Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Livin', lovin', and losin' were persistent themes in the songs that Louvin brothers Ira and Charlie wrote and covered. Fear of God is the missing element in the title to this tribute set, but not in the stirring duet tracks here. Dolly Parton and Sonya Isaacs team up on a keening rendition of the beautiful "The Angels Rejoiced," and Pam Tillis sings the forthright choruses of "Keep Your Eyes on Jesus" in between Johnny Cash's rumbling readings from Scripture; those cuts bookend "Let Us Travel, Travel On," a bluegrass barn burner pairing Marty Stuart and Del McCoury in fervent two-part harmony. On the lovin' and losin' side, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell harmonize ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Livin', lovin', and losin' were persistent themes in the songs that Louvin brothers Ira and Charlie wrote and covered. Fear of God is the missing element in the title to this tribute set, but not in the stirring duet tracks here. Dolly Parton and Sonya Isaacs team up on a keening rendition of the beautiful "The Angels Rejoiced," and Pam Tillis sings the forthright choruses of "Keep Your Eyes on Jesus" in between Johnny Cash's rumbling readings from Scripture; those cuts bookend "Let Us Travel, Travel On," a bluegrass barn burner pairing Marty Stuart and Del McCoury in fervent two-part harmony. On the lovin' and losin' side, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell harmonize beautifully on the poignant "My Baby's Gone," and James Taylor and Alison Krauss deliberately work through the heartbreak of "How's the World Treating You." Picking up the pace, Vince Gill and Terri Clark swing their way through the infectious shuffle of "I Can't Keep You in Love with Me." Patty Loveless and Jon Randall offer up the gentle bluegrass ballad "Are You Teasing Me," complete with high-lonesome harmonies and deep conviction. And for sheer good fun, impressive newcomer Joe Nichols and bluegrass stalwart Rhonda Vincent set the woods on fire with their red-hot opening track, the venerable "Cash on the Barrelhead." Elsewhere, Merle Haggard, Ronnie Dunn, Linda Ronstadt, and Glen Campbell, among others, turn in impeccable readings of powerful texts. Too many dubious tributes have come down the pike in recent years, but Livin', Lovin', Losin' is not one of them.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The songs of Charlie and Ira Louvin had an otherworldly edge. They were successful during their era, the 1950s and early '60s, for a reason: They offered a view of life, love, loss, and the ever-present and eerie power of a god just beyond the pale with genuine wonder, fear, and pathos. Performed by superstars, legends, and others, most of the 16 tracks on Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers add nothing to the originals, but there are some fine performances here. The James Taylor/Alison Krauss reading of "How's the World Treating You" is smooth, but keeps the uneasy tension of the original. The Merle Haggard/Carl Jackson read of "Must You Throw Dirt in My Face" sticks very close to the Louvins'. Its heartbreak and controlled anger is at the heart of the tune and expressed with just the right touch of bewilderment. "When I Stop Dreaming" by Glen Campbell and Leslie Satcher is one of the watershed cuts here. Its expression of desperation and desire is past merely poetic; it drips tears like blood and is the finest recorded Campbell vocal performance in more than a decade. Dolly Parton and Sonya Isaacs turn in easily the most authentic performance on the set with "The Angels Rejoiced." Their vocal nuances and tight harmony keep the edgy Louvin Brothers delivery at the forefront of the song, making it one of those truly scary gospel tunes. Pam Tillis, Johnny Cash, and the Jordanaires deliver "Keep Your Eyes on Jesus" with a mixture of new interpretation and fiery old country gospel that marks the split in personality this recording embodies so well. It works, mostly because of Cash's apocalyptic reading from the Bible and Tillis' earnest, yearning in her vocal.
Entertainment Weekly - Chris Willman
A harmonic feast. (B+)

A harmonic feast. (B+)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2003
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 044003862821
  • Catalog Number: 000045802
  • Sales rank: 5,102

