ALBUM OF THE DAY
Mary Travers, Morning Glory (1972)
"This is my song
Oh gods of all the nations
This is my home
A country where my heart is”
-Song of Peace (Finlandia)
This is the second solo album that Mary Travers released after Peter, Paul, and Mary disbanded in 1970. From what I can tell all three members pursued solo careers, none of which were as successful as their trio. The group’s success usually rested on the strength of the songs they found, including several of Bob Dylan’s, John Denver’s, etc. So conversely, the weakness of this album (to me) is the songs. While none are horrible, none really stand out either. Mary Travers’ voice is excellent and consistent, but the elaborate string arrangements on many of the songs detract from the clarity and quality. No surprise that my favorite track is “Song of Peace,” a simple guitar and voice arrangement of the Finlandia tune. Regardless, Morning Glory is an enjoyable listen, if not incredibly memorable.
Also, I bought this album at Goodwill and was surprised to find a 45 single also tucked into the sleeve. (pictured above) It’s by some dude named Dan Seals.