When I Stop Dreaming: The Best of the Louvin Brothers

When I Stop Dreaming: The Best of the Louvin Brothers

by The Louvin Brothers
     
 

Razor & Tie's When I Stop Dreaming: The Best of the Louvin Brothers samples the scope of the brothers' material, both secular and religious, and has the added bonus of Marshall Crenshaw's thoroughly researched capsule history of the Louvins' career. "Knoxville Girl," a country hit, is among the 18 tracks here, but…  See more details below

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Razor & Tie's When I Stop Dreaming: The Best of the Louvin Brothers samples the scope of the brothers' material, both secular and religious, and has the added bonus of Marshall Crenshaw's thoroughly researched capsule history of the Louvins' career. "Knoxville Girl," a country hit, is among the 18 tracks here, but contemporary country fans might be better acquainted with the likes of "If I Could Only Win Your Love," from the Gram Parsons-Emmylou Harris version, or "The Great Atomic Power," from the Uncle Tupelo cover. Of note as well: The Country Music Foundation label's Louvin Brothers entry, Radio Favorites '51-'57, contains the only live recordings of the group -- and potent ones at that.

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In the 1950s, a time when Nashville was beginning to sand off the rough edges of country music and move in a more "modern" and pop-influenced direction, the Louvin Brothers were at once a breath of fresh air and a reminder of the music's Appalachian traditions. The close harmonies of Ira and Charlie Louvin reflected the influence of earlier family harmony acts such as the Delmore Brothers, and Bill and Charlie Monroe, but few (if any) duos in country history brought their voices together with such thrilling and heart-tugging clarity as the Louvins. Whether they were singing about the pain of heartbreak or the trials of sin and redemption, their performances spoke of a plain and unaffected sincerity that's uncommonly moving. Despite the group's importance and lasting influence, When I Stop Dreaming: The Best Of The Louvin Brothers was the first genuinely comprehensive single-disc collection of the duo's most memorable work, and while it focuses strictly on their recordings for Capitol Records without referring to their earlier sides for M-G-M and Decca, only the most rabid completist is likely to mind. The 24 tracks included capture the Louvin Brothers at the very peak of their abilities, and features not only their biggest charts hits but a handful of superb album cuts; if there was ever a best-of album that lived up to its billing, this is it. Beautifully remastered and featuring a fine biographical essay by Marshall Crenshaw, When I Stop Dreaming is the best way to introduce yourself to the Louvin Brothers and their music short of the eight-disc Bear Family anthology Close Harmony; and as a sampler, it's far more affordable (and portable).

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/1995
Label:
Razor & Tie
UPC:
0793018206822
catalogNumber:
82068

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louvin Brothers   Primary Artist
Chet Atkins   Electric Guitar
Hank Garland   Guitar
Don Helms   Steel Guitar
Shot Jackson   Dobro
Harold Bradley   Guitar
Jimmy Capps   Guitar
Floyd Chance   Bass
Ray Edenton   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Buddy Harman   Drums
Eddie Hill   Rhythm Guitar
Ira Louvin   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Charlie Louvin   Guitar,Vocals
Jimmy Riddle   Harmonica
Paul Yandell   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Marvin Hughes   Piano
Howdy Forrester   Fiddle
George W. McCormick   Rhythm Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Lloyd Copas   Guitar
Smiley Wilson   Rhythm Guitar
Victor Battista   Bass

Technical Credits

Marshall Crenshaw   Liner Notes
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Composer
Ken Nelson   Producer
Hugh Wyatt   Producer
Alton Delmore   Composer
Rabon Delmore   Composer
Brigid Pearson   Artwork
Traditional   Composer
Don Winters   Composer
Betty E. Harrison   Composer

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