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro to Charlie and Ira (0:26)
  2. 2 Cash on the Barrelhead - Joe Nichols & Rhonda Vincent (3:17)
  3. 3 My Baby's Gone - Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell (3:31)
  4. 4 How's the World Treating You - Alison Krauss & James Taylor (3:18)
  5. 5 I Can't Keep You in Love With Me - Vince Gill & Terri Clark (2:58)
  6. 6 Must You Throw Dirt in My Face - Carl Jackson (2:51)
  7. 7 If I Could Only Win Your Love (2:34)
  8. 8 When I Stop Dreaming - Leslie Satcher (4:00)
  9. 9 I Wish You Knew (2:27)
  10. 10 The New Partner Waltz - Carl Jackson (2:50)
  11. 11 Are You Teasing Me (3:02)
  12. 12 I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby (2:40)
  13. 13 You're Running Wild - Jerry Salley (2:40)
  14. 14 The Angels Rejoiced (2:38)
  15. 15 Let Us Travel, Travel On - Marty Stuart (2:39)
  16. 16 Keep Your Eyes on Jesus - The Jordanaires (3:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alison Krauss Vocals
Del McCoury Vocals
Marty Stuart Mandolin, Vocals, Electric Drums
Rhonda Vincent Vocals
Glen Campbell Vocals
Johnny Cash Vocals
Rodney Crowell Vocals
Merle Haggard Vocals
Emmylou Harris Vocals
Patty Loveless Vocals
Dolly Parton Vocals
Pam Tillis Vocals
The Jordanaires Background Vocals
Linda Ronstadt Vocals
James Taylor Vocals
Matt Rollings Piano
Glen Duncan Fiddle
Larry Cordle Vocals
Harley Allen Vocals
Bruce Bouton Pedal Steel Guitar
Mike Bub Bass
Terri Clark Vocals
J.T. Corenflos Electric Guitar
Ronnie Dunn Vocals
Vince Gill Vocals
Emory Gordy Bass
Kevin Grantt Bass
David Harvey Mandolin
Carl Jackson Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Percussion, Vocals, Gut String Guitar, Soloist, Fills
Martin Parker Drums
Adam Steffey Mandolin
Steve Turner Drums
Roy Huskey Jr. Bass
Pamela Brown Hayes Vocals
Jon Randall Vocals
Joe Nichols Vocals
Jerry Salley Vocals
Tony Creasman Drums
Sonya Isaacs Vocals
Randy Kohrs Dobro
Kathy Louvin Vocals
Leslie Satcher Vocals
Jim VanCleve Fiddle
Rebecca Lynn Howard Vocals
Dierks Bentley Vocals
Catherine Marx Piano
Mike Johnson Pedal Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Del McCoury Contributor
Bill Anderson Composer
Chet Atkins Composer
Jim Brady Vocal Engineer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Bridgette Bryant Composer
Ray Edenton Composer
Carl Jackson Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Engineer, Song Notes
Susan Levy Art Direction
Ira Louvin Composer
Charlie Louvin Composer
Dave Pomeroy Tic Tac
Autry Inman Composer
Beth Middleworth Art Direction
Kathy Louvin Executive Producer
John Carter Cash Vocal Engineer
Luke Wooten Engineer, Vocal Engineer
John "Babbacombe" Lee Engineer
Tom Wilmeth Liner Notes
Hazel Houser Composer
Don Winters Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Songs Of The Louvin Brothers - Livin', Lovin', Losin',

    I was excited to hear “Songs of the Louvin Brothers”, a tribute album featuring the works of legendary old time country duo, Charlie and Ira Louvin. I was impressed with the consistency of Carl Jackson’s production, the songs seemed to all work well together. Also, there is a nice line up of country stars, some of my favorites being: Terri Clark, Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard, Dierks Bentley, and Johnny Cash. Tracks: “How’s the world treating you”, “Must you throw dirt in my face”, “I don’t believe you’ve met my baby”, and “Keep your eyes on Jesus” were my favorite cuts off of the album, and I would highly recommend them. Overall, this cd is a wonderful tribute collection, containing soothing vocal melodies of traditional and bluegrass country that will appeal to country music lovers young as well as old.

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