12 Songs, 27 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This 1962 collection was the first Everly Brothers best-of released by Warner Bros, and the fact that it represented just two years of the duo's career only underlines the degree to which Don and Phil were on a roll in those days. Even without the late-'50s hits on Cadence that kicked off the Everlys' career, The Golden Hits is still a stunning statement. The pair's influences are well represented by their versions of Little Richard's rock 'n' roll milestone "Lucille" and Merle Travis' country stomp "Muskrat." The Everlys' way with bespoke songs comes through on the sorrowful, Carole King–penned Brill Building ballad "Crying in the Rain" and Sonny Curtis' lonesome stroll "Walk Right Back," but it's the brothers' own compositions that really take this set over the top. "So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)" is a marvel of poignantly plainspoken regret, and "Cathy's Clown," with its majestic, classical-inspired sound and drama-drenched lyrics, is not just one of the duo's greatest moments, but one of the most moving songs of the era.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This 1962 collection was the first Everly Brothers best-of released by Warner Bros, and the fact that it represented just two years of the duo's career only underlines the degree to which Don and Phil were on a roll in those days. Even without the late-'50s hits on Cadence that kicked off the Everlys' career, The Golden Hits is still a stunning statement. The pair's influences are well represented by their versions of Little Richard's rock 'n' roll milestone "Lucille" and Merle Travis' country stomp "Muskrat." The Everlys' way with bespoke songs comes through on the sorrowful, Carole King–penned Brill Building ballad "Crying in the Rain" and Sonny Curtis' lonesome stroll "Walk Right Back," but it's the brothers' own compositions that really take this set over the top. "So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)" is a marvel of poignantly plainspoken regret, and "Cathy's Clown," with its majestic, classical-inspired sound and drama-drenched lyrics, is not just one of the duo's greatest moments, but one of the most moving songs of the era.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
28 Ratings
28 Ratings
"Grimmbo" ,

"That's The Way Singing Should Be!"

.."That Good Old Fashioned Harmony!"-Don & Phil Everly really were born with "Golden Pipes!"-So many Singer/Songwriters and Budding Pop Stars owe these "Good 'Ol Boys" a huge debt of Gratitude!-Lennon & McCartney; Peter & Gordon; Gerry & The Pacemakers; The Moody Blues & The Zombies were all influenced greatly when the Everly Brothers toured the U.K.!-(And their backing Band of "Nashville Cats" were early Rockabilly Rebels!)-"The Golden Hits Of The Everly Brothers" shows them moving away from the simpler Cadence tunes to a more defined & polished Sound; They would come to claim as their own!-And most of today's "New Traditionalists"; From Emmylou Harris to Allison Krauss to The Wayfaring Strangers; Have studied the template that Phil & Don Everly laid down; Long ago!-"I'll Do My Cryin' In The Rain!"...by Grimmbo.

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