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  • Audio CD (25 Nov. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B00G4EXNNM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
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Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong and Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Norah Jones team up for Foreverly, a collection inspired by The Everly Brothers' Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, an album of traditional Americana songs that the brothers reinterpreted, recorded and released in 1958.

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It is a tall ask to recreate an album as seminal as the Everly Brothers "Songs our Daddy Taught us" and pull it off. The Everly's album itself was a selection of songs that the brothers learned as boys from their father, Ike Everly. In 1958 it was a risk for them to roll out this set, coming on the back of their first album including the huge hits "Bye Bye Love" and "Wake up Little Susie". Nevertheless while their song selection was rootsy the versions of Appalachian standards were characterised by the trademark superb harmonies and they made the songs their own. In "Foreverly" Billie Joe Armstrong and chantreuse Norah Jones follow their template begging the question is this intended as a straightforward homage and does it add additional value? The honest answer is both. The Green Day singers pairing with Jones is unlikely but it generally works. Billie Joe Armstrong "stumbled upon" the original record a couple of years ago and became obsessed with it. His heart set on doing an Everly's tribute he brought Norah Jones on board as someone who he previously sung with at a Tsunami Benefit Concert.

Not heading for the Everly's more famous singles gives the album a more contemporary feel although with two lead vocalists vying for the mike it is rare that this new pairing actually trump any of the Don and Phil versions. It is however an enjoyable album containing a sterling version of the traditional "Roving Gambler" which Simon & Garfunkel and Bob Dylan also covered. Likewise "Long time gone" shows that Armstrong in particular has a voice which his work in Green Day could only hint at. Sticking strictly to the Everlys format largely works because of the presence of a woman's voice giving the songs a different feel.
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I grew up with the wonderful Everlys and they will always have a place deep in my heart so a modern performance of SODTU was always going to be a steep hill to ascend for anyone else, particularly as I am not a fan of cover versions (a very few exceptions - Hendrix, All Along The Watchtower; Stones, Carol and Route 66).
This is a remarkable performance. I bought it after reading an article in the Sunday Times which made me so curious that I ordered it on the spot. It arrived with commendable speed and I played it non-stop in the car for several days. I absolutely loved it and was amazed at how they had matched the emotional feel of the Everlys. I award a mere four stars for no other reason than that the original cannot be surpassed.
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By Stanley Crowe TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Dec. 2013
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What is it that drives musicians to revisit older music in older styles? One could have asked that question of the Everly Brothers themselves when they recorded this music in the 1950's, for it was far from "Cathy's Clown" and "Wake up, Little Susie" and such songs as made them famous. But Dylan, Van Morrison, and more recently Bruce Springsteen have recently (in the past 25 years) gone back to "roots." What did Stravinsky think he was doing when he started "imitating" neo-classical forms? The sense of belonging to and respecting a tradition obviously matters to some people, and it's hard to see that an effort like this one will be a huge money-spinner (despite the comment from a one-star reviewer on Amazon.com who sees it merely as a dollar magnet). But the music isn't that glamorous , and it certainly isn't glammed up -- the arrangements are chaste and pretty minimal. This is a blend of folk, country, and gospel, and it's got a distinctive texture. Jones and Armstrong have a good feel for the style, their harmonizing is nice -- it doesn't try to ape the original sound of the two male voices (it couldn't) -- and it's good to hear. The "Barbara Allen" is a distinctive take on an old ballad, presumably a Kentucky version. There are maudlin heart-breakers like "Put my Little shoes away" that tell us something about the ways in which people thought it appropriate to appeal to feeling in certain times and places, and there is the wonderful "Here to get my baby out of jail." These are dark songs -- the prospect of death and loss, for the singer or the subject of the song, is always present. These are the great unavoidables of life, and this music acknowledges that. The record is an homage to the Everlys, but more important it is, as the original Everly album was, an homage to the music and the ways of life it sprang from.
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The harmony from this duo is fantastic - sometimes more Everly then Phil and Don themselves! The tracks are not well-known ones and that adds more to their appeal. I hope they produce more recordings like this.
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I bought the Everly Brothers album, 'Songs our Daddy Taught Us' over 50 years ago.
It was never an immediate favourite as I'd been expecting something a bit more like their previous rock & roll album.
But the album has grown with me & it's now one of my favourite albums of theirs.

Billie Joe & Norah have done a superb job in updating these timeless songs.
The original album was always a bit one paced & they have upped the tempo on a few of the songs to overcome this.
The use of greater instrumentation has helped too.

The songs themselves will resonate more as the listeners get older & experience at first hand the emotions in the songs.
In particular, 'Rocking Alone in an Old Rocking Chair' & 'Silver Haired Daddy of Mine' will bring the tears to your eyes as loved ones get old & die.
You'll never know if you could have done more to alleviate loneliness in your older family & friends.
We all know unrequited love & 'Oh So Many Years' expresses these feelings as we look back on what might have been.
'Long Time Gone' is a classic cheating song.
'Kentucky' is about longing for home.
Unfortunately some of us will experience the death of a child & 'Put My Little Shoes Away' sums up this from the point of view of the child.

There are ballads here that tell stories, some that I still find to be over-sentimental.

But these are songs that you can return to & find support in the lyrics.

Phil Everly, in one of his last interviews before his untimely death, praised Billie Joe & Norah for what they'd done to introduce not only these songs, but also The Everly Brothers themselves, to a new audience.
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