The Louvin Brothers in Shindig Magazine [Reissue Review] and 8.5 in Pitchfork (Posted By Harry)

The Louvin Brothers 'Satan Is Real/Handpicked Songs 1955-1962' (Light In The Attic)

The Louvin Brothers: Satan Is Real & Handpicked Songs 1955-62The Louvin Brothers in Shindig and Pitchfork

The Louvin Brothers ‘Satan Is Real/ Handpicked Songs 1955- 1962’ (Light In The Attic)


Shindig Magazine

“Well, this is one where the jacket alone makes the record worthy of being remembered. There were some very real personal demons involved in the life of Ira Louvin, but the image of he and his brother Charlie being tormented by a cartoonish, buck-toothed Lucifer, is a kitsch classic…The Louvins have long been revered by anyone who can appreciate a country song written with guts, vision and melodic grace, and this 1959 album is one of their most consistent efforts. ‘The Christian Life’, immortalised for pop fans via The Byrds’ reading on Sweetheart Of The Rodeo, is just one of a dozen songs delivered with the brother’s heavenly harmonising and deep-felt spiritual truths.” Written By Brian Greene

Pitchfork 8.5 Review

” Even if you’ve never heard a single note from the Louvin Brothers, odds are good that you’ve at least seen the cover of their 1959 album, Satan Is Real. The discrepancy between that emphatic title and that plywood demon landed it on countless lists of worst or weirdest album covers, usually alongside Paddy Roberts’ Songs for Gay Dogs and Orleans’ Waking and Dreaming. Charlie and Ira Louvin devised the concept for the artwork themselves and set everything up in an old quarry, cutting Satan from Charlie’s son’s miniature train table and filling old tires with kerosene to simulate Hell. Then, as if on some Biblical cue, it began to rain, so their poses were hurried and awkward so their white suits wouldn’t get drenched. Still, as silly as it may be, there’s something curious about that image, especially that folk art figure looming in the background, bucktoothed and cross-eyed. It doesn’t look professional or polished, which fits the music: The Louvin Brothers may have been signed to Capitol, but like so many other rural artists who never settled comfortably into either secular or gospel, they still sound both compellingly raw and incredibly sophisticated…(Read More) Written By Stephen M. Deusner.

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