The Platinum Collection

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Review Text This Peter, Paul & Mary compilation is something of a head-scratcher. Apparently, Swissteo Music International, the credited company that produced it, licensed the material from Warner Bros. Records (although that is not stated on the package) for release outside the U.S. (The shrink-wrap bears the legend "Made in Singapore.") The collection is generous, with 25 tracks and a running time of nearly 78 minutes, and the jewel box comes within a cardboard cover that also includes a large booklet featuring song lyrics. It's the song selection that's suspect. Among the tracks are six of the 12 songs from the trio's 1962 debut album, Peter, Paul & Mary; eight of 12 from their second album, Moving; and, skipping ahead a quarter century, seven of ten from 1986's No Easy Walk to Freedom. Of the remaining four tracks, "Blowin' in the Wind" and "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" are from In the Wind, "Leaving on a Jet Plane" is from Album 1700, and "Forever Young" is from Reunion. The trio's other albums are completely ignored. The U.S. Top 40 hits "Stewball," "Tell It on the Mountain," "I Dig Rock and Roll Music," "Too Much of Nothing," and "Day Is Done" are all missing, along with other memorable songs the group recorded in the mid- and late '60s. Although Peter, Paul & Mary are consistent enough performers that practically any 25 tracks drawn from their recordings would make for a satisfying listening experience, this collection is peculiarly unbalanced. Fans, however, may want it just for "Forever Young" (billed in a marketing gimmick as a "bonus track"), if only because the trio has resisted converting Reunion to the digital domain and this appears to be its first CD appearance. ~ William Ruhlmann

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Leaving on a Jet Plane - 3:29
  2. 2. 500 Miles (Away from Home) - 3:47
  3. 3. Where Have All the Flowers Gone - 4:57
  4. 4. Puff, the Magic Dragon - 3:28
  5. 5. Lemon Tree - 3:56
  6. 6. If I Had a Hammer - 2:10
  7. 7. This Land Is Your Land - 2:27
  8. 8. Blowin' in the Wind - 3:58
  9. 9. Cruel War - 3:27
  10. 10. Tiny Sparrow - 4:34
  11. 11. I'd Rather Be in Love - 3:57
  12. 12. No Easy Walk to Freedom - 3:44
  13. 13. Early in the Morning - 2:37
  14. 14. Morning Train - 4:37
  15. 15. Weave Me in the Sunshine - 2:19
  16. 16. Settle Down (Goin' Down That Highway) - 2:44
  17. 17. Right Field - 4:33
  18. 18. Light One Candle - 3:02
  19. 19. Salvador - 4:54
  20. 20. Greenwood - 4:59
  21. 21. Big Boat - 3:41
  22. 22. Soalin' - 3:15
  23. 23. Flora - 3:08
  24. 24. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right - 3:14
  25. 25. Forever Young - 5:46

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10/11/05 

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