October 20, 2008



Three-CD Boxed Set Rediscovers the First Solo Albums
Recorded by Each Member of the Renowned Folk Trio

Available Exclusively At Barnes & Noble November 18


LOS ANGELES — After nearly a decade together—and at the height of the trio’s popularity—Peter, Paul and Mary agreed to go their separate ways in 1970. Before reuniting in 1978, Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey and Mary Travers each recorded several solo albums that took them in new and sometimes unexpected directions. Each is worthy of rediscovery, so Rhino has assembled a three-CD boxed set that brings together remastered versions of each artist’s first solo album. On November 18, THE SOLO RECORDINGS (1971-1972) will be available exclusively at all Barnes & Noble stores, and Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com), for a suggested list price of $29.98.


Travers released Mary in February 1971. The 12-song album combined a folk-based sound with elegant production touches and a diverse choice in material. Travers kicked things off with a buoyant new version of “The Song Is Love,” a tune first heard on Peter, Paul and Mary’s Album 1700. John Denver, who wrote several songs on the album, wrote the album’s first single, “Follow Me.” Mary also features songs written by Elton John/Bernie Taupin (“Indian Sunset”) and Paul Simon (“Song For The Asking”).


Released a few months later in June 1971, the slyly titled Paul and had a homegrown country/folk/rock feel to it, infused with funky licks and good humor. Stookey’s Christian faith was a reoccurring theme throughout, as evidenced by the opening track, a cover of Arlo Guthrie’s “Gabriel’s Mother’s Hiway Ballad #16 Blues.” Without a doubt, the most famous track is “Wedding Song,” a lovingly-offered celebration of matrimony that has become a nuptial classic. The 12-song album also contains “Sebastian,” “Give A Damn,” and the rocking “Been On The Road Too Long.”


Yarrow released Peter in February 1972. The 12-song, acoustic-based album was recorded at Bearsville Studios near Woodstock, New York. Among the outstanding players recruited were guitarist John Till, formerly with Janis Joplin's Full Tilt Boogie Band, Paul Butterfield, as well as Rick Danko, Levon Helm and Garth Hudson from The Band. The visceral, sometimes confessional nature of Yarrow's original songs was matched by a sparse production approach on such songs as “Wings Of Time,” “River Of Jordan,” and “Greenwood.” The album includes one of Yarrow’s best, “Tall Pine Trees.” Yarrow recalls Patti Smith—who was in the studio in the role of journalist—broke into tears after hearing a playback of this song.


Going the solo route allowed Peter, Paul and Mary to make music uniquely their own. It also helped them discover what they valued most in each other and how to work together more harmoniously. For these three old friends and allies in the Good Fight, a little time away led to a deeper unity down the road.




1. River Of Jordan
2. Mary Beth
3. Goodbye Josh
4. Take Off Your Mask
5. Wings Of Time
6. Don’t Ever Take Away My Freedom
7. Side Road
8. Tall Pine Trees
9. Greenwood
10. Beautiful City
11. Plato’s Song
12. Weave Me The Sunshine

Paul and

1. Gabriel’s Mother’s Hiway Ballad #16 Blues
2. Been On The Road Too Long
3. Hey Sad Sack
4. Wedding Song (There Is Love)
5. Meanings Will Change
6. Give A Damn
7. Sebastian
8. Lucy
9. Ju Les Ver Negre En Che Ese (Ed’s Tune)
10. Tiger
11. Tender Hands
12. John Henry Bosworth


1. The Song Is Love
2. I Guess He’d Rather Be In Colorado
3. Children One And All
4. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
5. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
6. Erika With The Windy Yellow Hair
7. Rhymes And Reasons
8. Follow Me
9. On The Path Of Glory (La Colline Au Whisky)
10. Circus
11. Song For The Asking
12. Indian Sunset