The Brothers Four

Rally 'Round the Brothers Four

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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.