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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
While the Bear Family label in Germany has accomplished many formidable feats -- four Johnny Cash box sets, six Hank Snow boxes, four Flatt & Scruggs boxes, and on and on -- the accomplishment in putting together this eight-CD 219-track collection of Louvin Brothers recordings may be the label's finest hour. If there were ever a duo that embodied the entirety of the country tradition from its folk music and gospel roots through the development of bluegrass and into honky tonk music, it was the Louvins, who have inspired virtually everyone who has come after them. Charlie and Ira took harmony singing to a new level and the creation of full-length albums far out of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
While the Bear Family label in Germany has accomplished many formidable feats -- four Johnny Cash box sets, six Hank Snow boxes, four Flatt & Scruggs boxes, and on and on -- the accomplishment in putting together this eight-CD 219-track collection of Louvin Brothers recordings may be the label's finest hour. If there were ever a duo that embodied the entirety of the country tradition from its folk music and gospel roots through the development of bluegrass and into honky tonk music, it was the Louvins, who have inspired virtually everyone who has come after them. Charlie and Ira took harmony singing to a new level and the creation of full-length albums far out of the sphere of one or two singles and filler. Whether it be in the duets of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton, Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, or the alt-country band Freakwater, the Louvins are in the stem. Here are contained all of their Capitol, Decca, MGM, and Apollo sides. All of the concept recordings, such as Satan Is Real, Tragic Songs of Life, and the rest, are here in chronological order, with complete session notes. In merely listing the personnel, the reader will be awed at who performed with them: Owen Bradley, Pete Drake, Don Helms, Chet Atkins, Grandpa Jones, Dale Potter, Buddy Harman, Jimmy Capps, and the Jordanaires, to name just a few. Fred Rose was their producer, along with Bradley. And then the songs -- whether they be traditional Christmas songs like "O Little Town of Bethlehem," broken-hearted love songs such as "I Hear You've Been Cheatin' on Me" and "Love Is a Lonely Street," patriotic anthems such as "I Died for the Red, White and Blue," or gospel songs like "Mother I Thank You for the Bible You Gave Me," the restless, lonesome ghostly sound of sweetness itself is present. It's true that this is mainly for the fanatics, but it's also for libraries and historians of the music, and for those who can't get enough of Gram and Emmylou or real country music. This set is a treasure. Period.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/26/1994
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127155610
  • Catalog Number: 15561
  • Sales rank: 67,807

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Alabama (3:02)
  2. 2 Alabama (2:53)
  3. 3 Seven Year Blues (2:52)
  4. 4 (I'm Changing the Words to) My Love Song of You (2:48)
  5. 5 The Get Acquainted Waltz (2:36)
  6. 6 Weapon of Prayer (2:55)
  7. 7 They've Got the Church Outnumbered (2:41)
  8. 8 Do You Live What You Preach (2:53)
  9. 9 You'll Be Rewarded over There (2:27)
  10. 10 I'll Live With God (To Die No More) (3:03)
  11. 11 Robe of White (2:39)
  12. 12 The Great Atomic Power (2:48)
