“Instant Party!” by The Everly Brothers - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1962Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

Undaunted by the commercial failure of the preceding LP, the Everly Brothers pressed ahead with a repeat dose of pop standards and selections from Broadway and film musicals, only occasionally tinged with a hint of the teen spirit of ’58. The split from manager Wesley Rose continued to have implications and, with this in mind, the brothers used a pseudonym, Jimmy Howard, for their one new song, “Step It Up And Go” – notably a return to their Rock n Roll style. Dad (Ike Everly) seemed to become adept in “the art of rewriting traditionals” which was certainly quite handy at this time. One track really stands out for me – the cover of “Trouble In Mind” (originally done as “Trouble In Mind Blues” by Thelma La Vizzo in 1924) is an inspired choice, and keeps the boys with at least a foot in the “hip cred” camp. For the first time though, some of the material starts to wear a little thin. Album closer “When It’s Night Time In Italy It’s Wednesday Over Here” is a bit of skiffle kitsch which is unbecoming. We’re deep in Guy Mitchell and Frankie Laine territory with that one. The boys were just about to serve for Uncle Sam, opting for a joint stint together in the Marine Corps. Seems to me like it was a good time for a break…

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A1 [01:57] 5.2.png The Everly Brothers - Step It Up And Go (Don Everly, Phil Everly) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
A2 [02:40] 5.4.png The Everly Brothers - Theme From ‘Carnival’ (Love Makes The World Go Round) (Bob Merrill) Pop Ballad
A3 [02:19] 5.9.png The Everly Brothers - Jezebel (Wayne Shanklin) Pop
A4 [02:03] 5.5.png The Everly Brothers - True Love (Cole Porter) Pop Ballad
A5 [03:17] 4.9.png The Everly Brothers - Bye Bye Blackbird (Mort Dixon, Ray Henderson) Country
A6 [02:02] 4.2.png The Everly Brothers - When It’s Night Time In Italy It’s Wednesday Over Here (Lew Brown, James Kendis) Pop
B1 [02:07] 4.8.png The Everly Brothers - Oh! My Papa (O Mein Papa) (Paul Burkhard, Geoffrey Parsons, John Turner) Pop Ballad
B2 [02:30] 7.8.png The Everly Brothers - Trouble In Mind (Richard Myknee Jones) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B3 [02:54] 4.2.png The Everly Brothers - Autumn Leaves (Joseph Kosma, Jacques Prévert, Johnny Mercer) Pop Ballad
B4 [01:49] 4.5.png The Everly Brothers - Long Lost John (Traditional, Ike Everly) Country
B5 [02:15] 5.1.png The Everly Brothers - The Party’s Over (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jules Styne) Country
B6 [02:02] 4.3.png The Everly Brothers - Ground Hawg (Traditional, Ike Everly) Country

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