Picks and Pans Review: Eb '84

updated 10/15/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/15/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The Everly Brothers

Every once in a while in pop music there is a magical confluence: the right performers doing the right music with the right support. This album, which can be listened to, danced to, reminisced to and just plain marveled at, is one of those minor miracles. It is the first studio album by Don Everly, 47, and Phil, 45, since 1973, following their emotional reunion—both as performers and brothers—last winter. The harmonies that put them among the most influential early rock acts are now richer and deeper. The spirit is more controlled. The voices and tones are informed by all the success, pain and confusion in their lives since their first hit, Bye Bye Love, in 1957. Don wrote three of the tracks on this album, including the touching Asleep. But there are also songs by Everlyphile Paul McCartney (On the Wings of a Nightingale, a lyrical soft rocker), Frankie Miller (the driving Danger, Danger), ELO's Jeff Lynne (the introspective The Story of Me), Paul Kennerley (The First in Line) and Bob Dylan (Lay Lady Lay, delightful in this cover version). British rocker Dave Edmunds, an Everly disciple, produced the album with restraint and a touch of genius; it sounds exactly the way you'd expect the old boys to sound grown up, with a kind of adult rockabilly tinge. Edmunds himself and Albert Lee on guitar, Pete Wingfield on keyboards, Lynne on bass and Terry Williams on drums are among the splendid studio musicians. Their contributions are substantial. But the triumph belongs to the Everlys. If you have to make only one album every 10 years, this is the one you want to make. (Polygram)

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