The Skifflers

Goin' Down to Town

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The Skifflers were a folk quartet consisting of Leon Bibb (working as Lee Charles), Libby Knight, Milt Okun, and Hally Wood. They cut this album for Columbia Records' Epic imprint in 1957. Alas, the label insisted on adding some extra instrumental embellishment that wasn't always appropriate to the material at hand, and the resulting album never found the audience that it might have under ideal conditions. On much of the material, just as one starts to appreciate Leon Bibb's rich baritone or Wood's big-voiced soprano, some bass part or other percussion that doesn't belong in the song pops up to spoil the effect. Not all of the album is flawed in this way, but enough of it is to make it "guilty with an explanation." Parts of this material were reissued twice during the '60s in somewhat different configurations and song lineups, as Hootenanny with the Skifflers and Folk Songs.