  13. 13 Insured Beyond the Grave (2:41)
  14. 14 The Gospel Way (2:44)
  15. 15 The Sons and Daughters of God (2:35)
  16. 16 Broad Minded (2:32)
  17. 17 The Family Who Prays (2:56)
  18. 18 I Know What You're Talking About (2:37)
  19. 19 Let Us Travel On (2:23)
  20. 20 I Love God's Way of Living (2:55)
  21. 21 Born Again (2:25)
  22. 22 Preach the Gospel (2:28)
  23. 23 From Mother's Arms to Korea (2:51)
  24. 24 If We Forget God (2:37)
  25. 25 Satan and the Saint (2:24)
  26. 26 Satan Lied to Me (2:23)
  27. 27 God Bless Her ('Cause She's My Mother) (2:33)
  28. 28 Last Chance to Pray (2:39)
Disc 2
  1. 1 No One to Sing for Me (2:55)
  2. 2 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (2:50)
  3. 3 Nearer, My God, To Thee (2:48)
  4. 4 Make Him a Soldier (2:38)
  5. 5 I Can't Say No (2:36)
  6. 6 Just Rehearsing (2:37)
  7. 7 Love Thy Neighbor as Thy Self (2:40)
  8. 8 Where Will You Build (2:37)
  9. 9 Pray for Me (2:55)
  10. 10 When I Stop Dreaming (2:31)
  11. 11 Pitfall (2:08)
  12. 12 Alabama (2:46)
  13. 13 Memories and Tears (2:23)
  14. 14 Don't Laugh (2:34)
  15. 15 I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby (2:09)
  16. 16 Childish Love (2:35)
  17. 17 In the Middle of Nowhere (2:17)
  18. 18 Hoping That You're Hoping (2:37)
  19. 19 The First One to Love You (2:41)
  20. 20 I Cried After You Left (2:18)
  21. 21 That's All He's Asking of Me (2:42)
  22. 22 I'll Be All Smiles Tonight (3:15)
  23. 23 In the Pines (3:15)
  24. 24 What Is Home Without Love (3:03)
  25. 25 Mary of the Wild Moor (3:14)
  26. 26 Knoxville Girl (3:51)
  27. 27 Kentucky (2:41)
  28. 28 Katie Dear (2:32)
Disc 3
  1. 1 My Brother's Will (3:18)
  2. 2 Take the News to Mother (2:49)
  3. 3 Let Her Go, God Bless Her (2:57)
  4. 4 A Tiny Broken Heart (2:34)
  5. 5 Plenty of Everything But You (2:29)
  6. 6 Cash on the Barrelhead (2:44)
  7. 7 You're Running Wild (2:18)
  8. 8 The New Partner Waltz (2:23)
  9. 9 I Won't Have to Cross Jordan Alone (2:28)
  10. 10 Praying (2:41)
  11. 11 Wait a Little Longer, Please Jesus (2:48)
  12. 12 This Little Light of Mine (2:32)
  13. 13 I Steal Away and Pray (2:33)
  14. 14 There's No Excuse (3:02)
  15. 15 Are You Washed in the Blood (2:26)
  16. 16 Lord, I'm Coming Home (3:15)
  17. 17 Thankful (2:57)
  18. 18 Take Me Back into Your Heart (2:46)
  19. 19 Here Today and Gone Tomorrow (2:20)
  20. 20 We Could (2:14)
  21. 21 Tennessee Waltz (2:27)
  22. 22 Too Late (3:06)
  23. 23 Are You Teasing Me (2:55)
  24. 24 Nobody's Darling But Mine (2:44)
  25. 25 Don't Let Your Sweet Love Die (2:37)
  26. 26 I Wonder Where You Are Tonight (2:42)
  27. 27 Why Not Confess (2:34)
  28. 28 Making Believe (2:21)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Have I Stayed Away Too Long (2:30)
  2. 2 Call Me (2:20)
  3. 3 I Wish You Knew (2:26)
  4. 4 Dog Sled (2:35)
  5. 5 When I Loved You (2:40)
  6. 6 My Baby's Gone (2:46)
  7. 7 She Didn't Even Know I Was Gone (2:23)
  8. 8 My Baby Came Back (2:15)
  9. 9 Are You Wasting My Time (2:03)
  10. 10 My Curly Headed Baby (2:30)
  11. 11 Lorene (2:04)
  12. 12 I Wish It Had Been a Dream (2:32)
  13. 13 While You're Cheating on Me (2:04)
  14. 14 If I Could Only Win Your Love (2:23)
  15. 15 You're Learning (2:23)
  16. 16 Blue from Now On (2:16)
  17. 17 Today (2:28)
  18. 18 My Heart Was Trampled on the Street (2:31)
  19. 19 Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On (2:21)
  20. 20 On My Way to the Show (2:08)
  21. 21 Read What's in My Heart (2:14)
  22. 22 Red Hen Hop (2:41)
