Artist: Peter, Paul & Mary
Title: In Concert
Label: Warner Bros
Musicians: Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey, Mary Travers, Richard Kniss – Bass
Producer: Albert B Grossman & John Court
Engineer: Lowell Frank
Manager Albert Grossman created Peter, Paul and Mary in 1961, after auditioning several singers in the New York folk scene, including Dave Van Ronk, who was rejected as too idiosyncratic and uncommercial. After rehearsing Yarrow, Stookey and Travers out of town in Boston and Miami, Grossman booked them into The Bitter End, a coffee house, nightclub and popular folk music venue in New York City’s Greenwich Village.
They recorded their debut album, Peter, Paul and Mary, the following year and the rest is history.
If you like Peter, Paul & Mary, this is a live LP that you must include in your collection. It’s a compilation of concerts recorded in San Francisco CA, Long Beach CA, Daytona Beach, FL & Terre Haute IN. However, the way it was put together makes it seem like one big concert. Really well done.
This is a double live LP and so I am not going to go through the tracks, it would take too long and each is so good that it defies any comments. They, like the Mamas and Papas and a few other groups are an example of unbridled excellent musicianship and talent. Remember, PP&M and Mamas and Papas and all those groups were doing music long before the invention of Autotune and digital trickery. What you heard is what you got, real harmonies, real ability to sing, etc. It is often said that PP&M live concerts are superior to their studio LPs. This live LP is no exception.
This LP was digitally re-mixed and re-mastered and released on CD in 1989, but don’t bother getting it. The vinyl is better and the LP did not need re-mixing anyway. The sound quality on the vinyl LP is very good,especially for a live concert. You can hear everything and you do get the sense of being there with almost no effort required.
There is no footage from the concerts that make up this LP, but I am posting some from the anniversary concert (proving they still had it ).
Tell me again music is not that meaningful when 50 years later we still get this :