The Very Best Of Peter, Paul And Mary
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The Very Best Of Peter, Paul And Mary

August 23, 2005

  Song Title Artist
Early In The Morning Peter, Paul and Mary
500 Miles Peter, Paul and Mary
Lemon Tree Peter, Paul and Mary
If I Had A Hammer Peter, Paul and Mary
Where Have All The Flowers Gone Peter, Paul and Mary
Puff, The Magic Dragon Peter, Paul and Mary
Cruel War (Original Single Version) Peter, Paul and Mary
This Land Is Your Land Peter, Paul and Mary
Blowin' In The Wind Peter, Paul and Mary
Stewball Peter, Paul and Mary
Don't Think Twice, It's Alright Peter, Paul and Mary
For Lovin' Me Peter, Paul and Mary
For Baby (For Bobbie) Peter, Paul and Mary
The Times They Are A'Changin' (Live) Peter, Paul and Mary
Early Mornin' Rain Peter, Paul and Mary
Leaving On A Jet Plane Peter, Paul and Mary
I Dig Rock And Roll Music Peter, Paul and Mary
Too Much Of Nothing Peter, Paul and Mary
The Great Mandella (The Wheel Of Life) Peter, Paul and Mary
Day Is Done Peter, Paul and Mary
El Salvador Peter, Paul and Mary
Wedding Song (There Is Love) Noel Paul Stookey
Follow Me Mary Travers
Weave Me The Sunshine Peter Yarrow
Don't Laugh At Me Peter, Paul and Mary

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 23, 2005
  • Release Date: August 23, 2005
  • Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 2005 Warner Bros. Records Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Co.
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  • Total Length: 1:19:19
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  • ASIN: B0012EGEQM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (316 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #942 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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255 of 260 people found the following review helpful
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It is hard to believe that they released their very first Warner Brothers single more than 47 years ago. And although Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey and Mary Travers get credit for producing Rhino's brand new 2005 release "The Very Best of Peter Paul and Mary", I find it hard to believe that these folks ever really thought of themselves as a singles act or worried too much about how successful their records were on Billboard's Hot 100. Peter Paul and Mary were much more concerned with the issues they sang about and with the "live" performances they gave. Yet the fact of the matter is that Peter Paul and Mary made a half dozen Top Ten hits and amassed an impressive total of 19 charted hits. During their heydey in the 1960's they sold a ton of albums as well. The group still performs on a fairly regular basis, continues to record new material and boasts an extremely loyal following.

For collectors like myself, Rhino has finally given us a pretty comprehensive single disc collection cleverly entitled "The Very Best of Peter Paul and Mary". Fans of the group would quickly point out that the 25 tunes on this CD do not necessarily represent the best songs the group ever made. I would be the first to agree with that assessment. Rather, "Very Best" presents the groups biggest and best singles as well as a number of memorable tunes from the groups most popular albums. Of course you will find the familiar hits you heard on the radio like "For Lovin' Me", "Puff The Magic Dragon", "Blowin' In the Wind" and their biggest hit ever from 1970 "Leaving On A Jet Plane". You will also hear Peter Paul and Mary belt out some of folk music's most important and memorable songs.
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93 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Best.............. November 14, 2005
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This collection is superior to any of the other "best-of" releases. Peter, Paul & Mary have been, throughout their successful career, consistently talented capturing their audiences attention and delight for 40 some years.

This collection includes their major hits as well as the best of their other works. Solo efforts -- The Wedding Song, Follow Me, and Weave me the Sunshine -- round out the collection.

Unlike other "best-of" collections which are essentially vinyl re-packages, this one contains proper re-masterings and provides great value for anyone who enjoys the folk-rock experience.
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I still dig Peter, Paul & Mary February 4, 2006
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When reviewing PP&M's other 'Best of' CD (10 Years Together), I advised that this 'Very Best of' CD is better value, and I stand by that. It has solo efforts by each of the trio, including Noel (Paul) Stookey's very fine The Wedding Song (There is Love). It has all the tracks that the other CD has, plus 12 more. That's almost twice as many. So this is very definitely the one to go for.

