Picture of the Everly Brothers Rock and roots icons Don and Phil Everly made vocal harmony magic over several decades... They also recorded some fine solo albums, as seen below. Here's a quick look at their solo stuff... Reviews of the Everly Brothers duo are also linked to...

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Don Everly "Brother Jukebox" (ABC/Hickory, 1977)
An endearing, if sometime rickety, country-rock solo album... Going all-out country/countrypolitan on this one, Don hits a home run with the title track -- his definitive rendition of Paul Craft's "Brother Jukebox" has one of the greatest singalong country choruses ever committed to wax, and remains one of my favorite lost-nugget twang-tune oldies... The rest of the album is much iffier, though, with Everly straining at the edges on more than a few of these songs, especially the more sensitive, emotive ballads. Still, it's worth it for the one song, and intriguing for devoted Everly fans and idle bystanders as well...

Don Everly & Phil Everly "Rare Solo Classics" (Curb, 1991)
This is a much-welcome sifting-through of Don & Phil's various solo efforts... The songs alternate, odd-even, odd-even, Phil-Don, Phil-Don, and provides an interesting constrast, helping piece out the different inclinations that helped shape the Everly Brothers sound. In general, Phil tended towards more ornate, strained pop ballads, material that seems perpetually ready to collapse under its own weight, then turns around and delivers the delicate beauty that he was reaching for... Phil also was more susceptible to the jittery influences of '70s disco, while Don paid adherence to their rootsier side -- country twang and burly R&B. True, he also drifted into poppier material -- and arguably did it less well than Phil -- but when the steel guitars chime in, it's generally on a Don Everly tune. This is a valuable collection -- sure, most of it you have to work to appreciate, but many songs are surprisingly moving. Rather than track down all the out-of-print LPs, you can check this out and get a pretty good sense of where the brothers went, when they went their separate ways. The only real downside is that the scant liner notes don't tell where (or when) each song comes from... that would have been useful, but alas, was not to be. Still, if it includes "Brother Jukebox," I'm a happy camper.

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