Folk & Folk-Rock Collection

Peter Yarrow - Hard Times album cover

Peter Yarrow is best known as one-third of the '60s folk group Peter, Paul and Mary. However, too few people are aware that he also had some success as a solo artist and that he has four solo albums to his credit. This one is his best, in my humble opinion, and is in fact my all-time favorite of everything in my collection. An album with a Depression era theme, it has one of the most unique interpretations of the song Buddy, Can You Spare A Dime? that I have ever heard.

The song begins with a melancholy air and a slow tempo that conveys the feeling of desperation that was the Great Depression. As he begins thinking about happier times ("Once in khaki suits / Gee, we looked swell / Full of that Yankee-doodle-de-dum") the tempo picks up with a distinctive drum roll, and the song becomes more light-hearted. Then as the reality of his situation sets in, the song once again assumes the same slow and sad feeling it began with. Listen to it if you get a chance and you'll see what I mean.

Folk & Folk-Rock Collection
Artist Name Album Title Format
The Brothers Four Greatest Hits CD-R
Jim Croce Jim Croce: The Definitive Collection (Disc 1) CD
Jim Croce Jim Croce: The Definitive Collection (Disc 2) CD
Crosby, Stills and Nash Acoustic (Disc 1) CD-R
Crosby, Stills and Nash Acoustic (Disc 2) CD-R
Crosby, Stills and Nash The Acoustic Concert DVD
Crosby, Stills and Nash C.S.N. (Disc 1) CD
Crosby, Stills and Nash C.S.N. (Disc 2) CD
Crosby, Stills and Nash C.S.N. (Disc 3) CD
Crosby, Stills and Nash C.S.N. (Disc 4) CD
John Denver An Evening with John Denver CD
John Denver Greatest Hits CD
John Fogerty Premonition CD
Jerry Garcia and David Grisman Shady Grove CD
Jerry Garcia / David Grisman / Tony Rice The Pizza Tapes CD
Art Garfunkel Across America DVD
Nanci Griffith Once In A Very Blue Moon CD
Nanci Griffith Other Voices, Other Rooms CD
Carole King Tapestry CD
The New Seekers Greatest Hits CD
 
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