“The Lost Boys: Hard-To-Find ’80s LPs” gives you exactly what the title implies: a rare or out-of-print album or EP from the ’80s in its entirety. Some will be from CD, but most will have been lovingly transferred from pristine vinyl culled directly from the Analog Kid’s vast collection. Whatever album I choose, it will be one that you can’t easily find for sale on Amazon or in the iTunes store. Death…by stereo!
The Everly Brothers broke up in the early ’70s, and they barely spoke to each other for almost ten years. Phil & Don finally reunited for a reunion concert in 1983, and their subsequent studio album EB 84 produced the minor hit “On The Wings Of A Nightingale” (written by Everly fanatic Paul McCartney).
Their next release was 1986’s Born Yesterday, a great pop/country album produced by Dave Edmunds. My mother had always loved the Everly Brothers, and I discovered that she had purchased the Born Yesterday LP on one of my weekends home from college. I took a listen, and was surprised how much I immediately liked it– “Amanda Ruth” was instantly catchy, and I loved their cover of Dire Straits’ “Why Worry.” I’m not always a fan of Dave Edmunds’ production skills, but he did a great job modernizing the band’s sound without compromising the beauty of Phil and Don’s legendary harmonies.
Born Yesterday received mostly positive reviews upon its release, but the album didn’t sell very well (it peaked at #83 on the Billboard album chart). The brothers only recorded one more album together (1989’s Some Hearts), but they do still occasionally perform live shows.
There was an actual CD pressing of Born Yesterday after its release, but it has been out of print for years and is now very hard to come by. As of this writing, an obviously deranged reseller is asking $3,773.28 for a copy on Amazon. The Analog Kid is happy to offer you a free listen from his CD copy, with the hope that you might enjoy this lost classic as much as I do.
The Everly Brothers: Born Yesterday
Mercury Records, 1986
1. “Amanda Ruth” (Kinman/Kinman)
2. “I Know Love” (Neary/Photoglo)
3. “Born Yesterday” (Everly)
4. “These Shows” (Goin/Lee)
5. “Arms Of Mary” (Sutherland)
6. “That Uncertain Feeling” (Gould)
7. “Thinkin’ ‘Bout You” (Burnette/Henley)
8. “Why Worry” (Knopfler)
9. “Abandoned Love” (Dylan)
10. “Don’t Say Goodnight” (Neary/Photoglo)
11. “Always Drive A Cadillac” (Raspberry)
12. “You Send Me” (Cooke)
The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.
The Everly Brothers: “On The Wings Of A Nightingale” (McCartney)
From the album EB 84
Mercury Records, 1984
Rank And File: “Amanda Ruth” (Kinman/Kinman)
From the album Sundown
Slash Records, 1982
Dire Straits: “Why Worry” (Knopfler)
From the album Brothers In Arms
Warner Brothers Records, 1985