Tragic Songs of Life [Gusto]

Tragic Songs of Life [Gusto]

by The Louvin Brothers


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Country music has produced no finer duo than Ira and Charlie Louvin in their prime. The nasal twang in their soaring harmonies is the prototypical sound of country harmony singing. As instrumentalists, Ira was a superb mandolin player and Charlie a peerless rhythm guitarist. As songwriters, they revealed themselves to be men of deep religious conviction who saw the world in largely tragic terms and found their greatest comfort in memories of home and family, while rarely succumbing to overwrought sentimentality. TRAGIC SONGS OF LIFE, a 1996 reissue of the Louvins' original 1956 album, is exactly as its title indicates: stark, sad tales of souls adrift in time, their homes only a memory, their friends and family suffering through death and deprivation. Highlights include the beautiful "Alabama," a somber paean to the brothers' home state and its natural beauty, and "Knoxville Girl," the murder ballad that became a hit single. Capitol Nashville has reissued three Louvin Brothers albums in their original configurations (including what must be country's first concept album, the cautionary epic SATAN IS REAL -- you can guess what this one's about and how cheery the subject matter must be), but in theme and execution, TRAGIC SONGS OF LIFE had the greatest and most lasting impact on musicians who followed the Louvins into the commercial arena.

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Release Date: 06/17/2003
Label: Gusto
UPC: 0792014010525
catalogNumber: 105
Rank: 68914

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