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  1. Broadminded
  2. The Family Who Prays
  3. When I Stop Dreaming
  4. Pitfall
  5. Don't Laugh
  6. I Don't Believe You've Met Me Baby
  7. Hoping That You're Hoping
  8. The First One To Love You (bonus track)
  9. In The Pines
  10. Knoxville Girl
  11. Cash On The Barrelhead
  12. You're Running Wild
  13. My Baby's Gone
  14. I Wish It Had Been A Dream
  15. While You're Cheating On Me (bonus track)
  16. If I Could Only Win You're Love (bonus track)
  17. You're Learning (bonus track)
  18. The River Of Jordan (bonus track)
  19. The Kneeling Drunkard's Plea
  20. Southern Moon
  21. Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar (bonus track)
  22. The Great Atomic Power
  23. Wreck On The Highway
  24. Stuck Up Blues

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The great irony of the Louvin Brothers, today considered by many the best of the brother duos, is that they peaked at a time when the form was almost dead. Their vocal sound was as old as the Alabama hills, and they kept alive such archaic tunes as "Knoxville Girl" and "In the Pines." Yet their studio bands were up to date, if not exactly Nashville Sound knockoffs, and much of their material, including "You're Running Wild," was fairly contemporary. Traditionalists or modernists? When it's this good, who cares? And besides, who's going to argue with guys who knew Sin the way Charlie and Ira Louvin knew Sin? --John Morthland

1. Broadminded
2. The Family Who Prays
3. When I Stop Dreaming
4. Pitfall
5. Don't Laugh
6. I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby
7. Hoping That You're Hoping
8. The First One To Love You
9. In The Pines
10. Knoxville Girl
11. Cash On The Barrelhead
12. You're Running Wild
13. My Baby's Gone
14. I Wish It Had Been A Dream
15. While You're Cheating On Me
16. If I Could Only Win Your Love
17. You're Learning
18. The River Of Jordan
19. The Kneeling Drunkard's Plea
20. Southern Moon
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 23, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • ASIN: B000002Z94
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,993 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By rballjones on July 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Like another reviewer, I was introduced to the music of the Louvin Bros. through Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. It's evident their wonderful duets were strongly influenced by the brothers.
The Louvin Bros. represent some of the finest old-time country music made. Not only were they great singers but songwriters and musicians too--during an era (the 50s) when country music could came straight from the churches and straight from the hills, without passing through a corporate music mill as we hear from Nashville today. Fans of old-time country, folk, bluegrass, gospel or the Everly Bros. should not miss these guys.
As a write this, the songs listed on the Amazon site are mistaken�apparently from another record. Rest assured, �When I Stop Dreaming�The Best of the Louvin Bros� contains all of their best known numbers, including "The Family Who Prays," "When I Stop Dreaming," "Don't Laugh," "I Don't Believe You've Met my Baby," "Hoping that You're Hoping,", "Knoxville Girl," "You're Running Wild," and "My Baby's Gone." It also contains most of the songs Parsons/Harris covered including, "Cash on the Barrelhead," "If I Could Only Win Your Love" and "You're Learning." This collection doesn't, however, include "The Angels Rejoiced Last Night." There are 24 songs in all--recorded from 1952-1962.
Ira and Charlie Louvin created some incredible vocal harmonies--as good as it gets. Ira's high tenor marks him as one of the most distinctive and greatest of country singers.
Another outstanding feature of their music is the quality of their band--usually consisting of Ira's mandolin, an electric guitar (Chet Atkins or Paul Yandell), acoustic rhythm guitar and acoustic bass with an occasional piano and drums. No steel�except on �Cash on the Barrelhead.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Like so many others, I learned of the Louvin Brothers from listening to Gram Parsons ("The Christian Life" and "Cash on the Barrelhead") and Emmylou Harris ("If I Could Only Win Your Love"). Reading about the enthusiasm of so many others for their music made me decide to give them a chance. I am delighted to be able to report that this is a stunning record.
Three things stand out on this album. First and foremost, this is am album about great, great singing. Unlike a large number of country and blue grass singers from the fifties and sixties, neither Ira nor Charles Louvin, despite singing in a high, high tenor and tenor respectively, had a whiny voice. Ira, in particular, had a magnificently throaty quality, even at the very highest ranges. And they are jutifiably famous for their gorgeous, tight harmonies.
Second, the songs are just incredible. I won't say every song is perfect. "Knoxville Girl," a particularly graphic narrative of a man killing his girlfriend didn't really appeal to me. But nearly everyother song on the record really hit me in a big way. And it is clear that Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris didn't just take average songs and make them great; the well-known songs are as good or better as performed by the Louvins. In particular, Ira Louvin's incredible rendition of "Cash on the Barrelhead" stands out.
Last, every song features absolutely first rate musicians. The backup musicians are superb, and Ira was not merely one of the best high tenors in country, but a highly accomplished mandolin player.
I was interested to see that the liner notes were written by Marshall Crenshaw.
This album will appeal to all fans of bluegrass, traditional country, Gram Parsons, or Emmylou Harris.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Louvin brothers had a more modest chart history than their legendary status might suggest, especially as many much more successful singers of their era have been largely forgotten.. Indeed, they and their songs would almost certainly have faded into obscurity if Gram Parsons hadn't been a fan. He introduced Emmylou to their music and it is through her covers of their songs that their legacy is assured. Others have in turn been inspired by Emmylou's example.

Regarding their own career, they were a harmony duo who sometimes covered other people's songs but also wrote their own material. They were a major influence on the Everly brothers. The Louvin brothers topped the country charts with I don't believe you've met my baby and had other top ten country hits with When I stop dreaming, Hoping that you're hoping, You're running wild, Cash on the barrel head and My baby's gone. They had three other big hits (Don't laugh, Plenty of everything but you, I love you best of all) and a few lesser hits. The family who prays (one of those lesser hits) has become a gospel classic.

Among the notable covers of Louvin songs are I don't believe you've met my baby (Alison Krauss and Dolly Parton have both covered this song), You're running wild (Rhonda Vincent), When I stop dreaming, If I could only win your love, You're learning (all by Emmylou), Cash on the barrelhead (Gram Parsons and Dolly Parton have both covered this song).

This is the strongest available compilation of their music, containing all their own hits together with their original version of songs that Emmylou revived, plus some other great songs of theirs.
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