M.F.Q. - 'If All You Think'/'The Love Of A Clown' (Warner Brothers 5481) November 1964

The Modern Folk Quartet were a group of pre Beatlemania folkies that formed in Honolulu but relocated to Los Angeles sometime in early 1963. Their popularity rose among the folk crowd and two albums followed on Warner Bros (I've not heard these). By late '64 they were simply called M.F.Q. and had a more electric folk sound.

The sublime 'If All You Think' sounds like a proto-type Association with some great harmonies and an arrangement from Don Ralke that I consider to be ahead of it's time. Songwriter Jerry Yester was a well known face in Hollywood during this time and would later join The Lovin' Spoonful when M.F.Q. disbanded in 1966.


  1. Great song! Jerry Yester's brother Jim was one of the original Association.

  2. The M.F.Q. were a wonderful band, and this fabulous track is one of their best. I have written to Sundazed and Rev-Ola to try to get one of them to do a comp on this band, but with no luck so far. Although out of your time span, have a listen to the Association's 1981 45 "Across The Persian Gulf" also written by Jerry, it is pure magic!

  3. Not a bad idea Keith or maybe Big Beat should do more Dunhill retrospectives. They released a couple of vinyl only LPs in the late 80s....there must be plenty of unreleased recordings in the vaults to make it worthwhile.


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