I've gone to Everly Bros. Shows for 35 years.....
Gandalf T. Grey | Hernando, Florida United States | 06/04/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I can remember seeing them at the Bitter End on Bleeker Street in Greenwich Village so close I could touch them, and at The Westbury Music fair in the round.........Even though they've changed the phrasing on a couple of their songs, and it's not quite the way they did it on the record, the Everly Brothers are living Rock and Roll legends that cannot be replaced by anyone, and seeing them in person, or even here on DVD, is a wonderful experience.....Two points: first, to sing the same songs for 40 years, night after night, and often not being allowed to grow past those sacred hits can take a lot out of any musician, and singing into that same mike every night, with the same guy and the same songs can really take a toll on any relationship......of course the people in the audience only care about hearing their favorite songs the way they remember them, and are unaware, (as they should be) that they sang the same set the same way last night and every night for the past 40 years.....it gets to youSecond, in any relationship, often one dominates and the other doesn't, and when that happens over and over and you don't just work together but you're family as well, well Don still sees Phil as his baby brother, and now that both men are in their 50's.....it's easy to see why the split up happened.....(The Beatles were destined for the same thing as soon as Brian Epstein was lost...no buffer)All that in mind, I bought this the second I saw it......the sound is OK, but not as good as you would have liked, because the band and the background music was not what they deserved......and the boys are older, as are we all, and time has a way of......And you could see that at this point, there was still some tension between these two wonderful musicians......For the record, the last time I saw them, years after this show, the tension was gone, they were having fun again, and you could tell that both they, and the world around them, had accepted that these weren't just the Everly Brothers, but that these were the ONLY two EVERLY BROTHERS in the universe, and they finally had, and realized they had, all the respect they deserved."
There were TWO reunion concerts!!!
R.Foekens | The Netherlands | 03/20/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Most of us seem to have forgotten that back in 1983 actually 2 concerts were played: both on 22nd and 23rd September The Everly Brothers played at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The several CD releases are recordings of one these concerts, but this DVD release is the other show! So, no complaints about this release as being "incomplete" or whatever......
Just compare the songs to the ones on the CD's, and you'll find out that these are different recordings. Both the DVD and the CD's state September 23rd as date of recording, but one of them must be wrong.
Differences can be heard clearly on Don's solo singing parts: Cathy's Clown and Love Is Strange are obvious examples. Even Bye Bye Love is treated differently by Don in his second solo part.
So get hold of this film! By doing so, you get a hold on the first or second reunion concert! (I honestly can't tell which concert is 23rd September or not...)
Futhermore, just watch Don and Phil looking at each other during Let It Be Me.....how close to perfect harmony can you get?? Well, this actually IS perfect harmony! Enjoy!"
The Everly Brothers Deserve Better
Michael Holdridge | Syracuse, NY | 03/03/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The Everly Brothers have been on my best-loved list since the late 50s and I thoroughly enjoyed the VHS version of their heralded Reunion Concert. I couldn't wait for the new DVD technology to catch up with this great show. Upon watching this DVD version for the first time I can only express my disappointment in the sound and picture quality. The Everly Brothers were in A-1 form, their British fans pretty much sat on their hands, and the sound and picture quality were awful. Don't waste your money on the DVD -- buy the VHS version and ENJOY!!!"
Truly their best sounding live concert!
Rizzo | Denver, CO | 02/16/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Filmed in Albert Hall in London in the mid 80s, this reunion tour was a magical night while the delicate harmony of the brothers was perfect. The song versions are very close to originals. Conversations were low-key and, they still both looked handsome.
Along with the classics, they perform medly of the beautiful music from the CD Songs Our Daddy Taught Us which is a wonderful soothing collection of very early folk, traditional songs. Their daddy, musician Ike Everly, performed many years ago. But if ever their voices harmonize well, it is with those old folk tales.
No other duo has ever evoked such vocal purity as the Everlys. They sound as one, even though there lies that distinction in their voices. And no performance they will ever do will compare to this reunion at Albert Hall. The two looked great! ......MzRizz"