12 Songs, 27 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though half the tunes on Don and Phil Everly's fourth album were penned by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant (the hitmeisters who'd already provided the Everlys with huge hits like "Wake Up Little Susie" and "Bye Bye Love"), A Date with The Everly Brothers finds the Everlys asserting both their own identity and their eclecticism more than ever before. The duo were the first to record the heart-rending ballad "Love Hurts," one of the greatest songs either they or the Bryants ever touched; this version set the standard for all that followed. Meanwhile, the boys also tackle everything from hard-edged blues (Jimmy Reed's classic "Baby What You Want Me to Do") to gentle ballads ("Always It's You") and contribute several of their own songs. The most powerful of these (and one of the most stirring in the entire Everly Brothers catalog) is the closing cut, "Cathy's Clown." The first Don/Phil cowrite on an Everlys album, it finds the duo graduating from teen pathos to a more mature longing, matched with melodic brilliance.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though half the tunes on Don and Phil Everly's fourth album were penned by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant (the hitmeisters who'd already provided the Everlys with huge hits like "Wake Up Little Susie" and "Bye Bye Love"), A Date with The Everly Brothers finds the Everlys asserting both their own identity and their eclecticism more than ever before. The duo were the first to record the heart-rending ballad "Love Hurts," one of the greatest songs either they or the Bryants ever touched; this version set the standard for all that followed. Meanwhile, the boys also tackle everything from hard-edged blues (Jimmy Reed's classic "Baby What You Want Me to Do") to gentle ballads ("Always It's You") and contribute several of their own songs. The most powerful of these (and one of the most stirring in the entire Everly Brothers catalog) is the closing cut, "Cathy's Clown." The first Don/Phil cowrite on an Everlys album, it finds the duo graduating from teen pathos to a more mature longing, matched with melodic brilliance.

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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings
12 Ratings
RubberSoul65 ,

50s are the thing, makes me wanna sing

I've been listening to the Everly Brothers for almost 2 years now, and I just can't stay away from their music. What great voices, the harmonies work, and for all those people who don't appreciate good music, you won't be able to say no to this. I listened to almost every song they ever recorded, and so far none of these songs have disappoined me. I have listened to many other artists of this time. None of them top the Everly Brothers. If you want to listen to music worth your while, check out their other albums. I assure you that you won't be sorry for listening to these very talented boys.

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