ARTIST: The Louvin Brothers
TITLE: Satan Is Real
YEAR RELEASED: 1959
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: River of Jordan
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: The Christian Life, The Kneeling Drunkard’s Play
LINEUP: Ira Louvin, Charlie Louvin, George McCormick, Jimmy Capps, Paul Yandell, Ray Edention, Marvin Hughes, Lighnin’ Chance, Buddy Harman
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The gold standard of country-gospel close harmony.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Hey, many of us listen to music where the artist professes things that are against our personal beliefs. (Yeah, I listen to some OLDER Ted Nugent, for instance, when he was just an idiot who hunted and screwed groupies – and that’s different than the R. Kelly stuff in so many ways.) So don’t dismiss this record or the Louvin Brothers because this is all Fire and Brimstone.
Also, a lot of people have rated this highly – it was the hip thing to do for a while. Mainly due to Ira’s wreck of a life and the cover did it get attention.
Love it for what it is. A perfectly arranged and sung album and a concept album. Follow God, don’t drink, stay true, or you will meet Satan. Of course, Ira Louvin wasn’t quite all about that, but I think he really really believed in the material. You can tell there is a passion and conviction in the performances and the songs.
Just listen to the soaring voices in the chorus of “I’m Ready to Go Home”, which is a deep cut. That’s enough for me.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This album was recoreded in 1958 as part of sessions to record two Louvin Brothers. They took seven days to do 20 tracks.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE A+: I know it’s the thing to do, rate this an A+. But it deserves it.