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Certified Platinum by the RIAA. (9/01)

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By 1967, Peter, Paul & Mary were fighting to stay relevant. Toward that end, Album 1700 was not unsuccessful, yielding not only their final hit single (and only No. 1), "Leaving on a Jet Plane," but graceful folk-rock trappings for their repertoire of originals and covers by, among others, Bob Dylan and Eric Anderson. Elsewhere, the strain is showing, down to the ersatz Dylan poetics that serve as liner notes, and especially "I Dig Rock and Roll Music." At once pandering and sarcastic, Peter Paul & Mary name-check (and imitate!) their idea of rock's pantheon: the Beatles (naturally), Donovan, and the Mamas & the Papas. --David Wolf
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  • Audio CD (July 23, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002KAI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,473 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is my favorite Peter, Paul & Mary album; it's one I've listened to my whole life, many, many times. I want to respond to those reviewers who classified Big Blue Frog as a "silly children's song." I hear it as a very clear commentary on inter-racial marriage. "The neighbors are against it and it's clear to me, and it's probably clear to you -- they think value on their property will go right down, if the family next door is blue." As in The Great Mandela (an anti-war song), and I Dig Rock & Roll Music (a parody), PP&M are making a statement, as they did with many of their songs. Another reviewer said they were pop more than folk. While folk music became popular music when the album first came out, they certainly carry on the folk tradition of telling it like it is and taking a stand on issues.
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I have worn out my old vinyl recording of this album. It was always playing on someone's record player in the dorm when I was in college in the '60s. It is an essential album for those in college now to hear, to know that 'The '60s' wasn't ALL about the Beatles. The harmonies of these three extraordinary performers has always held me spellbound i.e. "Rolling Home". The plaintive melody and lyric combination of "Jet Plane" is lovingly handled by the trio. "I Dig" is a marvelous example of PP&M's ability to take a poke at Rock's biggies of the era. My favorite, though, and one of my all-time favorite songs is "Great Mandela". The simplicity of the opening guitar work contrasts strikingly with the opening lyrics which quickly draw you in to this deep, dark song. The trio's harmony becomes jarring as the the song escalates and drives home its emphatic message. Then there is a quiet, almost eery, denouement that leaves you vaguely unsettled afterwards. For those who want to know what living through the controversial era of the Vietnam War was like, this song and its masterful handling by Peter, Paul & Mary is powerful listening.
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What a beautiful colllection of songs.Three of the most important recording artists in popular music.Every song is a gem, there's not a wasted musical moment on this LP.This is a recording that should be listen to on LP -preferably the first pressing.Through the years rock magizines and vain self indulgent musicans with big egos boast there top records of all time-point being if this is not on the top 10 of there list you can rest assure they haven't a clue about what there talking about when it comes to music.
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This is a CD I turn to when I am by myself and I want music in my house. I love their arrangement of Leaving on a Jet Plane. Great Mandala is a classic now, a very different anti-war song.. I Dig Rock & Roll Music is just fun. I think I have grown into understanding If I had Wings. The House Song and What's Her Name are haunting. The Song is Love is a great one to end on.
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At one point in time, American folk music crossed over from the time-frozen traditional--then sold mass-market by Burl Ives--to the more iconoclastic as represented by icon-in-his-own-right Bob Dylan. After awhile, given America's 20th century social upheaval, it was no longer as easy as it once was to care whether or not Jimmy cracked any corn. Peter Paul and Mary lived during both eras and managed to survive in both. This album more than any other represents their "border crossing"--and it contained two of their most popular songs: a faithful rendition of John Denver's "Leaving On a Jet Plane" which I heard years before Denver's own version and "I Dig Rock & Roll Music", a tribute to the Mamas and the Papas, the most successful mixed-gender folk rock group of all time. Despite these two powerful radio hits, however, the most powerful song in here is the antiwar anthem "The Great Mandella", a simple yet dynamic tune about the head-on collision between the World War II generation and the Boomer generation over the Vietnam issue. The beauty of this song is that none of the three verses is "in the voice" of the protester himself as was usually the case with an antiwar song. Verse one is from the viewpoint of his infuriated father, the other two are quasi-journalistic views by society in general of his imprisonment and hunger strike. As Tom Brokaw rhapsodises over "The Greatest Generation", it is easy to forget that this particular generation saw no other practical use for their male issue than as cannon fodder. Very practical--neither we nor the Vietnamese they had sent us over to fight were seen as being worth the powder to blow us to Kingdom Come. And thanks to sound recording (invented well before the birth of either generation), this album with this song on it are still available to set the record straight, Brokaw's efforts notwithstanding.
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1967 will alwys be remembered as the year that a) the Beatles released "Sgt. Pepper's..." b) the Beach Boys released "Pet Sounds". Well, boys and girls, those weren't the only two classic albums released that year: "Surrealistic Pillow" (Jefferson Airplane), "The Velvet Underground and Nico", "Headquarters" (The Monkees), "Are You Experienced" (Jimi Hendrix) and others were all released that year and have their devoted fans. However, the album from that year that spends more time on my turntable (now my CD player) is "Album 1700" by Peter, Paul and Mary. From the cover photo with the group in Bonnie and Clyde drag, you know that this was not going to be a typical 'folkie' album (actually, PP&M were always a pop group and did very few folk songs - ever). From Eric Anderson's "Rolling Home" with Paul Butterfield on the mouth harp to the hit single, "Rock and Roll Music", this album was chock full of good songs and great arrangements. The incrediby strange "Weep for Jamie" and "The Great Mandela" are still covered by coffe house singers and sensitive young people who sing with their eyes closed. Even "Big Blue Frog" has its fans. My favorite track is Paul Stookey's "What's Her Name?", a jazz trio arrangement for voice, nylon string guitar and bass. The only weak track, in my opinion is a cover of "Bob Dylan's Dream", a mediocre song that a great arrangement cannot improve. This album faded quickly from view only to resurface two years later when John Denver's "Leaving on a Jet Plane" became a monster international hit in 1969. A side note: the instrumentation is sparse and low in the mix allowing the vocals to shine (no double-tracking or other studio tricks, either) - no loud anything here. Also, you just gotta love any album from the 60s that has three string bass solos and no guitar solos.Read more ›
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