The Everly Brothers: Don Everly, Phil Everly.
Compilation producers: Bill Inglot, Gary Stewart.
Digitally remastered by Bill Inglot & Ken Perry (K-Disc, Los Angeles, California).
Perhaps only Simon & Garfunkel can compare to the beautiful tenor duo of Phil and Don Everly. A cogent mix of pop, early rock & roll, and Hank Williams-influenced country twang, the music of the Everly Brothers dominated the airwaves in the late 1950s with hits such as "Bye Bye Love," "Wake Up, Little Susie," "Bird Dog," and the wistful "All I Have to Do Is Dream." (The latter being one of the most enchanting songs in pop history.)
Overall, this collection represents an innocent, yet indelible, time for pop music, and the Everly Brothers' infectious hooks and refined vocal harmonies wonderfully characterize this era. Always melodic and hopelessly romantic, their songs, including "Devoted to You" and the gorgeous 12/8 ballad "Love of My Life," stand in stark contrast to the beat-oriented eroticism of modern chart-toppers. Roy Orbison's rocker "Claudette" and the folksy "I'm Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail" round out this magnificent 20-song set.