Peter, Paul And Mary
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Peter, Paul And Mary

December 23, 2008

Song Title
Early In The Morning
500 Miles
This Train
It's Raining
If I Had My Way
Cruel War
Lemon Tree
If I Had A Hammer
Autumn To May
Where Have All The Flowers Gone

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 1, 1967
  • Release Date: August 1, 1967
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 1962 Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 33:55
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  • ASIN: B001QUT01S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,282 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Trio That Will Never Go Out of Style June 6, 2003
Format:Audio CD
How many forty-year old albums do you still listen to? Probably not too many, but this should be one of them (it certainly is one of mine). For a young group on their first album, this was meticulously produced and already showed their incredible sense of professionalism. From their close harmonies to tightly interleaved guitar picking, each song radiates perfectionism. Mary's voice is a lilting bird reaching above Peter's tenor and Paul's bass, adding brilliant highlights and enforcing the sense that these songs just couldn't be sung any better.
Probably anyone who was alive at the time of this album's release still remembers If I Had a Hammer and Lemon Tree, the two top hits from this album. But over the years I have found that my own personal favorites are Cruel War, which already showed some of the group's dedication to anti-war and other political messages, as highlighted by the Civil War age of this song; Autumn to May, which showed another prime marker of the group of children's songs sung so beautifully that they are difficult to dismiss; and Where Have All the Flowers Gone, which perhaps might be called the ultimate anti-war song.
But the other tracks here have power also. (Man of Constant) Sorrow, as re-written and performed here, reaches beyond its Appalachian roots to touch your soul, 500 miles is haunting with Mary as lead soloist, This Train and Early Morning show the third trademark of this group, their deep religious feelings, and Bamboo shows just what they can do with a very simple song.
In short, this album is a must for all lovers of folk or pop-folk music, with every track offering something to immerse yourself in and enjoy.
--- Reviewed by Patrick Shepherd (hyperpat)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars give this group a spotlight !!! April 22, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Peter, Paul And Mary is a self-titled album that gives us here on CD all the songs from their first record album. The sound quality is great and I love that artwork! Peter, Paul & Mary could never be forgotten.

"Early In The Morning" starts off the CD with a stunning melody--Peter, Paul & Mary sing and play this without a superfluous note! The beat is somewhat sped up, a tad more so than I've heard it before, but it still holds its own very well. Peter, Paul & Mary sound absolutely great on this track! "500 Miles" is another touching ballad that moves me whenever I hear it; they harmonize so well and the guitar work again enhances the natural beauty of this classic folk rock ballad.

"This Train" has them harmonizing in such a way that they mimic the sound of a train whistle; and when they break into song this number really takes off like a jet! The guitars weave their usual magic and all together "This Train" is a very solid number on this CD. Great! Listen also for "Bamboo;" this number uses percussion and drums as they sing a song that sounds somewhat like a Caribbean melody. Peter, Paul & Mary again harmonize to perfection and this really impresses me a lot.

"It's Raining" features Peter, Paul & Mary singing a classic children's song; but they do this so well you'd never know it's a children's song unless you had heard it as a child or sung it to your own child! "It's Raining" truly gets the royal treatment from Peter, Paul & Mary. "If I Had My Way" picks up the pace a bit and Peter, Paul & Mary really belt this out!

"Lemon Tree" is a great song that compares love to a lemon tree; they explore just how difficult and painful love can be when things don't work out well.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hall of Fame February 8, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
My life of music would have a hole in it without this classic folk album. To this day I still think that this is one of the prettiest records ever made. Cruel War is on it. That's the one about the woman begging her man to let her go to war with him dressed as a man. It is historically accurate. Many dead soldiers in the Civil War were discovered to be females in men's clothing. The angelic voice of Mary Travers blends with Peter's tenor and Paul's bass on some gorgeous harmonies. I recently played about 60 old albums and liked this one best of them all.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible October 17, 2000
By "pspa"
Format:Audio CD
No lover of folk music should be without this album. OK, It's Raining is corny, but take that song away and you are left with an incredible parade of songs made all the more timeless by one of the truly great groups ever. The singing is so graceful that only if one really concentrates does one realize how intricate and complex the solos and harmonies are, transforming ordinary songs into extraordinary ones and excellent songs into anthems. Autumn to May, on its face a silly children's song, is a magical fairy tale in their hands. Where Have All the Flowers Gone, a fine enough song in the original, becomes the lament of a generation. And so on. Perhaps because of their close association with children's music or perhaps because they mostly covered songs of other artists this trio does not get enough credit as serious musicians, but in my opinion this album (as well as In the Wind, another masterpiece) shows they are truly worthy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Huge Influence, Musically and More April 28, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When I repurchased this album recently, I didn't expect the reaction I would have listening to it again. I've spent decades giving the Beatles most of the credit for my musical taste, my philosophy, and my political viewpoint, but I was wrong. I now realize I was singing "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "Cruel War" before I'd ever heard "I Want to Hold Your Hand," and the consciousness-raising Beatles stage was years in the future. A week after I heard this album again I was vacationing (without my CDs), and these songs filled my thoughts day and night. I don't mean that to sound either profound or trivial, it's simply true. Obviously, they have lost none of their impact on me. I cherish this music, from the gorgeous blend of the three voices to the lyrics, to the hopeful times I remember through them. If this sort of memory sounds familiar to you, do yourself a favor and raise your voice with PP&M again. You'll thank yourself, you'll empower yourself, you'll remember to try to make the world a better place!
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5.0 out of 5 stars review
Well after the death of Mary Travers it was like a final tribute. I always liked their singing and well some of their songs were more "anti" than i would have liked but... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Gary Long
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Best Album
This was Peter Paul and Mary's first and in my opinion, best album. Some cuts I like better than others, Sorrow, and 500 Miles for instance, but I like them all. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Dr Markway
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection
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Published 29 days ago by L. Mack Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars Dated and pretentious but still their best
This is the best album by PP&M by far. It is dated for sure, but was recorded before they got so pretentious and full of themselves.
Published 1 month ago by MJH
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album ever!
After getting this album I loved it so much I played it 14 times in a row. my all time favorite!
Published 2 months ago by Jaime R. Tormos
5.0 out of 5 stars CD
I received the cd on time and in good condition. It is a recording I have looked for in the past and was pleased to find at a reasonable price.
Published 3 months ago by SM
5.0 out of 5 stars great memories
Peter, Paul, and Mary are one of the iconic groups of folk music. Turn it on, sit back, close your eyes and take a journey back to folk.
Published 11 months ago by Mandell S. Winter Jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars The songs were great but...........
the sound itself was very poor. Probably better just to buy Very Best of Peter, Paul and Mary instead as I did. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Bonita Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars eric's real kindergarden
This album is very visceral for me. I was born in 1957, & my late Mom listened to Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, Kingston Trio, Kristy Minstrels & the like. Read more
Published 12 months ago by eric stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorites
I've always loved Peter, Paul and Mary. Collecting their CDs off Amazon now to enjoy in the car while traveling. Makes the time pass for long distances and I enjoy them.
Published 13 months ago by Shirley M. Pence
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