THE EVERLY BROTHERS ‘Down In The Bottom: The Country Rock Sessions 1966-68’ 3CD


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With the widespread rise in popularity of Americana music as a genre, now seems a good time to reappraise and re-establish one of the first true Country Rock albums – the 1968 Everly Brothers album Roots. This box set presents the build-up story to this landmark album.

With an Americana music pedigree born of their Appalachia roots The Everly Brothers ably crossed over from the pop charts to the country music charts during their hit-making heyday. . RPM focusses on the  period when the Everlys recorded mostly in Los Angeles rather than Nashville with the duo searching for a musical direction. Eventually achieving a musical cohesiveness with the release of Roots.

Disc 1 presents the The Hit Sound album, recorded from December 1966 onwards, with contemporary rock’n’roll and pop covered in Everlys harmony style updated with the cream of the LA session crew including Glen Campbell, Larry Knechtel, Ray Pohlman, Hal Blaine.

Disc 2 presents the Sing album, the Everlys and their label Warner’s response to the prevailing ‘youthquake’ band sound straddling the transatlantic.  That same month in 1967 Warner released albums by The Beau Brummels, Electric Prunes, & Jimi Hendrix in the US.

Disc 3 presents the Roots album, again with the Wrecking Crew aided by Van Dyke Parks and James Burton. The Everlys took the chance to pay homage to their country roots with songs by contemporary country writers Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell, George Jones as well as more from their own pen. In addition amongst the bonus tracks here, from the November 1968 sessions held after Roots, are Neil Young’s Mr Soul and Dolly Parton’s In The Good Old Days. Unreleased for 40 years. Two more songs from Ron Elliott and one from Randy Newman are on Roots.