50 Songs, 2 Hours 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This stellar collection could be all the Everly Brothers you’ll ever need. It boasts 50 songs that were tracked when the Everlys hit their stride, though some fans believe the duo’s 1950s Cadence Records recordings to be their peak. The first half of Walk Right Back focuses on American and English hits — the most recognizable being “Cathy’s Clown” which still resonated with 1950s tones, and of course the Sonny Curtis-penned title track as well as the tragic teen drama of “Ebony Eyes” and the Everly's first foray into Brill Building pop, “Crying In The Rain.” Standout album tracks include covers of classic Boudleaux Bryant ballads “Love Hurts” and “Sleepless Nights.” The second half opens with “The Price of Love” which was a bigger hit with 1965’s swinging London set as it grooved on the kind of R&B mod kids loved. Even though their mainstream popularity waned Stateside and they became a fan’s band by the end of the ‘60s, songs like “Bowling Green” and a psychedelic version of Jimmy Rodgers’ “T for Texas” have aged remarkably well, while helping pioneer country rock.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This stellar collection could be all the Everly Brothers you’ll ever need. It boasts 50 songs that were tracked when the Everlys hit their stride, though some fans believe the duo’s 1950s Cadence Records recordings to be their peak. The first half of Walk Right Back focuses on American and English hits — the most recognizable being “Cathy’s Clown” which still resonated with 1950s tones, and of course the Sonny Curtis-penned title track as well as the tragic teen drama of “Ebony Eyes” and the Everly's first foray into Brill Building pop, “Crying In The Rain.” Standout album tracks include covers of classic Boudleaux Bryant ballads “Love Hurts” and “Sleepless Nights.” The second half opens with “The Price of Love” which was a bigger hit with 1965’s swinging London set as it grooved on the kind of R&B mod kids loved. Even though their mainstream popularity waned Stateside and they became a fan’s band by the end of the ‘60s, songs like “Bowling Green” and a psychedelic version of Jimmy Rodgers’ “T for Texas” have aged remarkably well, while helping pioneer country rock.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

JohnBro24 ,

Lesser-known Everly Classics

Back in the 90's, when I was looking for a good "Best of..." Everlys collection on CD, I first bought the "Cadence Classics" CD. Later, though, I bought this 2-CD set to fill in the few Everly Brothers hits (at least, the ones I was aware of) that came after their move to Warner. Over the years, as much as I still love the "Cadence Classics", I've been a surprised to find that it's this collection of songs that is a little more my "go-to" choice when I'm feeling in the mood for some Everlys. I love the variety and growth that's displayed over the breadth of this generous collection. 50 Everly Brothers songs = lots of good stuff!

ONE NOTE: I noticed when sampling some of these songs on iTunes that the version of the Mel Tillis-penned "Stick With Me Baby" (which is one of my all-time favorites) is different from the one that appears on the CD set. I think this might be the version that appears as "Stick With Me Babey (#1)" on the "Price of Fame" import box set. It's an interesting take on the song, but loses much of the energy and pop that the finished version possesses.

Derek Evan DJ Singer ,

Great Collection of Songs, however...

As an Everly Brothers fan, I definitely enjoyed listening to this collection of songs that they released on the Warner Brothers label. I believe that all of their Top 40 hits from their Warner Brothers days are included here, and with all the other songs that are included as well, it's definitely a great buy for the price! However, I must question the selection process that was used when determining which songs to include. For instance, if you study over the complete Everly Brothers singles discography, you'll find that a good number of their Warner Brothers singles are not included in this collection, even several singles that hit the Billboard charts. However, many obscure b-sides, album tracks, and unreleased tracks are included instead. I can't understand the logic in that. I feel that an Everly Brothers Warner Brothers compilation should include ALL their charting singles from that label. Obscure B-sides and album tracks should have only been thrown in if there was still room. I think the producer may have chosen songs that he or she personally liked, instead of the songs that truly should have been included.

wnewfmer ,

Claudette was on the Cadence label...

Claudette was released by the Everly Brothers in April 1958 on the Cadence label, two years before they signed with Warner Brothers. That's why it's not on this CD....

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