  23. 23 She Will Get Lonesome (2:24)
  24. 24 I Wonder If You Know (3:19)
  25. 25 Blue (2:20)
  26. 26 The Angels Rejoiced Last Night (2:21)
  27. 27 Dying from Home, and Lost (2:49)
  28. 28 Satan's Jeweled Crown (2:59)
  29. 29 The River of Jordan (2:17)
Disc 5
  1. 1 I'm Ready to Go Home (3:13)
  2. 2 The Kneeling Drunkard's Plea (2:54)
  3. 3 Satan Is Real (3:03)
  4. 4 The Christian Life (2:19)
  5. 5 Are You Afraid to Die (2:37)
  6. 6 He Can Be Found (2:16)
  7. 7 There's a Higher Power (2:24)
  8. 8 The Drunkard's Doom (3:17)
  9. 9 I See a Bridge (2:42)
  10. 10 Just Suppose (2:57)
  11. 11 The Stagger (2:15)
  12. 12 Nellie Moved to Town (2:48)
  13. 13 What a Change One Day Can Make (2:28)
  14. 14 Ruby's Song (2:26)
  15. 15 The Last Old Shovel (2:25)
  16. 16 Midnight Special (2:44)
  17. 17 Brown's Ferry Blues (2:55)
  18. 18 Southern Moon (2:42)
  19. 19 Sand Mountain Blues (2:34)
  20. 20 Nashville Blues (2:37)
  21. 21 Blues Stay Away from Me (3:25)
  22. 22 When It's Time for the Whippoorwill to Sing (2:19)
  23. 23 Put Me on the Train to Carolina (3:11)
  24. 24 Freight Train Blues (2:58)
  25. 25 Weary Lonesome Blues (2:46)
  26. 26 Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar (2:52)
  27. 27 It's Christmas Time (2:57)
  28. 28 Santa's Big Parade (2:02)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Love Is a Lonely Street (2:44)
  2. 2 If You Love Me Stay Away (2:15)
  3. 3 I Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow (3:00)
  4. 4 I Love You Best of All (3:00)
  5. 5 I Can't Keep You in Love With Me (2:43)
  6. 6 Scared of the Blues (2:11)
  7. 7 I Have Found the Way (2:28)
  8. 8 He Set Me Free (2:26)
  9. 9 Kneel at the Cross (2:37)
  10. 10 Leaning on the Everlasting Arms (2:25)
  11. 11 O Why Not Tonight? (3:21)
  12. 12 You Can't Find the Lord Too Soon (1:58)
  13. 13 Keep Your Eyes on Jesus (3:13)
  14. 14 Almost Persuaded (3:32)
  15. 15 I Feel Better Now (2:31)
  16. 16 O Who Shall Be Able to Stand (3:30)
  17. 17 If Today Was the Day (2:09)
  18. 18 You'll Meet Him in the Clouds (2:30)
  19. 19 You'll Meet Him in the Clouds (2:39)
  20. 20 Away in a Manger (2:21)
  21. 21 The Friendly Beasts (3:06)
  22. 22 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (2:23)
  23. 23 Good Christian Men, Rejoice (3:01)
  24. 24 While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (2:28)
  25. 25 The First Noel (3:30)
  26. 26 It Came upon a Midnight Clear (3:05)
Disc 7
  1. 1 O Come All Ye Faithful (2:48)
  2. 2 O Little Town of Bethlehem (2:31)
  3. 3 Silent Night (2:57)
  4. 4 Deck the Halls (1:55)
  5. 5 Joy to the World (1:51)
  6. 6 It Hurts Me More (The Second Time Around) (2:25)
  7. 7 How's the World Treating You (2:36)
  8. 8 Every Time You Leave (2:42)
  9. 9 Time Goes So Slow (2:27)
  10. 10 I Died for the Red, White and Blue (3:08)
  11. 11 From Mother's Arms to Korea (2:13)
  12. 12 Searching for a Soldier's Grave (3:09)
  13. 13 At Mail Call Today (3:00)
  14. 14 Soldier's Last Letter (3:32)
  15. 15 There's a Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere (3:07)
  16. 16 There's a Grave in the Wave of the Ocean (2:59)
  17. 17 Mother I Thank You for the Bible You Gave Me (2:41)
  18. 18 The Great Atomic Power (2:43)
  19. 19 A Seaman's Girl (3:21)
  20. 20 Robe of White (2:37)
  21. 21 The Weapon of Prayer (3:16)
  22. 22 Broken Engagement (2:53)
  23. 23 The First Time in Life (2:38)
  24. 24 There Is No Easy Way (2:39)
  25. 25 Love Turned to Hate (2:50)
