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

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

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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… See more details below

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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+)

Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2003
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0044003862821
catalogNumber:
000045802
Rank:
84871

Tracks

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

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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
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   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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