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The Browns - Jim Ed, Maxine and Bonnie - are beloved for many reasons, not the least of which is their greatest hit, ''The Three Bells,'' which held sway at #1 for ten weeks on the country charts in 1959. Certainly we love the touching tale of the birth, marriage and death of ''Little Jimmy Brown'' (no relation, we presume). But there's more to it than the story and irresistible melody. ''The Three Bells'' transcends genre - it also topped the pop charts for four weeks and even reached #10 on the R&B charts - and you can hear elements of folk, old-time gospel, and skillfully rendered easy listening in its understated grooves.

And after the runaway success of ''The Three Bells,'' the Browns pursued a crowd-pleasing blend of pop, folk, and devotional music, all recorded in glorious ''Living Stereo'' by producer and guitarist extraordinaire Chet Atkins at RCA's state-of-the-art studio in Nashville. The Browns' new Eric Records compilation, Soft as the Voice of an Angel, captures this side of the trio - hits like ''Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair)'' (1959) and ''The Old Lamplighter'' (1960) as well as pop standards like ''Buttons and Bows,'' and folk touchstones like ''Four Strong Winds.''

There's more still to the Browns' enduring appeal. It's... the sound. Nobody sounded quite like the Browns. Their style was smooth, true, and attention-grabbing in the most understated way - like their pop contemporaries the Teddy Bears (''To Know Him Is To Love Him'') and the Fleetwoods (''Come Softly To Me''). But it was more than that. As their voices rose together in the close, intimate harmonies that only a brother and two sisters could achieve, you could hear a bit of heaven.

That's why we call our new Eric Records compilation Soft as the Voice of an Angel. It's the opening line of ''Whispering Hope'', an old country hymn that they recorded for their 1961 LP Songs From The Little Brown Church Hymnal. Madison Avenue couldn't have written a better description of the Browns' music! There was more to Nashville in the '50s and '60s than dim lights, thick smoke, and loud music, and no one embodies the softer, more sophisticated side of Music City than The Browns.

Amazingly, most of the Browns' recordings have never been released on CD in the U.S. Many have only been available on an expensive, imported boxed set - or not at all. Until now! Soft as the Voice of an Angel features 21 tracks mastered in brilliant STEREO from the ORIGINAL master tapes.

Complete with notes and a brand-new interview with Jim Ed Brown himself, here are 52 minutes of pure, ''angelic'' stereo sound you're sure to enjoy!


1. The Wayward Wind
2. Oh! My Papa
3. True Love
4. The Whiffenpoof Song
5. The Three Bells
6. Heaven Fell Last Night
7. Buttons and Bows
8. Blue Bells Ring
9. Born To Be With You
10. You Can't Grow Peaches On A Cherry Tree
11. Four Strong Winds
12. Poor Wayfaring Stranger
13. Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair)
14. The Old Master Painter
15. Margo (The Ninth of May)
16. Teen-Ex
17. The Old Lamplighter
18. Misty Blue
19. In The Garden
20. Whispering Hope
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 18, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Eric
  • ASIN: B008LC8TUW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,594 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By GoodHumorMann on October 12, 2012
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One of the most incredible CD's I've ever heard. The quality of re-mastering has made this sound as if you're in the recording studio with The Browns. The perfect harmony between them and the soothing voices provide a unique and peaceful experience.

If you've never heard them before, give "Soft as the Voice of an Angel" by The Browns a listen. This CD is a must for any avid music lover. It recalls a more joyous era.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alan Carner on September 24, 2012
This is my favorite country cd for 2012. The Browns are Jim Ed Brown and his sisters Maxine and Bonnie. The songs on this cd were recorded and released on RCA in 1959-60. Every song on the cd is in excellent stereo. The quality of the recordings are great. The Three Bells became a huge hit in County music and the Pop charts. This was the song that saved their recording career, which wasn't going along so well in 1959.

Included are their other County and pop charted songs, Scarlet Ribbons and The Old Lamplighter. Also the lesser charting pop hit Teen Ex. Teen Ex is just about impossible to find on cd and is a welcome addition. It was the flip side of The Old Lamplighter. Their great harmony continues on songs like, The Wayward Wind, Button And Bows & Four Strong Winds. All the songs sound wonderful. Jim Ed Brown went on to have a big career on his own in Country Music in the 1960 & 70's

Eric Records always takes the time to make sure everything they release is the best quality. And these sound like they came directly from the RCA master tapes recorded in Nashville. All in stereo without any distortion and quite backgrounds. You won't find a better sounding cd.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom on January 2, 2013
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Every song is great and play like they were recorded today. I recommend that you try it even if you have never heard of The Browns, but enjoy sweet harmony.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Severson on February 1, 2013
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This is a very good CD. I always loved the Browns which is Jim Ed and his two sisters. Their harmony is hard to beat. This album has 21 songs including many favorites such as the Three Bells, Scarlett Ribbons, In the Garden, Whispering Hope, and How Great Thou Art. I highly recommend this album.
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they are my 89 year old mothers favorite singing group and she plays it everyday while she is putting her makeup on.
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By Carol Payne on September 24, 2013
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Oldie - just as I remembered it! Can't beat the Browns. Got this cd for my mother, who used to sing these songs all day.
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By Alan N. Davidson on July 13, 2013
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This is a very good CD and typical of The Browns outstanding harmony. Well worth it and it is easy listenin music.
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