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by The Louvin BrothersThe Louvin Brothers

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While the Bear Family label in Germany has accomplished many formidable feats -- four Johnny Cash box sets, six Hank Snow boxes, four Flatt & Scruggs boxes, and on and on -- the accomplishment in putting together this eight-CD 219-track collection of Louvin Brothers recordings may be the label's finest hour. If there were ever a duo that embodied the entirety of the country tradition from its folk music and gospel roots through the development of bluegrass and into honky tonk music, it was the Louvins, who have inspired virtually everyone who has come after them. Charlie and Ira took harmony singing to a new level and the creation of full-length albums far out of the sphere of one or two singles and filler. Whether it be in the duets of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton, Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, or the alt-country band Freakwater, the Louvins are in the stem. Here are contained all of their Capitol, Decca, MGM, and Apollo sides. All of the concept recordings, such as Satan Is Real, Tragic Songs of Life, and the rest, are here in chronological order, with complete session notes. In merely listing the personnel, the reader will be awed at who performed with them: Owen Bradley, Pete Drake, Don Helms, Chet Atkins, Grandpa Jones, Dale Potter, Buddy Harman, Jimmy Capps, and the Jordanaires, to name just a few. Fred Rose was their producer, along with Bradley. And then the songs -- whether they be traditional Christmas songs like "O Little Town of Bethlehem," broken-hearted love songs such as "I Hear You've Been Cheatin' on Me" and "Love Is a Lonely Street," patriotic anthems such as "I Died for the Red, White and Blue," or gospel songs like "Mother I Thank You for the Bible You Gave Me," the restless, lonesome ghostly sound of sweetness itself is present. It's true that this is mainly for the fanatics, but it's also for libraries and historians of the music, and for those who can't get enough of Gram and Emmylou or real country music. This set is a treasure. Period.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/26/1994
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127155610
catalogNumber: 15561


Disc 1

  1. Alabama
  2. Alabama
  3. Seven Year Blues
  4. (I'm Changing the Words to) My Love Song of You
  5. The Get Acquainted Waltz
  6. Weapon of Prayer
  7. They've Got the Church Outnumbered
  8. Do You Live What You Preach
  9. You'll Be Rewarded over There
  10. I'll Live With God (To Die No More)
  11. Robe of White
  12. The Great Atomic Power
  13. Insured Beyond the Grave
  14. The Gospel Way
  15. The Sons and Daughters of God
  16. Broad Minded
  17. The Family Who Prays
  18. I Know What You're Talking About
  19. Let Us Travel On
  20. I Love God's Way of Living
  21. Born Again
  22. Preach the Gospel
  23. From Mother's Arms to Korea
  24. If We Forget God
  25. Satan and the Saint
  26. Satan Lied to Me
  27. God Bless Her ('Cause She's My Mother)
  28. Last Chance to Pray

Disc 2

  1. No One to Sing for Me
  2. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  3. Nearer, My God, To Thee
  4. Make Him a Soldier
  5. I Can't Say No
  6. Just Rehearsing
  7. Love Thy Neighbor as Thy Self
  8. Where Will You Build
  9. Pray for Me
  10. When I Stop Dreaming
  11. Pitfall
  12. Alabama
  13. Memories and Tears
  14. Don't Laugh
  15. I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby
  16. Childish Love
  17. In the Middle of Nowhere
  18. Hoping That You're Hoping
  19. The First One to Love You
  20. I Cried After You Left
  21. That's All He's Asking of Me
  22. I'll Be All Smiles Tonight
  23. In the Pines
  24. What Is Home Without Love
  25. Mary of the Wild Moor
  26. Knoxville Girl
  27. Kentucky
  28. Katie Dear

