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Pass The Chicken & Listen / Stories We Could Tell

The Everly Brothers Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 Jun 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Morello Records
  • ASIN: B00JAD137M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,190 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. All We Really Want To Do
2. Breakdown
3. Green River
4. Mandolin Wind
5. Up In Mabel's Room
6. Del Rio Dan
7. Ridin' High
8. Christmas Eve Can Kill You
9. Three-Armed, Poker-Playin' River Rat
10. I'm Tired Of Sining My Song In Las Vegas
11. The Brand New Tennessee Waltz
12. Stories We Could Tell
13. Lay It Down
14. Husbands And Wives
15. Woman, Don't Try To Tie Me Down
16. Sweet Memories
17. Ladies Love Outlaws
18. Not Fade Away
19. Watching It Go
20. Paradise
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'Stories We Could Tell' includes songs written by, amongst others, Rod Stewart, Jesse Winchester, Kris Kristofferson, John Sebastian and Dennis Linde. Also featuring some of the best studio musicians from the early 1970's. Guest artists include David Crosby, Graham Nash, John Sebastian, Ry Cooder, Delaney Bramlett and Warren Zevon. Produced by Paul A. Rothchild. 'Pass The Chicken And Listen' was the last studio recording The Everly Brothers made for over 10 years. They broke up just after the album was completed. Features songs written by Roger Miller, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Mickey Newbury, Lee Clayton, John Prine, Guy Clark and Felice and Boudleaux Bryant.

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Collects their two 1972 country-tinged albums, together on the one CD! Cameos by David Crosby, Ry Cooder, Graham Nash, Warren Zevon, John Sebastian and others. ("PASS THE CHICKEN & LISTEN") ("STORIES WE COULD TELL")

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A New Direction 4 Jun 2014
After twelve years with Warner Brothers, starting with "Cathy's Clown in 1960, The Everly Brothers joined RCA. Where they had failed with "Roots" in 1968, "Stories We Could Tell" was a successful attempt by Don and Phil to move on from their iconic brand of close harmony pop to something that was more contemporary. This aspiration was expressed in Don's song "I'm Tired Of Singin' My Song In Las Vegas", a reference to the tedium of the oldies circuit that so many fading stars succumb to.

From the deeply poignant lyrics of the epic "Christmas Eve Can Kill You", the bittersweet grandeur of "Green River" and the jazz shuffle of "Mabel's Room" they succeeded in creating shades of musical sounds and styles that hadn't been heard from them before. Of course, those glorious harmony sounds were still there but this was 1972 and the sound of country rock was in the ascendency.

So, it was natural that with their familial country influences the Everlys embraced this musical sub genre. They recruited major league players such as Ry Cooder, Spooner Oldham, John Sebastian, and Warren Zevon to add their distinctive sounds to the mix. The result was an accomplished album that evokes the memory of early seventies west coast rock and marks a transition in musical style for Don and Phil.

"Pass The Chicken And Listen" was their second (and last) album for RCA. Produced by Chet Atkins and Duane Eddy it is perhaps strange that the country rock of "Stories We Could Tell" was subsumed by a more traditional country style. The album includes some decent songs by Mickey Newbury ("Sweet Memories"), Roger Miller ("Husbands And Wives"), and John Prine ("Paradise") with those exquisite harmonies still intact.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Two obscure country albums from 1972 by the brothers
The first album here, Stories we could tell, is a country-rock album. It features covers of All we really want to do (Delaney and Bonnie), Breakdown" (Kris Kristofferson), Mandolin wind (Rod Stewart), The Brand New Tennessee Waltz" (Jesse Winchester) and the title track (John Sebastian), a couple of Everly originals (Green river, I'm tired of singing my song in Las Vegas) and a trio of songs written by Dennis Linde, who has written more famous songs than these, but I particularly like Christmas Eve can kill you.

The Everly brothers never strayed very far from their country roots, even during their hit-making days, but the second album here is very clearly traditional country. Most of the songs are covers of songs made famous by others, like Husbands and wives (Roger Miller), Ladies love outlaws (Waylon Jennings), Not fade away (Buddy Holly), Paradise (John Prine), Good hearted woman (Waylon an Willie) and Rocky top (Lynn Anderson). Don and Phil sing the songs as they were written, so there are no real surprise arrangements, although Rocky top is taken at a slower tempo than most other singers do it..

The other songs are generally less well known, including Somebody nobody knows, a Kris Kristofferson song. It's good to see that they chose to record this rather than yet another version of one of his standards.

This could hardly be described as essential, but will appeal to anybody who likes the Everly brothers and who wants to seek out their more obscure music. After these two albums, Don and Phil split up. In 1973, Phil began his solo career with the first recording of The air that I breathe, but the song made no impact until 1974, when a cover by the Hollies became a huge international hit. Don pursued a country career but his original 1977 recording of Brother jukebox was also unsuccessful. A 1990 cover by Mark Chesnutt became a #1 country hit. The brothers eventually re-united.
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