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Album 1700

Paul & Mary Peter Audio CD
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1. Rolling Home
2. Leaving On A Jet Plane
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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
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11. Bob Dylan's Dream
12. The Song Is Love

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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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No Description AvailableNo Track Information AvailableMedia Type: CDArtist: PETER PAUL & MARYTitle: ALBUM 1700Street Release Date: 07/23/1991DomesticGenre: FOLK

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5.0 out of 5 stars Album 1700, Peter, Paul & Mary Sept. 11 2009
Format:Audio CD
Album 1700
Album 1700 by Peter, Paul & Mary is simply another great music sample by this great American folk trio of iconic artists. Their fame exists because of the energy, style and professionalism that they exhibit on every album they perform and this album is no exception. You may find songs that you particularily enjoy over others, but I personally can't find a song that isn't well worth the listen. Enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Making a Statement Aug. 30 2002
By Cara
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite PP&M album May 3 2002
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"The House Song" is my all time favotite song by them, yes they wrote it. What makes it great is the complete lack of any frivoluos songs. This is the second must have album, along with "Live", in the entire PP&M catalogue. 'I Dig Rock and Roll' and 'Big Blue Frog' are probably the best "pop" songs they sang, but this album is as close as you are going to get to their best studio album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest PPM album Sept. 2 2001
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Patchy Sept. 1 2001
By A Customer
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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