on December 12, 2012
Received this today and just finished listening to both discs................Until now these recordings were never released in the US. After hearing them I am so glad I get to listen to them now.
Most all the songs will be very familiar to long time devotees of this group. These Cd's sound great............they are clear as a bell, the soundstage is very impressive, and they do not sound tinny like many live recordings made in the 60's. The stand up bass is very well recorded and can be heard nicely with no equalization.
I had the good fortune to see 3 concerts by this group in the mid 60's................In spite of the folk purists who look down their noses at groups like PP and M, they were GREAT entertainers who chose their material well and sang and played with technical precision and soulful presentation. For me the highlights of this set are Paul's magnificent rendition of the Dylan masterpiece Don't Think Twice It's Alright and the exuberant in-your-face performance of If I Had My Way.
For fans of the group this a no brainer to give it 5 stars and the highest possible recommendation.
As fans already know, this is a two disc set of the 1967 single album, "Deluxe: Live In Japan", which is still available from Amazon for a lot of money. This double disc set celebrates Japan's PPM's 50th Anniversary, with extra tracks from the same concert, at Kousei Nenkin Hall in Tokyo. The sound has been remastered and is very good. The voices are clean, strong, and crisp, and the guitars ring out, and the bass (played by Richard Kniss) holds the bottom end together perfectly. The 15 page booklet contains an informative essay on PPM in Japan, and several b&w photos of the trio. Also included is an excerpt from the original album's liner notes, along with pertinent song and recording information. One thing I did wonder about is that all the tunes on the two discs (38,39 minutes each approximately) could've fit onto one disc-so why two separate discs? To make more money? But that's really a minor quibble, because the music and the performances are of such high quality.
This set is, in some ways, even better than the group's earlier "In Concert" album. The feel of the songs have a sense of immediateness and almost an urgency to them. The group had been involved in the (mid 60's) racial movement, and now (1967) was just beginning to get behind the Vietnam War protests movement that was just really beginning to coalesce into a true movement. Perhaps it's because I'm from that whole Vietnam era, but the group's voices have an even more committed, serious tone to them.
Picking highlights is pretty difficult. Paul Stookey's "No Other Name", sung by Mary Travers, is an early highpoint, as is Fred Neil's (check out his albums) "The Other Side Of This Life", a tune recorded by many 60's groups (Jefferson Airplane comes immediately to mind), which the trio handle with their usual great blending of voices. "Paul Talk" (Japanese Version), is Stookey's goofy sound effects taken from his impressions of Japan. This was always a crowd-pleaser, and here the audience eats it up. Stookey uses a Japanese interpreter who explains his impressions. Folk purists will turn their noses up here, but it was a good look into the relative innocence of the era. "This Land Is your Land" is also performed with more seriousness than sometimes heard, and is another great performance.
A number of the group's "hits" and better tunes are here, including "Puff, The Magic Dragon", Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" and "When The Ship Comes In", Pete Seeger's "If I Had A Hammer" and, Hedy West's "500 Miles" (wow!), "Lemon Tree", the great Jesse Fuller's "San Francisco Bay Blues" (check out his albums as well), and a number of other good songs by Dylan, Seeger, Hamilton Camp, and others.
Suffice to say that any fan of PPM will want this set. It can easily sit next to any other live album the group released, and is a good example of just one of the genres of music popular during the late 60's era. For those who remember that time, this will take you back a few years. And if you weren't lucky enough to be around when all this great music was happening, this is another good example of that whole era. This is well worth seeking out for the wonderful vocals, the fine songs from various artists, and the great performance of Peter, Paul, and Mary.
on January 13, 2013
This is an extraordinary album, recorded live 45 years ago! Peter Paul and Mary displayed amazing harmonies on their studio albums, and this live album proves they could do it on stage as well. Their live stuff was always immediate and exciting. Guitar work is superb, and a special mention must be made of Dick Kniss' bass playing. If you are a PPM fan, you simply must have this album.
on December 13, 2012
As a long time fan of Peter, Paul and Mary I am glad another Live Concert album has finally been released. Like many of the folk groups of the time, they sound as great live as they did in the studio.
The concert includes 8 songs from their newest album "Album" and an interesting blues instrumental track "Serge's Blues" as well as many of their old standards. The sound quality is very good.
To answer an earlier reviewer, I am guessing that the intent of the manufacturer (Rhino) was to release the album as it was first offered on vinyl (CD 1) and also to include the other songs omitted from the original album (CD 2). Why the original vinyl album wasn't a double set like the earlier "In Concert" album is a mystery to me.
So if you liked the original PP&M "In Concert" album, you'll love this. So go out and buy it!
on May 8, 2015
After listening to PP&M's first album back in 1962, I decided to learn to play guitar so I could play this music. To this day, I still play and enjoy primarily playing this trio's music. They were my inspiration, and through the years I have seen many of their live performances, bringing along children as the time passed.
This live recording from 1967 captures Peter, Paul and Mary at their best, and the recording contains many of my favorite tunes. If you love these guys, get this collection.
My only complaint is that the audience applause is WAY too loud in the mix. When you get done listening to one of these classic tunes, the last thing you want to do is to turn down the volume because the applause is exceedingly loud. Then you have to turn the volume up to listen to the next song.
on April 25, 2015
The wonderful Folk Music which I grew up with. In fact, I was there in Japan at this concert when it was recorded. I was a patient at the military hospital at Zama, Japan after being wounded during my second Vietnam tour, and was taken to the concert by a beautiful nurse who had assisted in my surgery, and who became a close friend.
on January 11, 2013
Having been a fan for many years, this discovery shows how good they were to achieve such a great result, live, 45 years ago, with only three track recording equipment.
I doubt if (m)any current acts could achieve this result live - even with the advantage of all the gear we now have available.
And it sound so fresh!!!!!!!!
I think this recording is better than their "In Concert" double album, released back in the time when this was recorded.
If you don't have any thing of their recordings - and I have them all - this is the one to get!!!!!!
on May 19, 2013
Best of PPM, live, 1967. It really does not get better than this when it comes to concert recordings, and the fact that there is more music here than what was released originally in 1967 [in Japan only] is icing on what was already a delicious cake for your ear buds.