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A Date with The Everly Brothers

by Bill Biss
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Thursday May 2, 2013
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Nowadays, it’s really not a case of "anything you can do, I can do better." The roots and branches of American pop, rock and soul are deeply engrained in one way or another in the popular and successful musical artists of today. When The Chapin Sisters decided to honor the musical legacy of the legendary duo known as The Everly Brothers, you can bet the two weren’t going to mess around. Not only did they meticulously study The Brothers Everly but also The Chapin Sisters did all the primary recording of 14 of the most memorable and classic selections in one day. Lily Chapin sings "Don’s parts" and Abigail Chapin handles "Phil" in the higher registers. This puts the philosophy of "you want to be the best, learn from the best" to good use.

Recording that many songs in one day was only one very crucial piece of "A Date with The Everly Brothers." The recorded tracks [with a who’s who of the finest studio musicians] went to four different sound boards with four different masterminds of mixing manning the controls, including Abigail and Lily’s father Tom Chapin. There may be some people that scratch their heads and moan, "Why go backwards for material when it’s obvious that The Chapin Sisters excel at original harmonies and melodies of their own making?" The answer is simple... because they can and because the opportunity for two women to tackle the exceptional and stunning vocal work of two men is challenging and ultimately rewarding at the same time. Let alone, the songs themselves such as "Cathy’s Clown," "All I Have to Do is Dream," or "Till I Kissed You" and "When Will I Be Loved" are the very finest pop songs ever composed. Settle in and give a spin to "A Date with The Everly Brothers" and enjoy this musical gift from brothers to sisters and back again.

"A Date with The Everly Brothers"
The Chapin Sisters
CD
Lake Bottom Records

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