Artist: Peter, Paul & Mary
Title: Album 1700
Released: Original 1967, mine is a 1970 pressing
Musicians:Peter Yarrow – vocals, guitar, Noel “Paul” Stookey – vocals, guitar
Mary Travers – vocals
Producer:Al Grossman & Milton Okun
Engineer: Phil Ramone
Album 1700 is the seventh studio album by the American folk music trio Peter, Paul & Mary, released in 1967. It produced the band’s most successful and final hit — “Leaving on a Jet Plane” (a John Denver composition). Album 1700 was so named because its original LP issue was Warner Bros. Records catalog# W-1700 for the mono version and WS-1700 for the stereo version.
This LP is full of good songs. The version I have is stereo and I’m not sure how it was done, but it was not done well. Everything was checked on my end and no matter what I did the left channel was always stronger than the right and the mix is a bit bass heavy. It’s too bad, because this is one of their better LPs. I don’t think it is the pressing due to the fact that I did not hear anything indicative of a bad pressing.
Rolling Home: This was written by Eric Andersen who has written songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Linda Ronstadt, the Grateful Dead and many others. This is a fast pace, enjoyable folk song with great lyrics.
Leaving On A Jet Plane: This song was written by John Denver and was a big hit for the trio. The original title of the song was “Babe, I Hate to Go” but Denver’s then producer Milt Okun convinced him to change the title.
The song was initially recorded in 1966 by John Denver with the title “Babe, I Hate to Go.” That same year, Denver chose this song along with fifteen others and, with his own money, had 250 copies pressed on vinyl. He distributed the copies to friends and family. Vocal group Peter, Paul and Mary were so impressed with the song that they chose to record it themselves and released it on their 1967 Album 1700.
Weep For Jamie: This is a sad song and not one of my favorites, pretty much the worst on the LP in my opinion
No Other Name: This is a beautiful song featuring Mary’s vocals.
The House Song: This is a song I have heard before by others and it’s a great song, but I have also heard it better done than here.
The Great Mandella (The Wheel Of Life): To me, this is an anti-war song with interesting thought-provoking lyrics
I Dig Rock And Roll Music: This is one of my favorites and a fun song. The lyrics also mention the Mamas & Papas, one of my favorite all time artists. At one point either Peter Yarrow or Paul Stooky most likely impersonates Donovan and one of The Beatles too. In fact, the song parodies and satirizes the vocal style of the Mamas & the Papas in the first verse, Donovan in the second verse and the Beatles in the third verse.
The line about Donovan and “his crystal images” refers to the mention of “crystal spectacles” in “Epistle to Dippy”. The song is also noted for its psychedelic feedback effects, miming the volume swell on the electric guitar from Donovan’s 1966 song “Sunshine Superman”. The backing vocal effect in the verse, parodying the Beatles, reflects “Yellow Submarine” and “All You Need is Love”.
If I Had Wings: Just a great song in all ways, one of my favorites on the LP.
I’m In Love With A Big Blue Frog: Just a silly song with sound effects
Whatshername: This is a lounge singer style song with kind of funny lyrics.
Bob Dylan’s Dream: This is classic Peter, Paul & Mary and as it turns out this is a song written by Bob Dylan in 1963. It was recorded by Dylan on April 24, 1963, and was released by Columbia Records a month later on the album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.
The Song Is Love: This closer features Mary’s vocals again and has great structure and kind of a Joan Baez flavor. Another one of my favorite songs on the LP.