Everly Brothers: Stories We Could Tell (LP) 1972

Everly Brothers
Stories We Could Tell
RCA Victor 4620
rating: *** (noteworthy)





Before splitting for solo careers, the Brothers recorded two sets in the early ’70s, the Chet Atkins-produced 1973 Nashville album Pass the Chicken and Listen and this set from 1972. Recorded in John Sebastian’s living room, this featured some of the countless artists the Brothers had influenced (Delaney Bramlett, Clarence White, Ry Cooder, Warren Zevon, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Chris Etheridge and many others).




This starts with a Bramlett song that sounds too much like the inferior folk rock from this era (which of course the Brothers played a big part in creating).  Fortunately, the set improves as it progresses.


The set features two Everly originals, as well as versions of Rod Stewart’s “Mandolin Wind” and Jesse Winchester’s “The Brand New Tennessee Waltz.”  While the straight-forward country of their final album was more enjoyable, this still has plenty of charm.

— winch