September 24, 1979 12:00 PM

Phil Everly

The Everly Brothers ranked near Elvis and Buddy Holly among the white popularizers of rock’n’roll in the mid-’50s and early ’60s, even if their hits—which included Wake Up Little Susie, All I Have to Do Is Dream and Cathy’s Clown—were on the countrified sweet side. But Don and Phil didn’t crack the Top 10 after 1962. Then in 1973 they broke up—very publicly, onstage at Knott’s Berry Farm in California. (“Personal problems involving our private lives and our families,” Phil explains.) Phil had since cut three previous solo LPs that didn’t bother anyone and had a small role in the Clint Eastwood-Sandra Locke film Every Which Way But Loose. Phil, now 40, wrote the imaginatively varied tunes on this album. He dabbles in disco on I Just Don’t Feel Like Dancing and gets honky-tonkish on Buy Me a Beer, but his voice, still frail and haunting, goes best with the bluesier Charleston Guitar. There are also a few bittersweet moments when, by overdubbing, Phil harmonizes with his own lead and manages to sound like the Everly Brothers all by himself.

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