Tragic Songs Of Life/Satan Is Real

Tragic Songs Of Life/Satan Is Real

by The Louvin Brothers
     
 

If the Louvin Brothers weren't the greatest harmony duo in the history of country music, their serious rivals were few and far between, and their best recordings are among the most emotionally resonant in American roots music. The Louvin Brothers also had a talent for concept albums that was unusual among country acts in the '50s and early '60s, and two of their very… See more details below

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If the Louvin Brothers weren't the greatest harmony duo in the history of country music, their serious rivals were few and far between, and their best recordings are among the most emotionally resonant in American roots music. The Louvin Brothers also had a talent for concept albums that was unusual among country acts in the '50s and early '60s, and two of their very best LPs have been paired up on a single CD from the Australian Raven label. 1956's Tragic Songs of Life certainly lived up to its title, featuring classic murder ballads such as "The Knoxville Girl" and "Mary of the Wild Moor" side by side with more contemporary tales of heartbreak and poor fortune like "I'll Be All Smiles Tonight" and "What Is Home Without Love." While these songs could be pure bathos in less skillful hands, Ira and Charlie's crystalline harmonies and unforced sincerity find a rich vein of compassion in this music, and Ira's superb mandolin solos add to the eloquence of the melodies. 1960's Satan Is Real raises the stakes on the passion and force of Tragic Songs of Life, and it features some of the most intense and plain-spoken bluegrass-gospel ever committed to tape. Satan Is Real deals in no uncertain terms with the divide between good and evil and the notion that Satan is to be feared just as much as the Lord is to be embraced. "The Christian Life," "Are You Afraid to Die" and the title cut are ardent and powerful songs written by the Louvins themselves, and even if you don't share their Christian faith, the depth and genuine belief of this music is undeniable. As a bonus, Raven has closed out this disc with four additional songs, which thankfully lighten the mood with the rock & roll-influenced "Red Hen Hop" and the swaying "Blue from Now On"; the booklet also includes the original liner notes for both LPs. Tragic Songs of Life and Satan Is Real are the two best albums of the Louvin Brothers' career (though A Tribute to the Delmore Brothers is a close third), and this disc contains nearly 80 minutes of superlative music from two of country's most iconic artists; anyone not familiar with this music ought to treat themselves to this disc at their earliest convenience.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/17/2007
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657025727
catalogNumber:
257
Rank:
224675

Tracks

  1. Kentucky
  2. I'll Be All Smiles Tonight
  3. Let Her Go, God Bless Her
  4. What Is Home Without Love
  5. A Tiny Broken Heart
  6. In the Pines
  7. Alabama
  8. Katie Dear
  9. My Brother's Will
  10. Knoxville Girl
  11. Take the News to Mother
  12. Mary of the Wild Moor
  13. Satan Is Real
  14. There Is a Higher Power
  15. The Christian Life
  16. The River of Jordan
  17. The Kneeling Drunkard's Plea
  18. Are You Afraid to Die
  19. He Can Be Found
  20. Dying from Home, And Lost
  21. The Drunkard's Doom
  22. Satan's Jeweled Crown
  23. The Angels Rejoiced Last Night
  24. I'm Afraid to Go Home
  25. Blue from Now On
  26. Red Hen Hop
  27. Read What's in My Heart
  28. My Heart Was Trampled on the Street

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