Disc 3

  1. My Brother's Will
  2. Take the News to Mother
  3. Let Her Go, God Bless Her
  4. A Tiny Broken Heart
  5. Plenty of Everything But You
  6. Cash on the Barrelhead
  7. You're Running Wild
  8. The New Partner Waltz
  9. I Won't Have to Cross Jordan Alone
  10. Praying
  11. Wait a Little Longer, Please Jesus
  12. This Little Light of Mine
  13. I Steal Away and Pray
  14. There's No Excuse
  15. Are You Washed in the Blood
  16. Lord, I'm Coming Home
  17. Thankful
  18. Take Me Back into Your Heart
  19. Here Today and Gone Tomorrow
  20. We Could
  21. Tennessee Waltz
  22. Too Late
  23. Are You Teasing Me
  24. Nobody's Darling But Mine
  25. Don't Let Your Sweet Love Die
  26. I Wonder Where You Are Tonight
  27. Why Not Confess
  28. Making Believe

Disc 4

  1. Have I Stayed Away Too Long
  2. Call Me
  3. I Wish You Knew
  4. Dog Sled
  5. When I Loved You
  6. My Baby's Gone
  7. She Didn't Even Know I Was Gone
  8. My Baby Came Back
  9. Are You Wasting My Time
  10. My Curly Headed Baby
  11. Lorene
  12. I Wish It Had Been a Dream
  13. While You're Cheating on Me
  14. If I Could Only Win Your Love
  15. You're Learning
  16. Blue from Now On
  17. Today
  18. My Heart Was Trampled on the Street
  19. Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On
  20. On My Way to the Show
  21. Read What's in My Heart
  22. Red Hen Hop
  23. She Will Get Lonesome
  24. I Wonder If You Know
  25. Blue
  26. The Angels Rejoiced Last Night
  27. Dying from Home, and Lost
  28. Satan's Jeweled Crown
  29. The River of Jordan

Disc 5

  1. I'm Ready to Go Home
  2. The Kneeling Drunkard's Plea
  3. Satan Is Real
  4. The Christian Life
  5. Are You Afraid to Die
  6. He Can Be Found
  7. There's a Higher Power
  8. The Drunkard's Doom
  9. I See a Bridge
  10. Just Suppose
  11. The Stagger
  12. Nellie Moved to Town
  13. What a Change One Day Can Make
  14. Ruby's Song
  15. The Last Old Shovel
  16. Midnight Special
  17. Brown's Ferry Blues
  18. Southern Moon
  19. Sand Mountain Blues
  20. Nashville Blues
  21. Blues Stay Away from Me
  22. When It's Time for the Whippoorwill to Sing
  23. Put Me on the Train to Carolina
  24. Freight Train Blues
  25. Weary Lonesome Blues
  26. Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar
  27. It's Christmas Time
  28. Santa's Big Parade

Disc 6

  1. Love Is a Lonely Street
  2. If You Love Me Stay Away
  3. I Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow
  4. I Love You Best of All
  5. I Can't Keep You in Love With Me
  6. Scared of the Blues
  7. I Have Found the Way
  8. He Set Me Free
  9. Kneel at the Cross
  10. Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
  11. O Why Not Tonight?
  12. You Can't Find the Lord Too Soon
  13. Keep Your Eyes on Jesus
  14. Almost Persuaded
  15. I Feel Better Now
  16. O Who Shall Be Able to Stand
  17. If Today Was the Day
  18. You'll Meet Him in the Clouds
  19. You'll Meet Him in the Clouds
  20. Away in a Manger
  21. The Friendly Beasts
  22. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  23. Good Christian Men, Rejoice
  24. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
  25. The First Noel
  26. It Came upon a Midnight Clear

Disc 7

  1. O Come All Ye Faithful
  2. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  3. Silent Night
  4. Deck the Halls
  5. Joy to the World
  6. It Hurts Me More (The Second Time Around)
  7. How's the World Treating You
  8. Every Time You Leave
  9. Time Goes So Slow
  10. I Died for the Red, White and Blue
  11. From Mother's Arms to Korea
  12. Searching for a Soldier's Grave
  13. At Mail Call Today
  14. Soldier's Last Letter
  15. There's a Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere
  16. There's a Grave in the Wave of the Ocean
  17. Mother I Thank You for the Bible You Gave Me
  18. The Great Atomic Power
  19. A Seaman's Girl
  20. Robe of White
  21. The Weapon of Prayer
  22. Broken Engagement
  23. The First Time in Life
  24. There Is No Easy Way
  25. Love Turned to Hate
  26. Must You Throw Dirt in My Face

