Charlie Louvin

February 20, 2007 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 20, 2007
  • Release Date: February 20, 2007
  • Label: Tompkins Square
  • Copyright: (C) 2007 Tompkins Square
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  • Total Length: 38:34
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  • ASIN: B000XUHOVA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,988 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By daily growl on February 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I'm on my second listen and I agree with almost everything Sound/Word Enthusiast has to say in the first review. It's a shame about the production, because Charlie's voice is truly awesome, worn into a groove in the best possible sense, terrific relaxed phrasing. The guest stars might have been cool if it had been produced like John Prine's "In Spite of Ourselves" -- simple duet harmonies with no fuss. But there's way too much fuss here. Only George Jones, Bobby Bare, and Tom T. Hall really come off well, because they're real country. I like Will Oldham and Jeff Tweedy, but they ain't got the chops, and I have nothing but respect for Elvis Costello, who can truly sing, but he just doesn't fit in either.

I read an interview where Charlie says two things I find totally appropriate. First, that he kept telling them he'd drive down to Nashville and sing with the guest stars but they never asked him (!). And you can see the result -- most of the second voices sound totally patched in, like cameos in a bad movie. Second, he can't understand why they wanted that feedback sound on "Great Atomic Power." Thought it was a mistake, but Nevers said no, we wanted it that way. Well, Charlie's right -- it sounds like a mistake. Why does Charlie Louvin need indie guest stars and feedback?

That said, I like imperfect albums and this one is kind of fun to engage with and be annoyed by -- you can hear the album it should have been. And then there's "Ira," which gets everything right -- it's touching, beautifully sung, a wonderful tribute to his brother. "You had a way with writing music from the heart / Your voice is strong even though you're gone, 'cause I still hear your part" ... gives me chills. I think the indie stuff doesn't mix for precisely the reason "Ira" is so great -- it's perfectly sincere in a way modern music just isn't and can't be. Anyway, if the whole album had been like "Ira," it'd be five stars plus for sure.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Leopold Stotch on February 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
...I have to say, I'm as sick as of the "drag out the old-timer and prop 'em up with some special guests as they run through their greatest hits one more time or maybe some unusual covers" concept as the next guy. Not that these guys don't deserve our respect: Jerry Lee Lewis does. Wanda Jackson does. Hubert Sumlin does. The Blind Boys of Alabama do. Arthur Alexander does. Tony Joe White does. Ralph Stanley does. (See how pervasive, even clichéd this is??) And certainly Charlie Louvin does. With the Louvin Brothers he created a body of work that continues to fuel, inspire, and intrigue bluegrass and country music musicians and fans to this very day. Their songs really cut to the core, addressing death and heartache and faith with clarity, depth, honesty, and even a bit of humor.

Speaking of honesty, it always seemed that the freewheeling Ira, as opposed to the teetotaling Charlie, was the more fun Louvin brother. I mean, the man recorded a single called "Who Throwed That Rock?" -- c'mon! Charlie always seemed more somber and mopey. And this album, recorded and produced by Mark Nevers in Nashville, definitely plays of the somber factor, Stanley-style.

I've seen Charlie perform recently, and heard his self-released CD, and he's clearly not in great voice these days. So I was surprised by the gruff power of his performances here. Much better than anything I've heard from him lately. Personally, I would have rather hear him tackle some new material than reprise his hits as he does here, but it is interesting to hear what he brings to these compositions a half-century later. "When I Stop Dreaming" has a great, weary sense of resignation that really reinvents the song. But what does having Elvis Costello sing a verse bring to the table?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F. White on May 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is a superb album, and those who love Bluegrass and/or country music will immediately appreciate it. Charlie has aged, and his voice doeen't have the power it once did. But it this is an opportunity to obtain a new take on old songs, recorded with state of the art equipment. Older listeners may prefer the original recordings of the songs, but the exposure this new release brings may draw younger listeners who have not had the opportunity to learn of this great artist. I highly recommend this album!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Classic Country Fan on January 5, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is an awesome cd. in fact it came in at number 3 on my top 10 cds that were released in 2007. This is much better than any of the mainstream stuff Nashvegas calls country and is putting on the radio.

The vocals and songs are honest. Charlie sings them with down to earth charm.
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By Mark Bailey on July 23, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I got this CD a couple of weeks ago and I love it. Most music I listen to has to grow on me with a few times hearing it. Not this one. Charlie has a great voice and the songs are very good. I really enjoy the old style country music much better than what is on the radio today. Highly recommended!
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