early 1980, with the availability of portable studio-quality
recording equipment, Peter, Paul and Mary
began to record and archive their concerts. The opportunity to
critique the performances and tweak the arrangements
while on the road was invaluable — and in most cases, the songs
they sang onstage appeared on their albums.
however, never made the transition to the recording studio. They
were highly deserving, but just
didn’t fit into the sound and flow of the studio album the trio
was working on at the time. Thought
better suited for a live performance record, these songs were set
aside, waiting for the next "in-concert" album
to be released.
the decades since these live recordings were created, the tapes were
carefully stored in a safe, temperature-controlled
environment, but were, for all intents and purposes, forgotten.
However, in 2004, while searching for an in-performance song to
supplement those already chosen for the group’s boxed set, Carry
the trio was delightfully surprised with the recording quality and
onstage energy of these performances, and began to consider the
possibility of creating an "in-concert" album from these
live mixes were amazing, due to the remarkable skill and artistry of
the sound designer/engineer, Dave Tkachuk, who, since 1978, had
traveled with the group. Further encouragement and hands-on help
provided by two long-standing fans, Paul Kehoe and David LaPlante
(coincidently the luthier of Noel Paul’s guitars), who suggested
particular titles and contributed considerable time to the initial
listening and cataloging required to sort through the myriad of
original digital audio tapes.
was wonderful and unusual, considering today’s technological world
of multi-track recording, was that these songs stood up as whole,
uninterrupted performances that needed no additional sounds or
instrumentation, or re-do’s on the vocals. Like the "good old
days" in the studio when a performance was what you had,
take it or leave it, the immediate chemistry of the moment was
authentic, real and unadorned by later frills or fixes. And so the
spirit of Peter, Paul and Mary — the fun, the silliness, their
love and respect for each other, and
their mutually held convictions — are immediately recognizable as
the heart of this new album, Discovered.
a celebration of shared history, this year, 2014, the trio is
releasing several legacy pieces. One is a book
Paul And Mary: Fifty Years In Music And Life that,
through images and a narrative that combines
all of their voices, highlights their personal stories as well as
their creative moments and social/political advocacies. Also, this
holiday season, 2014, a new PBS special called 50
Years With Peter, Paul And Mary will
be released that focuses on their early years together, including
their meeting in Greenwich Village; performances videotaped (in
stunning black and white) by BBC TV in England; their advocacy trips
from El Salvador/Nicaragua to the strawberry fields of California;
excerpts from Mary Travers’ uplifting memorial service at
Riverside Church in Manhattan following her passing in 2009; and the
continuing legacy of activism carried on in the work of Noel, Peter
and their families.
addition and presented here, are thirteen new songs and an album,
appropriately named Discovered.
Only "Mi Caballo Blanco" has appeared on any of the trio’s
and that one, only on the boxed set. Song titles such as
"Midnight Special," "Give Yourself To Love" and
"You Can Tell The World" might be remembered by audiences
the group’s concerts in the ’80s and ’90s. A veritable who’s
who of songwriting talent — Buddy Mondlock, David Wilcox and Steve
Seskin, to name a few — are among the authors contributing to this
collection of songs. The lighter side of PP&M’s onstage
persona is represented in the zany performances of "Parallel
Universe" and "Little Ship."
many ways, the performing life of Peter, Paul and Mary has been like
a long love letter, written with affection and expressing shared
hopes with their audiences, many of whom have become life-long
friends. Perhaps then, this collection is a "postscript"
of sorts: an ongoing wish that these "discovered" songs
might add to a mutual celebration of a career that lasted nearly 50
and Archival Assistance: David LaPlante, Paul Kehoe, David Snyder
Direction and Cover Design: Maria Villar
Photo: Robert Corwin
Photo: Sylvia Plachy
Photos: Sally Farr and Pete Rosen (Arms Race)
Assistance: Susanne Savage, Kate Dear, Linda Kalkin-Bermont and
We’d like to thank our wonderful PPM crew during this period of
time — our beloved bass player, Dick Kniss;
the incomparable Paul Prestopino on dobro, lead guitar, harmonica,
banjo and mandolin; Shelley Belusar,
our tour manager and lighting designer, who kept us moving in the
right direction; and Dave Tkachuk,
sound engineer extraordinaire!
Special thanks also go to: Kris Ahrend, Tony Arancio, Michael
Buchanan, Jason Elzy, Sally Farr, Kevin Gore, John Hughes, Rachel
Jackson, Peter Laird, Hugh McIntyre, Mark Pinkus and Doran Tyson.
PPM Management: Walkstreet Management, Martha Hertzberg