“Tragic Songs Of Life” by The Louvin Brothers - album review

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TJR says

Released in October, “Tragic Songs Of Life” was critically acclaimed from the off and has been held in high regard by country aficionados ever since. Ira (high-tenor vocals and mandolin) and Charlie (guitar and baritone vocals) are accompanied by Paul Yaldell on guitar and a nameless bassist and snare drummer for their debut album – a conceptual affair with the majority of the songs dealing with tragic heartbreak and general misfortune, with some good old classic murder ballads thrown for added impact. Quite good in places, but the set never grips me as much as the likes of the Blue Sky Boys (one of their influences) or the Everly Brothers (one of their influenced). Best of the bunch is “Mary of The Wild Moor”, a traditional which has been dated back to the early 19th century in England. It was first recorded and released by the Blue Sky Boys in 1940, a popular and influential duo from North Carolina. The song treats a topic well known from literature and song: the girl with child - sometimes illegitimate - is betrayed and left by her husband or lover, she wants to return home but her father despises her and in the end she and the child will die. Now that’s what I call a song of tragedy…

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A1 [02:39] 4.2.png The Louvin Brothers - Kentucky (Karl Davis) Country
A2 [03:14] 4.6.png The Louvin Brothers - I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight (Alvin Pleasant Carter) Country
A3 [02:55] 3.9.png The Louvin Brothers - Let Her Go, God Bless Her (Traditional) Country
A4 [03:00] 4.8.png The Louvin Brothers - What Is Home Without Love (Traditional) Country
A5 [02:34] 5.1.png The Louvin Brothers - A Tiny Broken Heart (Charlie Louvin, Ira Louvin, Eddie Hill) Country
A6 [03:15] 5.5.png The Louvin Brothers - In The Pines (Traditional, Alan Riggs) Country
B1 [02:43] 6.0.png The Louvin Brothers - Alabama (Charlie Louvin, Ira Louvin, Eddie Hill) Country
B2 [02:34] 4.2.png The Louvin Brothers - Katie Dear (William Bolick) Country
B3 [03:16] 4.6.png The Louvin Brothers - My Brother’s Will (Ken Nelson) Country
B4 [03:49] 5.7.png The Louvin Brothers - Knoxville Girl (Traditional) Country
B5 [02:48] 4.4.png The Louvin Brothers - Take The News To Mother (Walter Callahan, Homer Callahan, W. R. Calaway) Country
B6 [03:11] 6.1.png The Louvin Brothers - Mary Of The Wild Moor (Traditional, Dennis Turner) Country

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