Peter, Paul And Mary If I Had A Hammer: The Legend Begins on 180g Import LP
No American folk group lasted longer or amassed a more loyal following than Peter, Paul and Mary. Few groups of any genre logged more years or miles in direct, yearly touring; spreading the message and engaging generations. During their now legendary career, the trio won five Grammy's, produced 13 Top 40 hits, of which 6 ascended into the Top 10 - as well as eight gold and five platinum albums.
Peter, Paul and Mary's self-titled 1962 debut on Warner Bros, is a stunning oasis of content in a sea of musical fluff, which brought folk music of consciousness and concern to the top of the charts. Fueled by the enormous hits "Lemon Tree" and "If I Had a Hammer" (which enjoyed a second life as an anthem of the Civil Rights Movement), the album went straight to No. 1, remaining in the Billboard Top 10 for 10 months and in the Top 20 for two years on the way to a remarkable three-and-a-half year run on the album chart.
The If I Had A Hammer: The Legend Begins collection presents the original 12-tracks from Peter, Paul And Mary's first album along with the three early single recordings: "Big Boat" (45 Version), "Tiny Sparrow" (45 Version) and "Gone The Rainbow" (45 Version).