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Album Review

While many Yuletide efforts are toss-offs, this gem captures the qualities that made the Louvin Brothers one of the most compelling and satisfying close-harmony acts that ever recorded. Charlie and Ira's high lonesome sound recasts "O Little Town of Bethlehem" with the smoky flavor of the hills of Kentucky. But they truly shine on more obscure traditional numbers like "Good Christian Men Rejoice" and "The Friendly Beasts." The reissue also features an added bonus of two original compositions not available on the vinyl release.


Formed: 04 July 1940 in Alabama

Genre: Country

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s

From the close-harmony brother acts of the '30s evolved Charlie and Ira Louvin, ranking among the top duos in country music history. With Ira's incredibly high, pure tenor and Charlie's emotional and smooth melody tenor, they learned well from the Bolick brothers (the Blue Sky Boys), the Monroe Brothers, the Delmore Brothers, and other major family duos of the previous generation, preserving the old-time flavor while bringing this genre into the '50s, when country music moved to a newer sound. Whatever...
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