Disc 8

  1. Great Speckled Bird
  2. Wabash Cannonball
  3. Lonely Mound of Clay
  4. Wreck on the Highway
  5. Wait for the Light to Shine
  6. Low and Lonely
  7. We Live in Two Different Worlds
  8. The Precious Jewel
  9. The Great Judgement Morning
  10. Branded Wherever I Go
  11. Not a Word from Home
  12. Stuck up Blues
  13. Don't Let Them Take the Bible Out of Our School Rooms
  14. I'm Glad That I'm Not Him
  15. A Message to Your Heart
  16. Thank God for My Christian Home
  17. I'll Never Die
  18. The Price of the Bottle
  19. I've Known a Lady
  20. He Included Me
  21. Keep Watching the Sky
  22. Now Lord, What Can I Do for You
  23. Way Up On the Mountain
  24. Gonna Shake Hands With Mother over There
  25. He Was Waiting at the Altar
  26. Oh Lord, My God
  27. What Would You Give in Exchange for My Soul

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louvin Brothers   Primary Artist
Chet Atkins   Electric Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Hank Garland   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Grandpa Jones   Banjo
Jordanaires   Vocals
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Don Helms   Steel Guitar
Shot Jackson   Dobro
Harold Bradley   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Owen Bradley   Vibes
Paul Buskirk   Mandolin
Jimmy Capps   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Lightnin' Chance   Bass
Ray Edenton   Guitar,Tenor Banjo
Buddy Harman   Drums
Eddie Hill   Fiddle,Guitar
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass
Ira Louvin   Mandolin,Leader,Vocals,Guitar (Tenor)
Charlie Louvin   Guitar,Vocals
Jimmy Riddle   Harmonica
Paul Yandell   Guitar
Dale Potter   Fiddle
Thomas Lee Jackson   Fiddle
Marvin H. Hughes   Organ,Piano
William Paul Ackerman   Drums
Odell Martin   Guitar,Electric Guitar
George W. McCormick   Guitar,Baritone (Vocal),Vocal Harmony
Faye Cunningham   Vocals
Smiley Wilson   Guitar
Jerry Byrd & the String Dusters   Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Felix Mendelssohn   Composer
Burl Ives   Composer
Jim Nabors   Composer
Henry Paul   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Bridgette Bryant   Composer
Homer "Bill" Callahan   Composer
Roy Carter   Composer
David Freeman   Illustrations
David Gedge   Composer
Henry Glover   Composer
Eddie Hill   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Composer
Ken Nelson   Producer
Wayne Raney   Composer
Fred Rose   Producer
Jim Scott   Composer
Guy Smith   Composer
Isaac Watts   Composer
Mark Wilder   Disc Dub
Brad Benedict   Illustrations
Walter "Joe" Callahan   Composer
Charles K. Wolfe   Liner Notes,Illustrations
Lowell Mason   Composer
Charles Wesley   Composer
Alton Delmore   Composer
Rabon Delmore   Composer
Hoffmann Nienburg   Artwork
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Frederick Oakeley   Composer
John Francis Wade   Composer
Dennis Turner   Composer
Tom Ramsey   Composer
Richard Storrs Willis   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
William Sandys   Composer
Phillips Brooks   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Charles E. Durham   Composer
Revin "Rebe" Gosdin   Composer
Manfred Bersebach   Illustrations
Paul Cohen   Producer
Lewis Redner   Composer
Jenkins   Composer
W. Fowler   Composer
F. Jenkins   Composer
E. H. Sears   Composer
J. R. Murray   Composer

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