Personnel includes: Charlie Louvin (vocals, acoustic guitar); George McCormick (vocals, guitar); Ira Louvin (vocals, mandolin); Paul Yandell, Ray Edenton (guitar); Marvin Hughes (piano, electric organ); Lightning Chance (bass); Buddy Harmon (drums); Hank "Sugarfoot" Crawford.
Producer: Ken Nelson.
Reissue producer: John Johnson.
Includes liner notes by Charles Wolfe and Joe Allison.
Audio Remasterer: Glenn Meadows.
Liner Note Authors: Charles K. Wolfe; Joe Allison.
Recording information: 08/08/1958-08/10/1958.
Arrangers: Ira Louvin; Charlie Louvin.
The bizarre cover of SATAN IS REAL, which depicts Charlie and Ira Louvin awkwardly posed among fire, brimstone, and a very, very fake-looking cardboard demon, might lead unsuspecting record buyers to believe they have stumbled onto a kitsch classic. Fortunately for music fans, Ira Louvin--who designed the bizarre album jacket--was infinitely more adept at gospel songwriting than he was at art production. Contrary to its outward appearance, SATAN IS REAL is a serious, moving, and profoundly successful profession of faith.
Throughout most of their career, the Louvin Brothers divided their time between gospel and secular music, and each pursuit enriched the other. The Louvins' secular music implies guilt and remorse even as it details all manner of unsavory activities; similarly, the duo's gospel music never seems to lose sight of the ease with which even the most devout Christian can backslide. This constant awareness of the thin line between the sacred and profane makes SATAN's songs of undiluted redemption ("River of Jordan," "I Like the Christian Life") all the more moving. Most powerful, however, are those songs that directly address both worlds, such as the transcendent "Angels Rejoiced in Heaven Last Night."
Rolling Stone (12/26/96, p.189) - "Harmony singing in country music doesn't get any sweeter than the Louvin Brothers....brought traditional music to the commercial precincts of Nashville without watering down its impact....blending born-again fervor with slice-of-life starkness..."
Spin (11/96, p.127) - "...the Louvins are where indie-ish country buffs go after they've exhausted Gram Parsons....subjects being sin, murder ballads, and a bluegrass duo (concealing one nasty drunk, just like the Louvins!)..."
Magnet (p.58) - "[T]he conviction in songs like 'The Kneeling Drunkard's Plea' suggests they're engaged in the battle for their own souls as well."
the iconic album cover is just the beginning of the pleasures on offer here. Legend has it that Ira Louvin built the giant cut out of Satan himself in his workshop and that when it was set on fire for the photo shoot Ira himself caught alight the monologue on the title track Satan Is Real is worth the purchase price alone but there is some great singing on many of the other tracks like The Kneeling Drunkards Plea. Very highly recommended although you shouldn't stop here and you should have more Louvin Brothers
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