Friday, March 5, 2010

The Everly Brothers: Manchester Apollo, May 24, 1997

There are precious few live recordings of the legendary Everly Brothers, either on official releases, or in the bootleg world. A recording circulates online from Jones Beach in 1984, on the verge of the release of their great comeback album, EB/84. That tape's a little distant-sounding, but it's a great setlist and performance. But this is a recording I found as a CD-R and have never seen elsewhere. I love the Everlys' classic period, of course -- who doesn't? -- but I really like what came after, too, everything from the mid-'60s on. But this is about as "after" as it gets, at least as far as live recordings that I know of go, and they still sound as great as ever. The setlist, of course, is mostly early hits, but at least they throw in "Bowling Green" from what I'll call the early middle period.

As far as official live albums, The Everly Brothers Show is a great live album from 1970, featuring a wild 18-minute medley that takes in Chuck Berry, Tim Hardin, "Aquarius" from Hair, and Abbey Road's "The End", plus another Beatles cover in "Hey Jude" -- that one in a medley with "Susie Q"! A really interesting, surprising show. The Everlys adapted better to the post-Beatles era than any other '50s artists, perhaps because of their youth, as well as how indebted the Beatles' and Simon and Garfunkel's harmonies were to Don and Phil's. The other live album in release is their Reunion Concert album from 1983, which comes in so many off-brand incarnations I'm not sure which to recommend. Some have annoying breaks between tracks, fading in and out of applause. Others come in two separate "volumes", and then there are abridged versions too. It's a great performance, though, and worth tracking down if you can find a good release.

You'll want to surf on over to Nathan's Rock Moat to find the aforementioned 1984 show. That 1984 show is now here. Meanwhile, enjoy this concert, and rock 'n' roll with The Rare Stuff!


  1. tracklisting

    Guess I'll have to do that after getting it dropped....So I've got a mystery show to deal with....


  2. Show Track Listing is as follows

    1) Green River
    2) Kentucky
    3) Bowling Green
    4) So Dad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)
    5) Claudette
    6) Crying In The Rain
    7) When Will I Be Loved
    8) Ebony Eyes
    9) Bye Bye Love
    10) All I Have To Do Is Dream
    11) Long Time Gone
    12) Blues Stay Away From Me
    13) 'Til I Kissed Her
    14) Walk Right Back
    15) Cathy's Clown
    16) Wake Up, Little Susie
    17) Lucille
    18) Let It Be Me

  3. Rare as chickens teeth on the moon...Thanks so very much..!!!

  4. great site everly brothers are the best

  5. What a great recording!
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