1001 Albums 0026-0027

Published November 30, 2012

My continued journey through the albums featured in the book
1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

0026 Miriam Makeba: Miriam Makeba (1960)

Like every right-thinking person, I love Miriam Makeba’s 1967 hit recording of ‘Pata Pata’. My parents had the album as well, which I remember as quite enjoyable, not least ‘Click Song Number 1’, which was a “fun” track for me as a child, with all those clicking sounds in Makeba’s vocals.

This album, however... I don’t know. In general I’m not so fond of so-called world music. I find it hard to shake the feeling that I’m supposed to like it because it’s more “rootsy”, “honest” and “real”, than the “clinically” performed and recorded music of Europe and North America. Unfortunately, it has the reverse effect on me. When I listen to this album I find myself longing for some cynical, crassly commercial bubblegum music instead.

Makeba’s voice has incredible warmth, but this is simply not my type of music.

Verdict: The album was pretty much what I expected it to be, but it failed to draw me in.


0027 The Everly Brothers: A Date With The Everly Brothers (1960)

The Everly Brothers were a part of the first wave  of commercially successful rock’n’roll in the late Fifties. The duo inspired everyone from The Beatles to Simon & Garfunkel, and their gorgeous harmonies were applied to a string of classic hit singles well into the Sixties.

This album contains only one of their truly famous tunes - admittedly one of the very best, 'Cathy's Clown' - but it’s nonetheless a solid album with a good choice of songs, not to mention the original version of the super-classic ‘Love Hurts’, later a hit for Roy Orbison, Nazareth and Jim Capaldi.

If you have any room in your heart for The Everly Brothers you will enjoy this album. I’ve mainly heard the hit singles from late Fifties/early Sixties era, so this album was a pleasant surprise for me.

Verdict: I think I still prefer the singles, but I won’t mind hearing this again.