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Wednesday, 6 November 2013

The Everly Brothers Sing - The Everly Brothers

A particularly interesting entry in the generally-of-interest '60s discography of the Everly Brothers.  Overshadowed by their celebrated cosmic country Roots album that followed, this one from 1967 is a soft psych effort, with the Everlys' harmonies featuring on the type of material more usually attached to their multi-voiced successors, such as the Association and Spanky and Our Gang.  Opening track and moderate hit 'Bowling Green' mythologises the Kentucky city to the point that it sounds like a good place to go to after you die, while 'To the Flowers' is a glorious Summer of Love period piece that made it on to a Nuggets compilation.  'Mary Jane', meanwhile, is about a very special girl they just can't get enough of.  The album peters out with covers of 'Whiter Shade of Pale' and 'Mercy, Mercy, Mercy' that sound like they would much rather be somewhere else (one of them doesn't even bother turning up at all for the former).  Before that, however, is a whole load of '60s marshmallowy greatness.
   The Everly Brothers struggled to find much of an audience in the '60s, but what they were up to was fascinating, easily the equal of many of the younger beat groups that followed in their wake, owing them pretty much everything.  This album is a fine example of this.

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