The Everly Brothers Sing - Warner Brothers - 1967
"The Everly Brothers Sing" from 1967 is probably the closest brothers got to recording a pop-psych album, with "Turtles" vocals and flower-power arangements. Five of the album's songs were written by bassist Terry Slater, who comes out as a competent, though not a particularly original songwriter. He is the man behind the album's absolute highlight, the hit-single "Bowling Green ". "Bowling Green" is nicely arranged and besides having a nice catchy melody it is well suited to the brothers' voices. Most of Slater's other songs are arranged in the aforementioned pop-psych style - none of them, however, really succeed manages to stand out. The strongest is probably "Talking To The Flowers".
The brothers temselves have written ithe up-beat pop song "I Do not Want to Love You ", which is very cute, but really not more than that. Don Everly's own "It's All Over" is available here in a remake which does not exceed the original version from "In Our Image ".
Album last three tracks appear somewhat misplaced. They are well-known song from other contexts and stylewise they slightly miss the overall approach of the album.
"Somebody Help Me" is a Spencer Davis hit, which incidentally also is found the brothers' previous album. "A White Shade of Pale" is an honest attempt to give different interpretation of one of that year's big numbers. "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" shows great vocal strength and versatility, but it's hardly a genre duo will be remembered for.
Although the album definitely has its moments, it should probably be counted among the brothers' least interesting, which it very tame album title nicely indicates.