The Brothers Four

Brothers Four/B.M.O.C.

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The two most accessible studio LPs by the Brothers Four slot together perfectly, and are ideal artifacts of their era: upbeat and enjoyable (and totally inauthentic) presentations of folk songs and folk-type songs. The debut album is weighted just a bit toward novelty-type tunes -- or at least folk material done in the style of novelty tunes -- such as "The Zulu Warrior" and "Sama Kama Wacky Brown," and calypso. B.M.O.C.'s 12 songs are more diverse and sung with greater subtlety and sophistication, and constitute the group's best work on album. The range of material on this disc (which includes the hits "Greenfields" and "The Green Leaves of Summer") makes this an excellent alternative to either the best-of or the greatest hits collection released on the group.

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