Four Jacks And a Jill – Fables (1968/2018) [FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Four Jacks And a Jill – Fables (1968/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz  | Time – 23:21 minutes | 869 MB | Genre: Pop, Oldies
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RCA – Legacy

The second and final album by Four Jacks and a Jill garnered no hits on the level of their sole U.S. Top 40 entry, “Master Jack,” but Fables is a completely charming slice of sunshiny folk-rock. Lead singer Glenys Lynne’s dreamy vocals are at the center of these simple, upbeat songs, surrounded by crisply strummed acoustic guitars and occasional keyboards and strings. Interestingly, much of the album makes use of the group’s South African heritage, with thumb piano and other local percussion coloring songs like the traditional folk tune “Mama Come Home” and a pair of songs written by their compatriot, Miriam Makemba, “The Click Song” and “Pata Pata.” Highlights include the subtly psychedelic “Huckleberry Ferry Land,” the bubblegum “Three Little Bears,” and a handful of songs that recall early Bee Gees hits, such as “Sad Little Pigeon” and the delicate “Butchers and Bakers.” Lynne’s helium-pitched vocals and blank delivery do no favors to the misbegotten cover of the Newbeats’ “Bread and Butter,” though. A rarity due to its near-total lack of U.S. sales and airplay, Fables is well worth seeking out by sunshine pop fans.

01. Hey Mister
02. Mama Come Home
03. Click Song
04. Thru Little Billy’s Window
05. Three Little Bears
06. Butchers and Bakers
07. Huckleberry Ferry Land
08. Sad Little Pidgeon
09. Pata Pata
10. Freckle Face
11. Bread and Butter