ARTIST: The Louvin Brothers
TITLE: The Louvin Brothers Collection
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Charted: When I Stop Dreaming (#8 Country), I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby (#1 Country), Hoping That You’re Hoping (#7 Country), You’re Running Wild (#7 Country), Cash on the Barrelhead (#7 Country), Don’t Laugh (#11 Country), Plenty of Everything but You (#14 Country), My Baby’s Gone (#9 Country), Knoxville Girl (#19 Country), I Love You Best of All (#12 Country), How’s the World Treating You (#26 Country), Must You Throw Dirt on My Face (#21 Country)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: The River of Jordan, The Great Atomic Power, In the Pines, The Christian Life.
LINEUP: Ira Louvin, Charlie Louvin, others
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Career compilation of the great gospel / country / bluegrass singing duo. It misses a couple of important tracks, but it’s the best one streaming.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The Louvin Brothers are one of the landmark groups in American music, influencing countless artists in several genres. Their harmonies, anchored by Charlie’s baritone allowing Ira’s high tenor to soar, are legendary. Ira’s mandolin picking is also impressive.
Many know them for the album Satan Is Real (or the album cover) which I will cover later. This collection showcases their move from strictly gospel and church music toward murder ballads and standard country love songs. Their best known later song, “The Great Atomic Power”, is a warning about the nuclear age.
What this collection doesn’t have are a couple of key tracks. especially “Broadminded”, which was their first recording that had an impact. Most all of their albums are streaming, and all of their material is out there somehow. I just wish this collection had more in one place.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: If you don’t know the Louvin Brothers story, find a copy of Charlie’s autobiography. Basically, Ira was the devil on earth while he was singing about the Lord.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: A-: The music’s an A, but the choices bring this one down.