12 Songs, 24 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This Everly Brothers compilation came out in 1959 and covers the early hits they recorded for Cadence Records. Short in length (no tune plays over the 2:25 mark), The Everly Brothers’ Best makes for the ultimate introduction to the songs that made Don and Phil Everly legends in both the country and rock ‘n’ roll realms. It opens with 1957’s “Bye Bye Love” where you can immediately hear the magical close-harmonies that could only come from siblings. Audiophiles will dig that these recordings were revived from the original two-inch-wide studio tapes, and not the half-inch secondary masters — so songs like the intimate “I Wonder If I Care As Much” and the rockabilly tinged “Bird Dog” sound like they’re being performed right in front of you. And the production was engineered with attention paid to the advent of stereophonic sound (two-channel mixing surfaced in 1958), so if you’re listening to these songs through earbuds you can really hear the hard pans on each side. Along with the pristine recording quality you also get to hear what Nashville’s A-list session musicians sounded like in the ‘50s.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This Everly Brothers compilation came out in 1959 and covers the early hits they recorded for Cadence Records. Short in length (no tune plays over the 2:25 mark), The Everly Brothers’ Best makes for the ultimate introduction to the songs that made Don and Phil Everly legends in both the country and rock ‘n’ roll realms. It opens with 1957’s “Bye Bye Love” where you can immediately hear the magical close-harmonies that could only come from siblings. Audiophiles will dig that these recordings were revived from the original two-inch-wide studio tapes, and not the half-inch secondary masters — so songs like the intimate “I Wonder If I Care As Much” and the rockabilly tinged “Bird Dog” sound like they’re being performed right in front of you. And the production was engineered with attention paid to the advent of stereophonic sound (two-channel mixing surfaced in 1958), so if you’re listening to these songs through earbuds you can really hear the hard pans on each side. Along with the pristine recording quality you also get to hear what Nashville’s A-list session musicians sounded like in the ‘50s.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

Grimmbo ,

"Well; Susie; Baby; Looks Like We Goofed Again!"

.."Hey; Bird Dog; Get Away From My Chick!"..Well; They don't write songs like that anymore! ("Wake Up; Little Susie" was "Banned In Boston!")-And no one wears their hair in a "Waterfall Pompador" anymore; Either!-Don & Phil Everly literally "Grew Up In The Business!"; So it was no surprise to their Daddy or "Uncle Chet" Atkins; When their first Singles & Albums took off and "Sold Like Hotcakes!"-Much Touring; Recording & Writing nearly did them in; But they "Soldiered On" and gained a whole new audience in the 70's with their underated Televsion Show!-Gorgeous Harmonies; Catchy Tunes; Stellar Session Players & Classic Good Looks all added up to The Everly Brothers "At Their Very Best!"-Bona Fide "Rock And Roll Originators"; The Everlys were a huge influence on so many Singer/Songwriter Teams: Lennon&McCartney; Simon&Garfunkel; Nick Lowe&Elvis Costello and The Judds!...by Grimmbo.

beatlebum13 ,

A Great Best Of...

Once again, further errors from iTunes. Only this time it's a rather small one. This is the original compilation from 1959, all you have to do is switch tracks 5 and 6 around to get the original playing order. Also, for those who have not seen lately, iTunes has finally taken off the clean rating that has plagued this album, their self titled, and The Fabulous Style Of. One can only wonder why the rating was there in the first place. Great comp of their early hits. Perhaps not a thorough outlook, but lovely none the less.

rbchdude ,

R.I.P. Phil Everly

It's another sad day in the history of rock and roll as Phill joins all those you left before him to join the greatest bandever in heaven. IMHO, The Everly Brothers and Rick Nelson are the most overlooked and forgotten hall of famers. Let's hope future music lovers don't make that same mistake. Their blend of country and folk into early rock and roll= rockabillyand it still influences real musicians today. RIP Phil.

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