Peter, Paul And Mary - Lifelines

Sunday 1st October 1995
Peter, Paul And Mary - Lifelines

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Warner Alliance 9362458512

Reviewed by Chris Tozer

Back in the 60s P,P&M were easily the best known American folk group with hits that ranged from "Puff The Magic Dragon" to "Blowin' In The Wind". The group's demise followed Paul's backstage conversion and as Noel Paul Stookey he recorded a fine batch of gospel albums throughout the 70s and beyond. Now back together, the original trio have recorded a diverse selection of songs old and new with guests including Judy Collins and Carly Simon. Alongside songs of wistful optimism you'll find a strong Christian influence that ranges from the traditional "Oh Sinner Man" through to "24 Green Street" - a song about mending relationships from the pen of CCM's own John Fischer. The ultimate gem and my nomination for song of the year has to be Noel Paul's "For The Love Of It AH", on which he duets with Emmylou Harris. From creation to redemption they chart the impact of the one called Love - "A man on a cross paid the ultimate cost for the Love of it all." The chances of a solo Stookey album in the 90s must be slim whilst the reformed group are riding the wave of American nostalgia. Meanwhile, here's enough to whet your appetite.

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