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IT’s Everly Time
e Everly Brothers first album for Warner Brothers after leaving the Cadence label, It's Everly Time, saw the pair stretch out from their traditional pop base. Most of the songs had an almost country feel, not surprising given their Nashville hometown, but infused with a distinct Everly Brothers flavour. The album also saw them working extensively with husband and wife song writing team Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, with the album becoming their first UK hit album and peaking at number two.
100 Hits Legends - Everly Brothers
Great-sounding 2010 five CD box collection set from the legendary Rock/Country duo containing 100 of their finest performances.
The compilation includes the hits “Bye Bye Love”, “Wake Up Little Susie”, “Claudette”, “Bird Dog”, “Cathy's Clown”, “Temptation”, “Walk Right Back”,
“Crying In The Rain”, “The Ferris Wheel”, “Gone, Gone, Gone”, “Love Is Strange”, “The Price Of Love” and many more classic recordings. This is the Ultimate Everly Brothers collection.
THE DEFINITIVE EVERLY BROTHERS
s of ‘Cathy’s Clown’ through to ‘Baby What You Want Me To Do’, this Everly Brothers’ compilation may not cover new ground, but as a document of the brothers’ country leanings, it’s a fine album. The early hits like ‘Wake Up Little Susie’ may be absent, but more room is provided for lesser known fare like ‘Bowling Green’ or Roger Miller’s ‘Burma Shave’. That isn’t to say that there’s no hits on here; the band’s definitive reading of the title track is a certain highlight and puts nearly every other rendition in the shadows; the brotherly harmonies and proto-country rock backing showing their obvious influence on some of the Byrds, especially the solo work of Gene Clark and Gram Parsons, to name but two. And some of these singles are truly some of the greatest ever committed to tape- ‘Cathy’s Clown’ for example, is a true slice of power pop that matches Phil Spector for intensity and heartbreak, while ‘Gone Gone Gone’ is likely the definitive country-rock song. This CD promises to be the first volume of an Everly’s collection, and there’s plenty more to be shown, but even on its’own, this is a fine introduction. – Thom Allott
Everly Brothers Re-union DVD
en asked recently for the most memorable moment of his career, Phil Everly replied the Albert Hall reunion . It was September 1983, and ten years on from one of the most acrimonious splits in popular music history, when the Everly Brothers, Don and Phil, took to the stage at London s Royal Albert Hall. One of the most successful duos of all time, the Everlys had dominated the charts in the late fifties and early to mid sixties. Their close harmony singing, acoustic guitars and brilliant song writing had become instantly recognisable and inspired millions of fans worldwide. On an emotional night in London, the reunion was an unqualified success and led to the renewal of their partnership on an ongoing basis and many more years of success, which continue to this day.
With harmonies such as 'Bye Bye Love', 'Wake Up Little Susie' and 'All I Have To Do Is Dream', the Everly Brothers brought romance and professionalism to rock'n'roll. Their music was a unique blend of rock'n'roll, country, rockabilly and bluegrass, an eclectic yet accessible sound that appealed to people of all tastes. Throughout the fifties the Everlys reigned as kings of popular music, selling millions of singles and albums. In 1960 they were able to negotiate a new ten year contract with an unprecendented advance of $1 million. But by 1962 the steady stream of hits had dried up as the Everlys became dogged by bad luck: National service, severe drug and marital problems, sibling rivalry and the dawn of the Beat era. They continued to tour the world until the early 70s, but the story was effectively over. Ironically, the group that epitomised love and togetherness were no longer able to work together. They broke up - on stage - in 1973.
For 10 years they pursued separate careers, refusing to sing together or to even speak to one another, until in 1983 they finally settled 'the big Southern feud', as they called it, and played a reunion concert at the Albert Hall. They have been touring the world and recording new songs ever since.
In Walk Right Back Roger White presents an exhaustive history of the Everly Brothers' career evolution and public and private personalities, viewing their music as an important part of the evolution of rock itself. With 80 illustrations and a preface by the Everlys themselves (as well as tributes from many of the stars whose music they influenced), Walk Right Back is a must-have for any fan.
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