“Both Sides Of An Evening” by The Everly Brothers - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1961Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

The murky old world of the music biz ensured that, due to a fall out with Wesley Rose, their manager and publisher, the brothers were unable to release any of their own compositions and were blocked from using the Bryant’s material, since they too were a part of the Acuff-Rose stable. Quite why they decided to delve into the world of the broadway musical for material seems to be an absurd reaction. Having said that, it’s to their eternal credit that nothing stinks – the Everly Brothers are one of those rare phenomena’s that can stamp a certain quality mark on anything that they touch – even their vaudevillian quirks are entertaining although probably baffling for their teenage fanbase. Fourteen songs were laid down for the set – an album in two clear halves with the first side marked “For dancing”, and the second marked “For dreaming”. Best of Side A is “Chloe”, as they turn Neil Moret / Gus Kahn’s tune from the 1920s into a bit of a bluesy ballad. The version of “The Wayward Wind” is very well done and fits its dreamy concept tag, as does their pseudo-mariachi rendition of “Love Is Where You Find It”. A certain smash with kissing bandits everywhere. Unfortunately for the Everlys (and for Warner Bros) the days of the film dreamers were a decade or two past…

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A1 [02:12] 5.3.png The Everly Brothers - My Mammy (Walter Donaldson, Samuel M. Lewis, Joe Young) Pop
A2 [02:15] 5.7.png The Everly Brothers - Muskrat (Merle Travis, Tex Ann, Harold Hensley) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
A3 [02:47] 6.0.png The Everly Brothers - My Gal Sal (Paul Dressor) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A4 [02:20] 6.0.png The Everly Brothers - Grandfather’s Clock (Henry Clay Work) Country
A5 [01:59] 5.9.png The Everly Brothers - Bully Of The Town (Traditional, Ike Everly) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
A6 [02:02] 6.8.png The Everly Brothers - Chloe (Neil Moret, Gus Kahn) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A7 [01:48] 5.9.png The Everly Brothers - Mention My Name In Sheboygan (Bob Hilliard, Dick Sanford, Samuel Mysels) Crooner / Cabaret
B1 [01:44] 5.0.png The Everly Brothers - Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo (Tim Kapper, Helen Deutsch) Pop Ballad
B2 [02:20] 6.5.png The Everly Brothers - The Wayward Wind (Herb Newman, Stanley Lebowsky) Country
B3 [03:24] 5.9.png The Everly Brothers - Don’t Blame Me (Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields) Pop Ballad
B4 [02:37] 5.1.png The Everly Brothers - Now Is The Hour (Dorothy Stewart, Clement Scott, Maewa Kaihau) Pop Ballad
B5 [02:21] 5.3.png The Everly Brothers - Little Old Lady (Hoagy Carmichael, Stanley Adams) Pop Ballad
B6 [02:27] 5.7.png The Everly Brothers - When I Grow Too Old To Dream (Sigmund Romberg, Oscar Hammerstein II) Pop Ballad
B7 [01:47] 6.7.png The Everly Brothers - Love Is Where You Find It (Nacio Herb Brown, Earl Brent) Cerebral Pop

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