Greenfields & Other Gold

The Brothers Four

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Greenfields & Other Gold Review

by Bruce Eder

The 20-song Greenfields & Other Gold is comprised of 1990s recordings by the Brothers Four. The voices of the current lineup are smooth and still rather sweet, but the presence of electric bass is a bit off-putting -- if one is going to do this sort of thing, do it right, with an upright. More troubling is the choice of material -- it may clearly be worthwhile reviving the Easy Riders' "Marianne," which is just far enough back in the folk revival to rate new exposure, but covers of standards such as "Walk Right In," "Lemon Tree," "If I Had a Hammer," "Tom Dooley," "The John B. Sails," and "Michael Row the Boat Ashore" aren't about to make anyone forget the hit versions of any of those numbers. Better they should have searched out some lesser-known material from the period that actually needed exposure, and that their audience would appreciate discovering.

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