The Everly Brothers

Roots

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Considered one of the finest early country-rock albums, this showed the Everlys, unlike virtually every other top rock & roll act of the '50s, keeping abreast of contemporary rock and pop trends. In the manner of their 1958 LP Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, the concept was to cover songs by performers and composers who had been influential on the duo (including Jimmie Rodgers and Merle Haggard), traditional standards, and a couple of numbers by Ron Elliott of the Beau Brummels. Although this laid-back, tasteful, acoustic-oriented recording isn't as outstanding as their classic early hits, the vocals are superb, conveying qualities of innocence tempered by experience.

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