Satan Is Real/Handpicked Songs 1955-1962

Satan Is Real/Handpicked Songs 1955-1962

by The Louvin Brothers
     
 
The Louvin Brothers had established themselves as one of country music's greatest close harmony acts and passionate defenders of country's formative sound and spirit when, in 1960, they stepped back a bit from the songs of faith and heartache that had made them stars and took on a project that was darker and more personal. Satan Is Real was a collection of

Overview

The Louvin Brothers had established themselves as one of country music's greatest close harmony acts and passionate defenders of country's formative sound and spirit when, in 1960, they stepped back a bit from the songs of faith and heartache that had made them stars and took on a project that was darker and more personal. Satan Is Real was a collection of songs of sin and redemption that dealt in no uncertain terms with the stakes in the war over the human soul, and featured some of the duo's most powerful and heartfelt performances, including "The Kneeling Drunkard's Plea," "The Christian Life," "Satan's Jeweled Crown," "Are You Afraid to Die," and the haunting title cut. It's often cited as the Louvin Brothers' masterpiece, and to commemorate the passing of Charlie Louvin in early 2011, it has been reissued as part of this two-disc memorial package from Light in the Attic. For the second half of the set, 14 artists of note, ranging from Dolly Parton and Kris Kristofferson to Beck, Jim James, and Zooey Deschanel, have chosen their most cherished Louvin Brothers recordings, which appear on Handpicked Songs 1955-1962. There are no duds to be found in this collection -- the Louvins were among Nashville's most consistently strong recording acts in the 1950s and 60s -- but most of the songs that appear here are consistent favorites among the duo's work, and with the exception of "Alabama" (selected by Will Oldham) and "Almost Persuaded" (a version of the Marty Robbins hit chosen by Mark Lanegan), nearly everything here will be found on a good Louvin Brothers "greatest-hits" disc. (And one of the tunes, "Are You Afraid to Die," also appears on Satan Is Real, making it redundant in this release.) The notes on the Handpicked Songs from the artists who programmed them are often insightful and speak to the Louvin Brothers' broad influence, and the beautifully designed package also features a fine biographical essay from Jessica Hundley (as well as session notes that reveal Satan Is Real was recorded in a mere three days). Satan Is Real is a masterpiece that any fan of classic country should own, and this package does it no disservice, but as well intended as the bonus disc may be, it only skims the surface of the highlights of the Louvin Brothers' catalog, and those wanting a concise introduction to their brilliant harmonies are better served with one of two releases from the Australian Raven label -- the collection My Baby's Gone: The Essential Louvin Brothers or their reissue of Satan Is Real, which includes another excellent concept album from the duo, Tragic Songs of Life, as a bonus.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/08/2011
Label:
Light In The Attic
UPC:
0826853007528
catalogNumber:
75
Rank:
137557

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Satan is Real
  2. There's a Higher Power
  3. The Christian Life
  4. The River Jordan
  5. The Kneeling Drunkard's Plea
  6. Are You Afraid To Die
  7. He Can Be Found
  8. Dying From Home, and Lost
  9. The Drunkard's Doom
  10. Satan's Jeweled Crown
  11. The Angels Rejoiced Last Night
  12. I'm Ready To Go Home

Disc 2

  1. Almost Persuaded
  2. My Baby's Gone
  3. The Great Atomic Power
  4. I See a Bridge
  5. Alabama
  6. When I Stop Dreaming
  7. Low and Lonely
  8. Knoxville Girl
  9. Scared of the Blues
  10. Don't Laugh
  11. You're Running Wild
  12. Are You Afraid To Die
  13. Cash On the Barrel Head
  14. I Wish It Had Been a Dream

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louvin Brothers   Primary Artist
Chet Atkins   Electric Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Grandpa Jones   Banjo
Jordanaires   Choir, Chorus
Don Helms   Steel Guitar
Cowboy Copas   Guitar
Owen Bradley   Vibes
Jimmy Capps   Guitar
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Buddy Harman   Drums
Eddie Hill   Guitar
Ira Louvin   Mandolin,Vocals
Charlie Louvin   Guitar,Vocals
Jimmy Riddle   Harmonica
Paul Yandell   Guitar
Howdy Forrester   Fiddle
Marvin H. Hughes   Organ,Piano
William Paul Ackerman   Drums
George W. McCormick   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Walter L. "Hank Sugarfoot" Garland   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar
Junior Huskey   Bass
Floyd T. Lightnin' Chance   Bass
Harold Ray Bradley   Guitar
Harold B. "Shot" Jackson   Dobro

Technical Credits

Anita Carter   Composer
Joe Allison   Liner Notes
Ray Edenton   Composer
Eddie Hill   Composer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Composer
Ken Nelson   Producer
Helen Carter   Composer
William R. Eastabrook   Cover Photo
Buddy Bain   Composer
Ella Barrett   Composer
Faye Cunningham   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Revin "Rebe" Gosdin   Composer
Matt Sullivan   Executive Producer,Reissue Producer
Josh Wright   Executive Producer
Hazel Houser   Composer
Donnie Winters   Composer
Edgar Edens   Composer
Jessica Hundley   Liner Notes
June Carter   Composer
Lloyd Jenkins   Composer

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