The Everly Brothers

The Essential Everly Brothers

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If you're looking for a single-disc compilation of the Everly Brothers' Cadence era, this 22-tracker would be a good choice, though of course the material was available in many other different formats prior to this 2002 release. It has all of their big early pre-Warner Bros. hits, augmented by some of their better LP cuts. Those LP cuts include half a dozen songs from their 1958 traditional folk-oriented Songs Our Daddy Taught Us album, as well as some early straight rock & roll covers of hits by Gene Vincent, Little Richard, and Ray Charles that prove the brothers could rock out quite hard when they were so inclined. The liner notes are on the basic side, but do give a reasonable rundown of their career and specific details about all of the tracks.

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