Ira and Charlie Loudermilk from Section, Alabama performed as The Louvin Brothers. According to Billboard, they had 12 chart hits from 1955 to 1962, when they broke up. 9 are right here on this very fine compilation. The other 11 tracks are all enjoyable. The Louvins feature a wonderful tight, almost piercing harmony, a hard banjo sound and moving lyrics. There is an almost frantic tone to the music, virtually demanding the listener's attention. In the Tom T. Hall tradition, many tell a story. This reviewer's favorites were "Must You Throw Dirt in My Face?" and "While You're Cheating On Me". The former was their final chart hit. The latter is a wonderful "cheating" song- a topic representing a veritable treasure trove of country classics. The album also includes "I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby", their only #1 recording. Ira was tragically killed in a 1965 car crash, caused by a drunk driver. How many country greats have died in car and plane crashes? Charlie carried on for another 9 years, but this reviewer is unfamiliar with his solo work. Together, the brothers made wonderful, if serious music together. As has been written before-since when does country have to cheer you up? Just listen to the Louvins. Those not familiar with their music are encouraged to be adventurous!
Ira and Charlie's classic harmonies are here in crystal clear sound. Nearly all of their hits and superb album cuts are featured on this 20 song collection. I would like to see Charlies solo work with Capitol records on CD as well. Brother harmony at it's finest. Don't pass this one up!!!
These guys are the epitome of country "duet". The harmonies are absolutely phenomonal; it will make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. The Louvin's "Knoxville Girl" is worth the price of this album alone; although there isn't a bad track on the whole CD.
The Louvin Brothers, what can't you say about them! They were a head of their time in just about all the musical areas, I could set and listen to these to gentlemen all day long. If Ira had lived longer no telling what they would have accomplished, as for Charlie it is sad that he left us not long ago, but while he was with us he sung just about every type of music there is. A real must for anyone that enjoys home style harmony by two brothers that were 'absolutely' great at it.
I purchased this CD when I was on vacation in Nashville in April 2015. I listen to it all the time when I'm in my car driving - and I travel 1 hour each way to work a day.
It is on whenever I'm in the car - I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! In fact I have ordered a package set of The Louvin Brothers Music. Can hardly wait to receive it! If you like the Louvins I would STRONGLY RECOMMEND this CD!
I bought this CD because I sometimes like country music and had never heard of this group. What a thrill it was to listen to them, both passed on now. Their cut of "The Precious Jewel" may be the best country song I have ever heard. The sounds they make are unique and cut straight to the bone, the same feelings I get when I listen to bagpipe music. I am sorry that it took an obituary to call them to my attention.
Looking for classic country music? Look no further for one of the best duos that I've ever heard. Ira and Charlie typifies that ole time sound that is country music at it's best. This album has 20 of the great songs of all time. Enjoy!!!