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Country Love Ballads/Ira and Charlie
     

Country Love Ballads/Ira and Charlie

by The Louvin Brothers
 
Born in the lower reaches of Appalachia in eastern Alabama, Ira and Charlie Louvin brought gospel-fed mountain harmonies to the country table when they made the switch from gospel to secular material, and their close harmony approach (Charlie generally sang the lead lines with Ira adding a high harmony) became the model for later successful vocal

Overview

Born in the lower reaches of Appalachia in eastern Alabama, Ira and Charlie Louvin brought gospel-fed mountain harmonies to the country table when they made the switch from gospel to secular material, and their close harmony approach (Charlie generally sang the lead lines with Ira adding a high harmony) became the model for later successful vocal duos like the Everly Brothers. No vocal duo before or since, however, has ever come close to matching the edgy and intangible intensity of Ira and Charlie's singing, which reached into the heart and soul of everything they touched. This set combines two of their Capitol LPs, 1958's Ira and Charlie and 1959's Country Love Ballads, on a single disc and throws in six additional bonus tracks from the same era. The singing is wonderful and the arrangements are appropriately spare, which gives the brothers plenty of space to explore the ins and outs and sometimes tragic consequences of falling and being in love. Highlights here include the beautiful "If I Could Only Win Your Love" (which became Emmylou Harris' first solo hit in a later cover version), the blunt "My Heart Was Trampled on the Street," the desperately resigned "Have I Stayed Away Too Long," and a wonderful version of "Tennessee Waltz" that brings out the deep regrets and loneliness that are at the heart of the song. It's all fairly seamless, and without looking at the track listing, it's impossible to tell where one LP ends and the other begins. It's the Louvin Brothers singing love songs as if the world itself was tentatively hanging by a thread, which means this stuff is darn near timeless.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2008
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657028322
catalogNumber:
283
Rank:
186381

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louvin Brothers   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Gene Autry   Composer
Jimmie Davis   Composer
Hank Locklin   Composer
Hank Thompson   Composer
Freddie Hart   Composer
Pee Wee King   Composer
Redd Stewart   Composer
Jimmy Wakely   Composer
Johnny Bond   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
George H. Clutsam   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Keith Glass   Liner Notes
Zeke Manners   Composer
Jimmy Work   Composer
Peter Shillito   Concept
Jimmy Rule   Composer
Dell Shirley   Composer
Ella Barrett   Composer
Wally Fowler   Composer
Clark VanNess   Composer

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