“Imagine the Everly Brothers plus God and cowshit: that’s the Louvins.” – The Independent
“Undoubtedly the package of the month” – The Word
“9/10″ – Spin | ” 4 Stars “ – The Times | ”5 Stars” – Mojo | ”5 Stars” – Uncut
Alabama natives Ira and Charlie Louvin were country music pioneers, Baptist blood brothers known for their trademark close harmony vocal style, mandolin magic, and emotive material ranging from spiritual standards, well-crafted covers to influential originals. Out today is the deluxe Satan Is Real / Handpicked Songs 1955-1962 (LITA 075, 2xCD + Audio Commentary Download), which pairs the Louvins’ landmark 1959 album Satan Is Real with a star-studded curatorial “best of” featuring classic original Louvin Brothers recordings “handpicked” by the likes of Beck, Emmylou Harris, Will Oldham, Kris Kristofferson, Jim James, Dolly Parton and many more.
As you can see in the “What’s Inside?” video above, this set features exquisitely re-mastered audio (from the original master tapes) and comes housed in a handsome 6-panel Digipak with a 40-page booklet with period archival photos, extensive liner notes by Jessica Hundley (Grievous Angel: The Intimate Biography of Gram Parsons), track-by-track testimonials from the “handpickers”, along with a download link for an exclusive audio commentary and interview with Charlie Louvin recorded in Nashville, June 2010.
Also available today, is our equally deluxe edition of the Louvin’s 1956 album Tragic Songs of Life (LITA 070, LP). Pressed on virgin 180-gram vinyl and expanded as a gatefold “tip-on” jacket that includes a full color booklet with liner notes also by Jessica Hundley and rarely seen photos, this is a respectfully presented package for Louvin Brothers fans both old and new.
Stay tuned, for in the coming weeks we’ll also be rolling out (available for pre-order now) separate 180-gram vinyl editions of Satan Is Real (LITA 073) and Handpicked Songs 1955-1962 (LITA 074), both sporting the same exquisite packaging and attention to detail. Whether you like “The Christian Life” or find yourself often reciting the “Kneeling Drunkard’s Prayer”, this series is not to be missed.