Composer
Buddy Mondlock Composer
Pete Seeger Composer
John Denver Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Peter Yarrow Composer
Robert DeCormier Orchestral Arrangements, Music Direction, Photo Courtesy
Kevin Salem Producer, Mastering
Ronnie Gilbert Composer
Lee Hays Composer
Fred Hellerman Composer
Mary Ann Kennedy Composer
Leonard Lipton Composer
John McClure Engineer
Pamela Rose Composer
Allen Shamblin Composer
Randy Sharp Composer
Noel Paul Stookey Liner Notes
Barry Alfonso Liner Notes
Louise DeCormier Photo Courtesy
Maria Villar Art Direction
Annie Leibovitz Cover Photo
David Gorman Art Direction
Dave Tkachuk Engineer
Tim Bays Composer
Thea Hopkins Composer
Cenek Kotzmann Engineer
Jan Kotzmann Engineer
Susan Brazell Back Cover Photo
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Peter Paul and Mary Latest release

    This album was bought over several selected albums. The price was good and my discounts helped me afford it. Peter Paul and Mary I grew up with and i was looking for something fun to use in my tai chi and water aerobics classes. many people recognized the songs and they forgot about there pains and limited mobility , worked out well and in the end felt glad they came. Thank you all.
    In Peace
    Cody Flying Eagle

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great recording and tribute to Mary.

    A great collection of their recordings over the Years!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Farewell

    Mary Travers may have always been listed last, yet she's the first one to come to mind in the group as its primary vocalist. And this album is fitting and fond farewell to a member of the team who gave so much.

    The listener may recognize the tracks culled from past PBS specials and may almost expect to hear Travers add "Happy Holidays" after "Peace all over the world" on "Blowin' In the Wind" taken from the Holiday Celebration album.

    Most of the tracks benefit from the gentle orchestrations, particularly, "Jesus On the Wire," with the strings and added bass, yet at other times, the group seems to be swimming against the orchestra, the intricate three-part harmonies lost.

    So long, Mary and Peter and Noel Paul. And thank you.

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