The Everly Brothers Reunion Concert
After years of separation, the two voices and acoustic guitars that laid the foundation for pop music were united again to harmonize in London's Royal Albert Hall as thousands of fans who flocked to the scene were joined by generations of musicians they inspired, from the Beatles to the Beach Boys. With an all-star band featuring keyboardist Pete Wingfield, guitartists Albert Lee and Martin Jenner and drummer Graham Jarvis, the Everly Brothers sing 20 of their greatest songs, proving originals are still the best. Songs: Claudette, Walk Right Back, Crying in the Rain, Cathy's Clown, Love Is Strange, When Will I Be Loved?, So Sad (To Watch Love Go Bad), Bird Dog, Be-Bop-a-Lula, Barbara Allen, A Long Time Gone, Step It Up and Go, Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie, Devoted to You, Love Hurts, ('Til) I Kissed You, All I Have to Do Is Dream, Lucille, Let It Be Me.
Some things never change--and when it comes to the Everly Brothers, that's definitely a good thing. Seen here performing at London's Royal Albert Hall in 1983 following a lengthy and acrimonious split, Don and Phil barely miss a beat. They were in their mid-40s, and performing together for the first time in some 10 years (Phil had smashed a guitar and walked offstage in what you might call a fit of pique), but their harmonies are as perfect as ever, to the point where it's hard to tell who's singing which part. Backed by a band of crack British musicians, they run through some 21 songs, including a dizzying array of hits. "Crying in the Rain," "Wake Up Little Susie," "Cathy's Clown," "Bye Bye Love": the Everlys may not have written most of their tunes, but they sure know how to pick 'em. This is the real deal. --Sam Graham
- Songs: Claudette, Walk Right Back, Crying in the Rain, Cathy's Clown, Love Is Strange, When Will I Be Loved?, So Sad (To Watch Love Go Bad), Bird Dog, Be-Bop-a-Lula, Barbara Allen, A Long Time Gone, Step It Up and Go, Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie, Devoted to You, Love Hurts, ('Til) I Kissed You, All I Have to Do Is Dream, Lucille, Let It Be Me
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Along with the classics, they perform medly of the beautiful music from the CD Songs Our Daddy Taught Us which is a wonderful soothing collection of very early folk, traditional songs. Their daddy, musician Ike Everly, performed many years ago. But if ever their voices harmonize well, it is with those old folk tales.
No other duo has ever evoked such vocal purity as the Everlys. They sound as one, even though there lies that distinction in their voices. And no performance they will ever do will compare to this reunion at Albert Hall. The two looked great! ......Rizzo
This is one great DVD and I can recommend it to anybody who wants to hear the genesis of rock & roll even before Chuck Berry. Beautiful music, beautiful voices. Worth the price.
But did anyone go in and do CPR on that crowd, or are those stiffs still sitting in Albert Hall? What was up with that audience? I'm an old fogey now, but I KNOW I would have been up and shaking my tailfeathers during "Bird Dog", "Claudette", "Lucille", etc.. This band and the Everly's really rocked that night! Shame the audience was velcroed to their seats.
Actually, I bought this after going to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Seems that during the 50 minute film on the Hall's inductees, they couldn't afford a single second to allow you to hear this duo's voices. I was left empty and just wanted to hear their harmonies again. I am absolutely blown away. I believe Paul Simon said their influence far exceeded their fame. He is so right.
The Everly's get a 5 for this DVD. The makers get a 3 for leaving songs out and giving no extras. I average that to a 4.
sound of the DVD is okay, too!
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