Friday, February 3, 2017
"Phil & Don": THE WEEKEND MIX
As you may or may not know, I sell records for a living. It's been over ten years since the shop shut its doors, but I continued to make a living selling online, over at your least favorite places like Amazon and eBay, as well as Discogs and a Facebook group I created with my cousin and business partner, called AM/PM Records. (If you'd like to sell your vinyl to me, please don't hesitate to contact me.)
But that's not why I'm here.
I've learned a few things after all these years. It is almost impossible to sell records by Richard Thompson, Mott The Hoople and the Everly Brothers, three of my favorite artists. From what I've been told, people are so turned off by Richard Thompson's voice, they can't get passed it to experience the amazing songwriting and guitar wizardry. Okay. Fair enough, I guess. Mott was two different bands, so it's possible everyone owns "All The Young Dudes" and couldn't care less about anything else. But the Everly Brothers? This bothers me most.
Phil and Don have a deep catalogue that began in the 50's and continued with real quality, right until the end. Their voices remained pure and perfect right through their last performance together. Their records were mostly solid affairs, unlike so many artists of the 50's and 60's, including some big names like the Rolling Stones and The Hollies, who often filled up space with weak originals and covers of the day. This is not to say the Brothers never made a bad record. There were a few. But Phil and Don should not be defined by "Wake Up Little Susie" or "Cathy's Clown," or really any of their hits. The Everlys did much more and yet, stayed current when necessary, got daring occasionally and always boggled your mind with harmonies that were not of this Earth.
I could sell a copy of their 1968 cult classic "Roots," and once in a while, if I price an original Cadence record cheap, it will move with some added pressure. But generally, these amazing records seem to poison my stock.
I just don't get it!
Well, we've done a Mott The Hoople mix, and maybe there will be an RT mix in the future. But today, here are some of my favorite Everlys tunes.
I think their version of "Money" truly rocks.
"It Only Costs A Dime" was a b-side, but can also be found on the terrific "In Our Image" album. And the intro should be familiar to all Elvis Costello fans.
"Green River," not the CCR tune, "Mandolin Wind," the Rod Stewart tune and "I'm Tired Of Singing My Song In Las Vegas," are from the boys criminally underrated cosmic country record, "Stories We Could Tell" on RCA. ("Pass The Chicken & Listen" on RCA, is also great, and needs to be reissued with a better album cover and title.)
There are three from the pop classic, "Two Yanks In England," a record mostly written by Clarke-Nash-Hicks, speaking of The Hollies.
There are a few hits tossed in for consistency, including the closer, "On The Wings Of A Nightingale," a perfect pop gem, penned by Sir Paul McCartney.
Gone, Gone, Gone
Don't Run & Hide
It Only Costs A Dime
Stick With Me Baby
I'm Tired Of Singing My Song In Las Vegas
I've Been Wrong Before
Have You Ever Loved Somebody
On The Wings Of A Nightingale