Peter, Paul and Mary

Weave Me the Sunshine [RKO]

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Weave Me the Sunshine is the 1999 issue of a set of recordings made in the mid-'80s during Peter, Paul and Mary's reunion years working the folk nostalgia circuit. As such, it's pleasant but lightweight; there's little spark or emotional investment in these songs. Even on the heavy-handed and overly literal "El Salvador," the one true protest song included here, the trio sing with offhand precision instead of any kind of passion, as if they're simply going through the motions. There are a handful of nice performances, including the title track and a worthwhile version of Ewan MacColl's standard "Greenland Whale Fisheries," but overall, Weave Me the Sunshine is strictly for hardcore fans, and even they might be disappointed.

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