Sing of Our Times/The Honey Wind Blows

Sing of Our Times/The Honey Wind Blows

by The Brothers Four
     
 
This CD contains a pair of pivotal long-players from the Brothers Four. By 1964 Bob Flick (upright bass, baritone, bass), John Paine (guitar, baritone), Mike Kirkland (guitar, banjo, tenor), and Dick Foley (guitar, baritone) were members of one of the most successful folk vocal

Overview

This CD contains a pair of pivotal long-players from the Brothers Four. By 1964 Bob Flick (upright bass, baritone, bass), John Paine (guitar, baritone), Mike Kirkland (guitar, banjo, tenor), and Dick Foley (guitar, baritone) were members of one of the most successful folk vocal groups of the era and had likewise begun to established themselves internationally. While their All-American, nonconfrontational, good-time persona was part of the quartet's appeal, it was also the thing that kept them from becoming socially -- and arguably musically -- relevant during the mid-to-late '60s. Sing of Our Times (1964) and The Honey Wind Blows (1965) are definite reflections of the rapidly changing pop landscape. Especially notable is the obvious effect that it had not only on the song selection, but the actual arrangements as well. As the title would suggest, Sing of Our Times is a concerted attempt to gather concurrent material from within the burgeoning folk scenes -- such as Bob Dylan's "Tomorrow Is a Long Time" and "Long Ago, Far Away," Shel Silverstein's "Beans Taste Fine," and Bay Area one-man-band Jesse "Lone Cat" Fuller's "Monkey and the Engineer." Among the less dated readings are "Seven Daffodils" and "Four Strong Winds." On the other hand, "Spring Hill Mine Disaster" lacks definition or distinguishing earmarks to discern it from most any other rendering. In the wake of the electric folk
ock, The Honey Wind Blows seems like an effort torn between the modernization of tunes such as "House of the Rising Sun" and the loose acoustic jangle incorporated into the cover of "Mr. Tambourine Man." However, when the incongruously chipper vocals kick in, all relevancy and credibility is essentially lost in light of the Byrds' definitive interpretation. Although a core audience remained for the Brothers Four, their innocuous vibe would quickly become replaced by amplified roots and rock from both sides of the Atlantic. In 2004, Collectors' Choice Music issued Sing of Our Times/The Honey Wind Blows on a two-on-one compact disc, making each available for the first time in decades.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/20/2004
Label:
Collector's Choice
UPC:
0617742039726
catalogNumber:
397

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brothers Four   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Jesse Fuller   Composer
Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Ian Tyson   Composer
Bob Gibson   Composer
Woody Guthrie   Composer
Malvina Reynolds   Composer
Shel Silverstein   Composer
Harry Belafonte   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Martin Cooper   Composer
Alan Greene   Composer
Lee Hays   Composer
Fred Hellerman   Composer
Richard M. Sherman   Composer
Robert B. Sherman   Composer
Gérald Minkoff   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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