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The People's Victory Orchestra and Chorus

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Little is known about the PVO other than that they were an early ’70s Long Island-based group who highly valued their anonymity. The words “hippie” and “commune” are frequently used on those rare occasions when their name comes up.

Information about their personnel is virtually nonexistent, and no one seems to know anybody who was affiliated with the band or what else these people may have done.

They recorded and self-released three albums over the course of the 1970s, but even the dates of their release aren’t known for sure.

What is known, however, is that their first two records — The School and Weltschmerzen — were released in either 1971, 1972, or 1973, though which one was released first and in exactly which year seems to be up for debate. Each album had a different address in Queens, NY. There was also a non-LP 45 with a puicture sleeve, although not of the musicians, called “Oh, Happy Birthday” released in the mid-’70s as well; it was arguably the most commercial-sounding recording they made to that point. Their third album, Victory Gardens, was released in 1979, perhaps posthumously, and again on their own People’s Music Works imprint.

Within the small following of the PVO today, much speculation remains as to who these people were.

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  • Breadspace

    Neato!

    26 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Nemoflow

    Amazing...simply amazing! ♥ ♥

    16 Aug 2010 Reply
  • epw8

    i recently found a stack of albums at my house and one of them is Weltschmerzen by the People's Victory Orchestra and Chorus and it is still sealed mint condition. does ne one know where i can find more info on its value?

    31 May 2009 Reply
  • BetsyFreakoutWo

    Amazing stuff - listen to Must I Go Back to Mother Again about five times. Some lyrics are When it's daylight savings time, and my watch it says five of nine/ Who's gonna set me straight...it's five of eight? Is it you, Jenny or Jen, or must I go back to mother again? The guy's voice is perfect and the musicianship is high. They're a riot! Rockaway Beach is also amazing - very Beach Boys.

    26 Mar 2007 Reply

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