Freitag, 12. November 2021

The Brothers Four‎– B.M.O.C. (Best Music On/Off Campus) (1961)

Arguably the quartet's best studio album, B.M.O.C. offers a rich selection of material, from traditional folk songs to '30s blues ("St. James Infirmary") and then-current country songs ("(Ghost) Riders in the Sky"), all sung in a serious and restrained style.
The difference between this and the group's earlier albums is that, as individuals, the members all show a greater depth in their understanding of the songs on "B.M.O.C.", feeling the lyrics as well as singing them well. Thus, even the movie song "The Green Leaves of Summer" (from the movie "The Alamo") is presented with a great deal of emotion that was missing from earlier work by the group, and "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Little Bird" is offered with a fervor and immediacy (and some nice flourishes on the guitars and banjo) that characterized the folk revival at its best.
The title, incidentally, is a play on a phrase that would have been well-known in 1961 (though it dates from at least the 1920s) but is utterly forgotten today -- B.M.O.C. meant "Big Man On Campus," a reference usually applied to a male undergraduate of some renown, usually in sports.         

A1I Am A Roving Gambler2:50
A2Well, Well, Well2:35
A3Sweet Rosyanne3:12
A4St. James Infirmary3:02
A5Riders In The Sky2:20
A6When The Sun Goes Down2:53
B1The Green Leaves Of Summer2:50
B2A Pretty Girl Is Like A Little Bird2:53
B3My Little John Henry1:45
B4Beautiful Brown Eyes2:45
B5The Old Settler's Song3:15
B6With You Fair Maid1:58

The Brothers Four‎– B.M.O.C. (Best Music On/Off Campus) (1961)     
(256 kbps, cover art included)

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