Debuts don’t get much better. Energetic, concise, focused… with a fully formed sound and style seemingly destined for greatness. Certainly destined to influence a generation of future rockers on both sides of the pond. Would there have been a Beatles without the Everly Brothers? Sure… but they just wouldn’t have been as good. After a flop single for Columbia Records in 1956, and a year’s apprenticeship as songwriters for Acuff-Rose publishing, The Everly Brothers hit the ground running with this finely tuned mix of country, pop and rock ‘n’ roll – something they themselves once defined as “American skiffle.” The acoustic guitars provided the upbeat numbers with a percussive shuffle, buoyed by those elastic, skin-tight harmonies that have been echoed by emerging artists every single day in the 56 years since this record’s release. That these voices still sound fresh today is a testament to their greatness, with only the technology of the times hinting at its age, because their vocal stylings are still heard – intact and unchanged – on many a new “country” artist release. This album was, of course, only the beginning, as the Everly Bros. would join forces with Warner Bros. within a couple of years and release even bigger hits than this debut’s “Bye Bye Love” and “Wake Up Little Susie.” We’ve got more Everlys in the archives, including: EB ’84 and Born Yesterday (HERE, both produced by Dave Edmunds). For those who like tributes, check out the 2013 release, The Chapin Sisters’ A Date With The Everly Brothers (HERE). Not sure why I couldn’t find a hard disc at Amazon (HERE).
This Little Girl of Mine (Ray Charles)
Maybe Tomorrow (Don Everly)
Bye Bye Love (Felice Bryant/Boudleaux Bryant)
Brand New Heartache (Felice Bryant/Boudleaux Bryant)
Keep a Knockin’ (Richard Penniman)
Be-Bop-A-Lula (Tex Davis/Gene Vincent)
Rip It Up (Robert Blackwell/John Marascalco)
I Wonder If I Care as Much (Don Everly)
Wake Up Little Susie (Felice Bryant/Boudleaux Bryant)
Leave My Woman Alone (Ray Charles)
Should We Tell Him (Don Everly)
Hey Doll Baby (Traditional)
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