Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Peter, Paul & Mary

  • Reunion [Warner Bros., 1978] D+
  • The Very Best of Peter Paul and Mary [Warner Bros./Rhino, 2005] C+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Reunion [Warner Bros., 1978]
To turn "Forever Young" into the post-hippie "My Way," the way Dylan does, just means you've become a showbiz reprobate. To turn it into a rinky-dink reggae like these three geezers means you've been middle-aged and liberal since you were fifteen. D+

The Very Best of Peter Paul and Mary [Warner Bros./Rhino, 2005]
The Seeger song, not to mention the Dylan songs, no longer require introductions; neither does the John Denver song. And although the pained compassion of "El Salvador" won't make you root for the bad guys, it won't make you root for the good guys either. Hey, at least my high school pal Lenny Lipton will make a few more bucks off "Puff, the Magic Dragon," which I am dead certain is not about pot. C+

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Everything Rocks and Nothing Ever Dies [1990s]