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The best vocal duo in the history of country music? Few would argue with brothers Charlie and Ira Louvin. Their close harmonies, recorded in the '50s and early '60s, provided the bridge between earlier country brother acts such as the Blue Sky Boys and the later slick pop sounds of the Everly Brothers and even Simon and Garfunkel. From their start, the Louvin Brothers garnered a reputation for their passionate way with gospel material. Ira's pleading high tenor and frequent sermonettes lent urgency to their Pentecostal message of fire and brimstone. SATAN IS REAL, complete with tales of fear, sin, and gutter-scraping repentance, became the Louvins' best-known and most influential gospel album after its 1959 release. The brothers had traded Ira's mandolin for a more contemporary electric guitar, but their trademark vocal delivery remained center stage on songs such as "The River of Jordan," The Carter Family's "The Kneeling Drunkard's Plea," and the scathing title cut. Unlike most country gospel recordings of the day, SATAN IS REAL focused primarily on new songs, several of which have become standards of the genre. "The Christian Life" was reborn when the Byrds recorded it on SWEETHEART OF THE RODEO. "Satan's Jeweled Crown" and "Dying from Home, And Lost" have also enjoyed a life of their own. But in the end, it is these inspired versions by the Louvin Brothers that continue to make SATAN IS REAL one of the great moments in the history of country gospel music. Karl Hagstrom Miller
Performance CreditsLouvin Brothers Primary Artist
Technical CreditsJoe Allison Liner Notes
Eddie Hill Composer
Ira Louvin Arranger,Composer
Charlie Louvin Arranger,Composer
Ken Nelson Producer
Charles K. Wolfe Liner Notes
John Johnson Reissue Producer
Edgar L. Edens Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Tired of Rock'n'roll, soul, ambient,jazz? Need something with a twist and an endearing reality. Try this. It was recorded in 1960, though the album cover looks like Iron Maiden's Number of the beast. The Louvin Brothers are phenomenal. Bluegrass and southern. Twere music ta take up snakes by.