Wednesday, January 28, 2009

(6) Dutch Connection - Blue Diamonds - Rare

Ask me if The Everly Brothers are my favourite duet and I'll say no. In fact they one of the best vocal duets in the 60s but I find The Blue Diamonds more refreshing, vibrant and entertaining on record. Their versatility shows.
I heard 'Ramona' before listening to The Blue Diamonds'. It was slow and boring. Written by Mabel Wayne, Wolfe & Gilbert it was composed to be sung by a 1920s actress Dolores Del Rio. The later Jim Reeves' (He'll Have To go) version was much better but I was pleasantly surprised when I heard the upbeat rendition by The Blue Diamonds. The introduction on muted e-guitar ideally suited this recording of an old hit tune. The abrupt end makes the listener yearn for more.
Strange as it seems this pair recorded all my favourites, 'Pretty Blue Eyes, 'Have I Told You Lately', 'Mr Sandman', 'Lili Marlene' and 'Sukiyaki'.
The brothers musical magic has lasted from the 60s up till today, remembering that they made many pre-war songs popular.
(Image: Courtesy of David Greenfield)


Anonymous said...

To my mind the best vocal duet this side of the Pacific.

Anonymous said...

I understand Vernon Cornelius duets with the brother now.