All-Time Original Hits
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With their tight harmony singing, Phil and Don Everly set the standard for duo acts to follow--especially Simon and Garfunkel who frequently included "Bye Bye Love" in their act.
The Everlys were responsible for many early rock 'n' roll classics like "Wake Up Little Susie," "All I Have To Do Is Dream," "Bird Dog," Devoted to You," "Problems" and "Take a Message to Mary"--all written by Boudleaux and Felice Bryant.
The Everlys would also be responsible for writing some of their own most memorable songs. Phil wrote "When Will I Be Loved," which would be a huge hit again in 1975 by Linda Ronstadt. Don wrote "Cathy's Clown," "So Sad(To Watch Good Love Go Bad)" and "('Til) I Kissed You." Ironically, after "That's Old Fashioned" in 1962, the Everlys would have only two minor hits in the wake of the British Invasion. But this is not to imply the Everlys are old fashioned. Their music is timeless and no serious music collection is complete without these Everly Brothers classics. If you can't afford the "Heartaches and Harmonies" box set, this is an excellent single-disc alternative. ESSENTIAL
The 16 tracks selected are absolute classics, every one of them, and they're collected here regardless of the original labels these sides were on.
If you want comprehensive, there's an abundance of Cadence collections, and Warner Archive's Walk Right Back is a 2-disc retrospective on their Warner years. And then there's the box set.
I'm not a big fan of "greatest hits" collections. If all I had was the Beatles or Stones "greatest hits", I'd have missed the boat. Pre-Beatles, though, the emphasis was much more on 45-rpm single records and much less on albums (I have a stack of old singles as evidence). The Beatles and Stones changed the focus of the recording industry by recording albums of uniformly high quality and originality that music buyers wanted to own. With other artists following suit, singles declined in prominence. Greatest hits collections are, however, a good way to get the best recordings from the era when singles dominated music sales. This collection is an excellent example of that.
Whether you remember the Everly Brothers music fondly, or you just want some catchy rockabilly tunes and pretty ballads, you can't go wrong with THE EVERLY BROTHERS ALL-TIME ORIGINAL HITS. I recommend it highly.
This collection is for people who just want the obvious classics including Bye bye love, Wake up little Susie, All I have to do is dream, Till I kissed you, Let it be me, Cathy's clown, So sad, Walk right back, Ebony eyes and Crying in the rain. With one exception (That's old-fashioned, a hit in America but not the UK), all the tracks were major hits in Britain and America. Expatriate Brits should note that several major UK hits are missing including Temptation and Price of love, but they didn't do well in America.
So this compilation should satisfy those who just want the big American hits. There are plenty of other compilations for those who want to explore further, or who want the major British hits not included here.
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good sound quality. Every song just as I remember it from the 50's & 60's.Published 15 months ago by Mary ann Sutcliffe
Oooooh - nobody will every replace them - the best duo EVER. God blessed them with voices to be shared with the world.Published 23 months ago by Sherrie K
I rate this CD set Five Stars! Basically I only wanted this for one hard-to-find song: "That's Old Fashioned". The audio quality of the CD is excellent! Read morePublished 24 months ago by mike plott