Category: The Louvin Brothers

The Louvin Brothers – Satan Is Real

ARTIST: The Louvin Brothers        220px-satan_is_real (1)

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.

The Louvin Brothers – The Louvin Brothers Collection 1949-62

ARTIST: The Louvin Brothers                mi0004010765

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.