Tragic Songs of Life

The Louvin Brothers - Tragic Songs of Life
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1956 Ratings: #34
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October 1956 / Release Date
LP / Format
- / Label
Country / Genres
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Very nice and pretty sounding. Love the message and themes of the album. Just ... gets really redundant after a bit.

This album is number 3 in the "1,001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die" franchise.


Initially, The Louvin Brothers, composed of d'Ira and Charlie, started out singing gospel songs, before moving on to a very country sound, but with respect to their religious ideals. According to some, they started their "career" in the early 1940s, but the first single was Seven Year Blues / Alabama 1949, released by Decca, who would only bet on them once. They are reputed to have democratised the vocal technique of close harmony in country genre, but not only that.

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The songs become extremely boring and repetitive as they progress, and the duo's vocals sound unpleasant.

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Track List

  1. Kentucky
  2. I'll Be All Smiles Tonight
  3. Let Her Go, God Bless Her
  4. What Is Home Without Love
  5. A Tiny Broken Heart
  6. In the Pines
  7. Alabama
  8. Katie Dear
  9. My Brother's Will
  10. Knoxville Girl
  11. Take the News to Mother
  12. Mary of the Wild Moor
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Added on: August 16, 2016