Archives Alive – What’s New That Old: Peter, Paul & Mary, Go-Betweens, Love, Old ’97’s and more

When I was a kid, one of my main introductions to folk music was Peter, Paul & Mary. Sure there was Puff the Magic Dragon, but there was a Big Blue Frog, Stewball the race horse, Freight Trains, Rocky Roads and of course the songs of Mr. Bob Dylan. So, I still have fond feeling for PP&M. This winter, they are celebrating 50 years of music making, with a PBS documentary, a coffee table book and a new live CD, Discovered. Coming out on Rhino, Oct 20, it is a 13 song set of live recordings done in the ’80s and ’90s and only one of the songs has previously been released.


In other archival news:

G Stands For Go-Betweens Volume One is a grand anthology chronicling one of the most literate bands to come out of the Australian music scene of the ’80’s. This 4 CD + 4 LP set covers the Go-Betweens‘ early days (1978-84) which includes their first 3 albums and a treasury of demos, radio recordings and other extras. The band was formed by Robert Forster (not the American actor) and the late Grant McLennan and basically anything with their name on it is worth checking out.

Omnivore Recordings salutes the 20th anniversary of the Old 97’s debut, Hitchhike To Rhome (doesn’t that make you want to sing out “Doreen”?). This special 2-CD set, Nov. 17,  includes sweet dozen previously unreleased tracks. The Old 97′s are also represented on the Bloodshot anniversary set, with Limbeck covering “Sound of Running” on their glorious 2-CD set While No One Was Looking.

On Nov. 11, High Moon Records will offer the first official CD release of Love‘s Black Beauty. This 1973 album from the influential L.A. band only received its initial release on vinyl in 2012 by High Moon and now they are putting out on CD with some bonus material. Next year, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture will have an exhibit on the band.

Earlier this month, Smithsonian Folkways reissued an innovative collection celebrating the 75th anniversary of the end of the Spanish Civil War. Songs of the Spanish Civil War combines two early ’60s albums (Songs of the Spanish Civil War Vol. 1 & 2) is a multicultural, multilingual set of tunes, featuring contributions from Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.

The Dust To Digital label has a 2-CD set that features the legendary Alan Lomax recordings and photographs from the infamous Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman. The elaborate Parchman Farm box includes 77 photographs and 44 recordings.

About Michael Berick

I am a longtime writer, and lover, of music and pop culture. I have written for Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Scene and more places (that I wouldn't take up more of your time mentioning now).
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