  26. 26 Must You Throw Dirt in My Face (2:38)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Great Speckled Bird (3:03)
  2. 2 Wabash Cannonball (3:01)
  3. 3 Lonely Mound of Clay (4:00)
  4. 4 Wreck on the Highway (3:26)
  5. 5 Wait for the Light to Shine (2:11)
  6. 6 Low and Lonely (2:16)
  7. 7 We Live in Two Different Worlds (2:37)
  8. 8 The Precious Jewel (3:54)
  9. 9 The Great Judgement Morning (3:38)
  10. 10 Branded Wherever I Go (2:02)
  11. 11 Not a Word from Home (2:26)
  12. 12 Stuck up Blues (2:18)
  13. 13 Don't Let Them Take the Bible Out of Our School Rooms (3:03)
  14. 14 I'm Glad That I'm Not Him (1:51)
  15. 15 A Message to Your Heart (2:26)
  16. 16 Thank God for My Christian Home (3:31)
  17. 17 I'll Never Die (1:56)
  18. 18 The Price of the Bottle (2:39)
  19. 19 I've Known a Lady (2:06)
  20. 20 He Included Me (2:16)
  21. 21 Keep Watching the Sky (2:11)
  22. 22 Now Lord, What Can I Do for You (2:44)
  23. 23 Way Up On the Mountain (2:17)
  24. 24 Gonna Shake Hands With Mother over There (2:48)
  25. 25 He Was Waiting at the Altar (2:54)
  26. 26 Oh Lord, My God (3:23)
  27. 27 What Would You Give in Exchange for My Soul (3:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Louvin Brothers Primary Artist
Chet Atkins Electric Guitar
Floyd Cramer Piano
Hank Garland Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Grandpa Jones Banjo
The Jordanaires Vocals
Pete Drake Steel Guitar
Don Helms Steel Guitar
Shot Jackson Dobro
Harold Bradley Acoustic Guitar, Bass
Owen Bradley Vibes
Paul Buskirk Mandolin
Jimmy Capps Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Lightnin' Chance Bass
Ray Edenton Guitar, Tenor Banjo
Buddy Harman Drums
Eddie Hill Fiddle, Guitar
Roy M. "Junior" Husky Bass
Ira Louvin Mandolin, Leader, Vocals, Guitar (Tenor)
Charlie Louvin Guitar, Vocals
Jimmy Riddle Harmonica
Paul Yandell Guitar
Dale Potter Fiddle
Thomas Lee Jackson Jr. Fiddle
Marvin H. Hughes Organ, Piano
William Paul Ackerman Drums
Odell Martin Guitar, Electric Guitar
George W. McCormick Guitar, Baritone (Vocal), Vocal Harmony
Faye Cunningham Vocals
Smiley Wilson Guitar
Jerry Byrd & the String Dusters Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Felix Mendelssohn Composer
Burl Ives Composer
John Fogerty Composer
Jason Becker Composer
Jim Nabors Composer
Henry Paul Composer
Franz Gruber Composer
Bridgette Bryant Composer
Homer "Bill" Callahan Composer
Roy Carter Composer
David Freeman Illustrations
David Gedge Composer
Henry Glover Composer
Eddie Hill Composer
Bob Jones Mastering
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Ira Louvin Composer
Charlie Louvin Composer
Ken Nelson Producer
Wayne Raney Composer
Johnny Rivers Composer
Fred Rose Producer
Jim Scott Composer
Guy Smith Composer
Isaac Watts Composer
Mark Wilder Disc Dub
Brad Benedict Illustrations
Walter "Joe" Callahan Composer
Charles K. Wolfe Liner Notes, Illustrations
Lowell Mason Composer
Charles Wesley Composer
Alton Delmore Composer
Rabon Delmore Composer
The Clarks Composer
Hoffmann Nienburg Artwork
Richard Weize Reissue Producer
Frederick Oakeley Composer
John Francis Wade Composer
Dennis Turner Composer
Tom Ramsey Composer
Richard Storrs Willis Composer
Joseph Mohr Composer
Phillip Brooks Composer
Edmund Hamilton Sears Composer
William Sandys Composer
Traditional Composer
Charles E. Durham Composer
Revin "Rebe" Gosdin Composer
Manfred Bersebach Illustrations
Paul Cohen Producer
Lewis Redner Composer
Jenkins Composer
W. Fowler Composer
F. Jenkins Composer
J. R. Murray Composer
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