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Album 1700

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 1 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Music Canada - Special Imports
  • ASIN: B000002KAI
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
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1. Rolling Home
2. Leaving On A Jet Plane
3. Weep For Jamie
4. No Other Name
5. The House Song
6. The Great Mandella (The Wheel Of Life)
7. I Dig Rock And Roll Music
8. If I Had Wings
9. I'm In Love With A Big Blue Frog
10. Whatshername
11. Bob Dylan's Dream
12. The Song Is Love

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Certified Platinum by the RIAA. (9/01)

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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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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By A Customer on Sept. 1 2001
Format: Audio CD
As with most of PP&M's original albums, save their debut album, this is an extremely uneven release. Album 1700 feels that way even moreso than some of their previous albums, if one takes into account that this was released in 1967 and was therefore almost entirely out of step with the musical trends of that time.
The good songs recall earlier PP&M: The smash hit version of John Denver's "Leavin' On A Jet Plane" is, of course, a simple, melodic folk tune with guitar accompaniment, in the vein of their earlier songs. "Bob Dylan's Dream" is a great version of that song from Dylan's Freewheelin' album, and again it sounds like it could have fit on PP&M's debut album.
Most of the other songs sit uncomfortably between PP&M's seeming desire to hold onto old styles while gaining a grudging recognition that the times, indeed, *were* changing. So, you have pseudo-hippie-philosophy clinkers like "The Great Mandala" in the mix. Maudlin downers like "Weep for Jamie" don't help much either.
The grudging recognition of changing times is also represented in a petty attack on rock and roll, "I Dig Rock and Roll Music," which has lyrics that lash out at what they perceived as rock's shallowness, and the way that the rock lyrics of the time sometimes coyly couched their meanings in elliptical or mystical language -- "laying it between the lines." It was presented as almost a parody of the Mamas and the Papas, and now especially in hindsight, it feels like a very misguided move by people that were being dragged kicking and screaming into the new age, and just didn't "get it."
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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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