Monday, January 16, 2006

The Everly Brothers - The New Album CD (Collectors’ Choice)

Collectors Choice has released a whole bunch of albums that this hit-making duo released after the majority of their audience had shifted their attentions to more modern acts. It’s a great thing that Don and Phil continued to record, because all of the albums I’ve heard so far--six I believe--are top notch. This one is a bit of a misnomer, because the music was not “new” when it was released in 1977; it had just never been made available yet. The recordings span the decade the brothers were at Warner Brothers, ’60 to ’70, and represent a solid peek at the changes music underwent during that turbulent time as filtered through a truly great folk, rock and pop act. Whether it’s Brill Building leftovers, a smattering of Everly originals or examples of songwriting by young upstarts the boys met through the years, all of the material here is first rate. (Edwin Letcher)

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