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Monday, March 10, 2014

New Release from Varèse Sarabande Records

New Release from Varèse Sarabande Records and Universal Music Distribution

Available March 11th, 2014 

Pure, haunting, meditative, somber, simple and classic: The Everly Brothers’ 1958 Songs Our Daddy Taught Us made a seminal artistic statement without pretension. A concept album before there was such thing; a return to basics before rock music had even matured. It all came naturally to Don and Phil Everly, the chart-topping brothers, recording stars aged just 21 and 19 respectively.

Every extant session tape from the August 1958 sessions for Songs Our Daddy Taught Us was reviewed for this reissue. Alternate takes of four of the songs – “Roving Gambler,” “Down In The Willow Garden,” “Barbara Allen,” and “Put My Little Shoes Away” – were selected as bonus tracks and are all, heretofore, unissued. Of particular note are rough early takes of “Down In The Willow Garden,” the first of which shows producer Archie Bleyer experimenting with incorporating electric instrumentation into the sessions. Bleyer ultimately thought the better of it and stayed true to the original concept of presenting the songs and performances in their purest form.

Track List:
1 Roving Gambler
2 Down in the Willow Garden
3 Long Time Gone
4 Lightning Express
5 That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine
6. Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet
7 Barbara Allen
8 Oh So Many Years
9 I'm Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail
10 Rockin' Alone (In an Old Rockin' Chair)
11 Kentucky
12 Put My Little Shoes Away

Bonus Tracks:
13. Roving Gambler (Take 1 - previously unissued)
14. Down In The Willow Garden (Take 1 electric - previously unissued)
15. Down In The Willow Garden (Take 2 alternate arrangement - previously unissued)
16. Barbara Allen (Take 1 false start - previously unissued)
17. Barbara Allen (Take 2 - previously unissued)
18. Put My Little Shoes Away (Take 1 - previously unissued)

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