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Album Review

Rally 'Round the Brothers Four, the folk quartet's non-charting second album, contains the minor hit "My Tane," sometimes spelled "My Tani," their ill-fated follow-up to "Greenfields." The album contains a typical assortment of seafaring songs, traditional folk songs, and novelties. Despite the acoustic instrumentation and folk material, the arrangements frequently incorporate pop music devices such as modulating up a semitone or shifting from minor to major keys. In 1960, commercial folk groups in rapidly increasing numbers were recording many of the same songs, but the Brothers Four at least put their own stamp on tried and true repertoire like "Follow the Drinking Gourd" and "Beneath the Willow." Some of the group's later albums, on which they worked with less obvious material, are superior to the comparatively nondescript Rally 'Round the Brothers Four.

Biography

Formed: 1958 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Traditional Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Brothers Four bear a distinction as one of the longest surviving groups of the late-'50s/early-'60s folk revival and perhaps the longest running "accidental" music act in history — 43 years and counting as of 2001, without any break and with two original members still in the fold. If few recognize that distinction, then it's because...
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