Today's listeners might prefer to hear some of these songs from the writers themselves - Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, John Denver - rather than these covers. At the time, we preferred the sweet tones of PP&M. They did a lot to start the careers of Dylan and Denver.

As a cultural phenomenon, the 60s didn't really get going until 1963 or 64, so PP&M anticipated this slightly and their early style has much of 50s skiffle in it. This music is the bridge between skiffle and late 60s folk-rock, and between Pete Seeger/Woodie Guthrie social awareness and mid-60s protest songs. It's the genuine article; there is nothing on this album that would be out of place in a folk club.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible songs and hits from Peter, Paul & Mary April 22, 2008
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The Very Best of Peter, Paul & Mary is an impressive CD with twenty-five (yes, twenty-five) wonderful folk rock songs by Peter, Paul & Mary. They sing and play beautifully; and this album proves they were--and still are--extremely talented. The sound quality is excellent and the artwork is very well done.

"Early In The Morning" starts the CD with some great harmonizing and they sing their separate parts well, too. The guitar work is beautiful and Peter, Paul & Mary never sounded better! "Lemon Tree" is a classic folk rock song and this always was one of my very favorite tunes by Peter, Paul & Mary. They sound great and the guitars work well for "Lemon Tree." "If I Had A Hammer" is a song of hope for a better future and a better quality of life than people had in the turbulent 1960s; and these musicians don't ever miss a beat!

"Puff, The Magic Dragon" still manages to tug at my heartstrings even though I first heard it roughly forty years ago; this touching song really is very beautiful. I don't know if the rumors about hidden meanings of the lyrics are true or not; I just like the song for what it is at face value. "This Land Is Your Land" is a stunning ballad that gets the royal treatment from Peter, Paul & Mary who sing this with panache, heart and soul. It's a beautiful and somewhat catchy number that is clearly a major highlight of this album. "Blowin' In The Wind" also stuns me with its beauty; Peter, Paul & Mary sing this to perfection--and beyond! Peter, Paul & Mary cry out for social justice and this all works very well.

"Stewball" was always one of my favorite Peter, Paul & Mary songs even though it wasn't their very biggest hits; this tune about a horse that ran good races is very touching.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loooooooooooooooooooooved listening!
I am a "died in the wool" folkie We popped it into CD player in the car and sang all the way to the airport dropping off a dear friend who joined right in. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Linda Sawyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Music!
I have always loved folk music. Peter, Paul and Mary are one of my all time favorite group and I love all the songs on that CD..
Published 8 days ago by Mary Veale
5.0 out of 5 stars Another well loved group.
I was fortunate to see them in concert a very long time ago and then again on their last tour before Mary's death. Although they had aged, the music was just the same. Read more
Published 15 days ago by dih02840
5.0 out of 5 stars peter paul & mary
The CD is wonderful and I find myself singing to the CD. I had an automobile accident in 2011 and lost all of my old CDs, this one was one of the ones I lost. Read more
Published 17 days ago by rumar
4.0 out of 5 stars Second Best!
I feel that this is their second best but have to have a copy of this one too! Their very best work is "Peter, Paul and Mary in Concert"! Good music! Terrific performers!
Published 22 days ago by Lonni
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of PPM
Always at their best, Peter, Paul, and Mary changed our concerns from pretty music to solid, deep, meaningful protest and reflection. Excellent!
Published 25 days ago by Mary E. Latela
4.0 out of 5 stars mellow out
brings back many old memories of younger days quickly shipped great shape good price best way to buy c d's
Published 26 days ago by bumpyp
5.0 out of 5 stars great overview of their work
best cd I have found for overall listening to them
arrived on time, too. brought back memories, good and bad. Read more
Published 27 days ago by greg
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad In time
I grow up in this time. To me Peter, Paul and Mary communicated what we believed the future should be. A future of peace, love, good will with no war. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Bill L. Gibbs
3.0 out of 5 stars Great music
Unfortunately I doubt this item was new either. Also the case was broken. I'm a big fan of folk music.
Published 1 month ago by Katherine S.
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