EMI Plus' budget-priced The Story series presents straightforward, no-frills compilations of major rock artists with catalogs in the EMI vaults, accompanied by CD-ROMs containing brief biographical information (in English, Dutch, French, and Spanish), discographies consisting of album titles and dates of release, and a photo gallery. The Everly Brothers' volume consists of the 19 tracks originally released on Cadence Records that the duo placed in the Billboard Hot 100 between 1957 and 1962, in order by the release date of each single. The Everly Brothers actually decamped from Cadence for Warner Bros. Records in early 1960, but their former label managed to score further chart entries with their catalog for a couple of years. Thus, the recordings here are not exactly in chronological order; "Be Bop A-Lula," the B-side of "When Will I Be Loved," which was a minor chart entry in the summer of 1960, had been released on the 1958 debut album The Everly Brothers, and "I'm Here to Get My Baby out of Jail," the CD's final track and a minor chart entry in the fall of 1962, had been released earlier on the 1958 album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. More important, like most Everly Brothers compilations, this one contains only a portion of the brothers' hits, albeit the lion's share, since nine of their Top Ten hits were on Cadence and only six on Warner Bros. The Cadence material has been reissued on many compilations over the years, and while this one can claim to contain the chart recordings -- no more and no less -- it merely joins a crowded field.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann
feat: Don Everly