Saturday, July 16, 2005

The Everly Brothers - Two Yanks in England CD (Collectors’ Choice)

In 1966, Don and Phil went to London to make an album mainly of Hollies songs, backed by the Manchester band who was so deeply influenced by the brothers’ harmonies. It’s an exercise that feels strangely academic on the rocking opener “Somebody Help Me”—and the rougher vocal style doesn’t suit the Everlys--but the album quickly slides over to the softer side, and numbers like “Signs That Will Never Change,” “So Lonely” and the weird “Fifi the Flea” are really gorgeous. This collaboration has been on my must-hear list for a long time, and while it’s not the revelation I’d hoped, it’s quite a charming disc, recommended to fans of either group.

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