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Stories We Could Tell
Stories We Could Tell
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Over to RCA, 18 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Stories We Could Tell (Audio CD)
Here, the first of the RCA double.

The Everlies assembled in the back room with friends that included John Sebastian and Graham Nash, and took us on another tour of mystery and surprise.

You could never say that they didn't keep you guessing.

From the short everyone-for-themselves ...that's "All We Wanna Do", Don shows off his maturing vocals on the reflective "Breakdown" [provided by Kris Kristofferson]. They deal effectively with Stewart's "Mandolin Wind" before Phil's superior solo on "Mabel's Room" [when he did get the odd solo, he often outshone his older brother...just as on the 1966 "Two Yanks..." album].

No matter, Don comes back on the fascinating "Del Rio Dan" before another failed single "Riding High" [originally] kicked off side two of the vinyl....

The 'Christmas' offering is somewhat odd,,,,never did know what to make of it....but ""Three Armed Poker Playing River Rat" makes us real happy, again!

Outstanding is "The Brand New Tennessee Waltz".....even as their career was fading, they came up with, what I consider to be, one of their all-time classic's the unique beauty of The Brothers Everly.

Then we sit on the porch...and ..."Ah, The Stories We Can Tell".

The Everly Brothers simply made some of the best music...even when considered NOT at their best. They just take you in to their hearts...

The RCA albums are worth the trip.....

Pass the Chicken & Listen
Pass the Chicken & Listen

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up to the Break, 18 Sept. 2006
By the time they put out this album, we'd heard, without knowledge of the Knoxberry Farm fiasco, that the Brothers' 1973 tour was off, little knowing then that it would be ten years before 'The Everly Brothers' were to sing again.

This is the album with the all-too-appropriate "Lay it Down": the final single of the Everly Brothers first long fling.

Phil Everly joked about the album title, an album of almost 100% 'covers'.

There's a lot of good honest fun here, though, with much fiddle playing through warm country offerings like "Ladies Love Outlaws"; Waylon's "Good Hearted Woman"; "Woman, Don't You Try To Tie Me Down" and "A Nickel for the Fiddler".

We're not let down by the beautiful interpretation of John Prine's "Paradise", "Sweet Memories", a more typical Every ballad... and Kristofferson's "Somebody Nobody Knows" [pity, Phil slightly misses the blend on the final chorus, here.]

Of their three Buddy Holly covers [also "That'll Be The Day" and "Oh, Boy!"] "Not Fade Away is the poorest. and "Rocky Top" is not their harmony at its best.

But it's a predominently happy album.

Sing Great Country Hits
Sing Great Country Hits
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Country Mix, 18 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Sing Great Country Hits (Audio CD)
It's nice to see, what must be, the classic Everly pose, on this [original] album cover. [I lent my album which came back full of scuffs and sounded like it was playing over a gravel track....]

Now, it's all on CD.

I have to say, even in '63, that one or two tracks sounded a little 'whiney'...something seldom found on a Everly record.

As usual, however, the Brothers do what they do better than most, in making recognised classics sound their own, by revisiting the arrangements.

For this reason, the outstanding track is, I think, Cash's "I Walk the Line". "Just One Time" proves onother of the album's best arrangements, whilst the duo get away with the maudlin

"I'm So Lonesome, I Could Cry", just because they're so damned good!

"Oh, Lonesome Me"; "Release Me"; and "Please Help Me, I'm Falling" just get a lttle boring, but other 'plusses' are those long harmonies on "Sweet Dreams" and.... 'Whooo! I'm Never Gonna Be a Star' of the finale..."...Last Song I'm Ever Gonna Sing..".

Not the best album...but must be one of the best sleeves....

The Hit Sound of the Everly Brothers
The Hit Sound of the Everly Brothers

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Other Rising Sun, 18 Sept. 2006
Take this album to be the one with the other version of "The House of the Rising Sun"

Yes, once you've heard this, you will accept that there ARE TWO stunning versions of the song.

From a multi-directional ensemble of material, someone latched onto what, surely, could only be considered the Animals' master recording. What Don Everly does to the song, however, produces what must be equally masterful. It's soulful, featuring Don's newly developed 'eastern' singing style....and is that Billy Preston, so outstanding on 'Hammond'? This version stands on its own merit......

Beautiful is the

early Jimmy Webb song, "She never Smiles Anymore" [just irked by the final slightly imperfect .."bef o o r e" hook line].

There's a rattling good country approach on "Movin' On", 'though "Blueberry Hill" and "Trains and Boats..." could have benefitted from more time....and what an instrumental 'steal' from the Monkees..."Oh. Boy!".

But I like "Good Golly, Miss Molly" [just how many Little Richard songs, DID they do?]

It's a pity that, as the Brothers have commented, the lack of work on some songs reduces this 'Rising Sun' album to a '4'.

But worth it, for that alone....stunning? Yes!
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Songs Our Daddy Taught Us
Songs Our Daddy Taught Us
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Endearingly Ours, 18 Sept. 2006
Not many could make such a potentially depressing string of material so memorable.

As an early interval from their Rock n' Teenage Agst rollercoaster success, the Evs took time to accompany baseman Floyd 'Lightning' Chance into the studio and tape a dozen heartrending songs, mostly from age-old traditional sources.

They loved [of course]; pleaded to see mother 'before God takes her away...'; were 'a long time gone'. They pondered over 'an old mother....rocking alone...', then sang of "That Silver Haired Daddy..."....and even of the murdered Rose Connolly.... But nothing...nothing breaks your heart more than "Put My Little Shoes Away". As it fades, to end the whole affair, you just want to play it all over again. Because it's just beautiful....

An early girl friend and I dared to turn the lights down, in the front room...and listened. Her tears were only greater than mine...we were teenagers.

That's what Don and Phil could do to you.

It only works beacause of their perfection...both in harmony and timing.

Forever endearing. It's another 'must'.

In Our Image
In Our Image

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars as good as the brits got, 18 Sept. 2006
This review is from: In Our Image (Audio CD)
Amazing, that these two should continue to come up with pop albums that were as good as almost anything the Brits were offering - with such little success.

The first 'plus', here, is the production. It has much more presence than the, then, British studios were putting out. It's 'bigger'.

The Evs had made it back with the wailing "Price of Love", harmonica and all...This is - as has been said - an album made up, mainly of the singles issued at that time. "I'll Never Get Over You" goes straight into the "should have been, but ignored" category. Great production on Mann and Weil's "Glitter and Gold" and - come on - "Lovey Kravesit" is, for a change, the Brothers, just having fun [Oh, yes she D..o...o..e...z z z!!!]. Wonderful 'Hammond' on "Power of Love"...and few but the Everlies could....the impeccable timing of the ballad, "Chained to a Memory" and Phil taking a rare lead in Don's "It's All Over".[he wasn't altogether pleased with the ultimate arrangemnt].

"It only Cost a Dime" is a 'B' side, good enough to finish the album.

They were that good.

If you're looking at albums of this era, don't make decisions purely on success. Despite being considered 'passe', The Everly Brothers were making as good as almost anybody....

Incidentally, these original albums should not be 'doubled up', as has been suggested. Many pop CDs are just too long: it's good to hear them as the 'LPs they were.........

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