Less and Less and I Don't Love You Anymore/Lonesome Is Me

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Charlie Louvin's first two solo albums, 1964's awkwardly titled Less and Less and I Don't Love You Anymore and 1966's Lonesome Is Me, are combined onto one CD on this British reissue with the addition of historical liner notes. Both albums signify his transition from the down-home rootsy country-folk he'd sung with the Louvin Brothers to much smoother, mainstream Nashville country. Less and Less and I Don't Love You Anymore is the more notable of the pair, in part for the inclusion of two Top Ten country singles, the title track and "See the Big Man Cry." Louvin also reached back to the past to remake the Louvin Brothers' "Plenty of Everything But You." But though ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Charlie Louvin's first two solo albums, 1964's awkwardly titled Less and Less and I Don't Love You Anymore and 1966's Lonesome Is Me, are combined onto one CD on this British reissue with the addition of historical liner notes. Both albums signify his transition from the down-home rootsy country-folk he'd sung with the Louvin Brothers to much smoother, mainstream Nashville country. Less and Less and I Don't Love You Anymore is the more notable of the pair, in part for the inclusion of two Top Ten country singles, the title track and "See the Big Man Cry." Louvin also reached back to the past to remake the Louvin Brothers' "Plenty of Everything But You." But though that and a couple other songs were penned by the Louvin Brothers or (in the case of "What Can Any Man Do") brother Ira Louvin, for the most part he turned to outside material by the likes of Roger Miller (whose "Less and Less" gave Charlie a mild country hit), Buck Owens, Bill Anderson, and Ed Bruce. Though some of the songs are rather forgettable subdued Nashville country-pop, Louvin did offer some spunk and modest honky tonk moves, especially on the most sardonic cut, "I Don't Want It." Lonesome Is Me finds his roots in the Louvin Brothers getting watered down yet more into adequate mid-'60s country-pop without many characteristics of note, not only because of the absence of fraternal vocal harmonies, but also for the less exciting material and approach. Louvin himself did little writing (penning one tune on his own and co-writing another), some of the other songs being contributed by esteemed country writers like Ed Bruce and Justin Tubb. The energy level really rises, though, on the sole (if midsize) country hit on the LP, "You Finally Said Something Good," which is a pretty lively, bouncy kiss-off of a honky tonker. One wishes he'd dipped into that bag more often on that record, though one other song, the tuneful and bittersweet Bruce-written title track, certainly sounds like it should have been a hit.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2009
  • Label: Hux Records
  • UPC: 682970000992
  • Catalog Number: 99
  • Sales rank: 100,851

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charlie Louvin Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Bill Anderson Composer
Ed Bruce Composer
Buck Owens Composer
Johnny Russell Composer
Roger Miller Composer
Larry Lee Composer
Del Reeves Composer
Justin Tubb Composer
Jerry Crutchfield Composer
Buck Graves Composer
Ira Louvin Composer
Charlie Louvin Composer
Bob Morris Composer
Liz Anderson Composer
Tony Moon Composer
Bobby Sykes Composer
Ellen Reeves Composer
Moneen Carpenter Composer
George Winters Composer
Gene Strasser Composer
James R Wasdin Composer
George Winters Composer
Fred Massey Composer
Ellen Reeves Composer
Billy J Smith Composer
Glenn D. Tubbs Composer
Vonie Morrison Composer
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