LOUVIN BROTHERS Close Harmony (1992)

51iGKzZU9JLClose Harmony (1992)
8CDs Of Essential Americana

Some of, if not, the greatest harmonies in country music, inspiring generations of artists from Porter & Dolly to Gram & Emmylou. Charlie & Ira Louvin didn’t invent the stuff, but they molded the original Americana handed down by The Carter Family into a close harmony style characterized by their unmatched ability to switch alto & tenor roles at will. The All Music Guide calls it a “lonesome ghostly sound” and this out-of-print Bear Family, 219 track compilation is essential to understanding the roots of indigenous American music, especially mountain, bluegrass and hillbilly gospel. Close Harmony contains all the Louvin’s music from their Capitol, Decca, MGM and Apollo years. Five stars in any universe. Amazon’s got hard copies (HERE) for around a couple hundred bucks. Listen to “Katie Dear” from the duo’s 1956 classic, Tragic Songs Of Life.

Alabama (3:03)
Alabama (2:53)
Seven Year Blues (2:53)
(I’m Changing The Words To) My Love Song Of You (2:48)
The Get Acquainted Waltz (2:37)
Weapon Of Prayer (2:55)
They’ve Got The Church Outnumbered (2:42)
Do You Live What You Preach (2:54)
You’ll Be Rewarded Over There (2:27)
I’ll Live With God (To Die No More) (3:04)
Robe Of White (2:39)
The Great Atomic Power (2:48)
Insured Beyond The Grave (2:42)
The Gospel Way (2:45)
The Sons And Daughters Of God (2:36)
Broad Minded (2:32)
The Family Who Prays (2:56)
I Know What You’re Talking About (2:37)
Let Us Travel, Travel On (2:24)
Love God’s Way Of Living (2:56)
Born Again (2:25)
Preach The Gospel (2:29)
From Mother’s Arms To Korea (2:51)
If We Forget God (2:37)
Satan And The Saint (2:25)
Satan Lied To Me (2:23)
God Bless Her (‘Cause She’s My Mother) (2:33)
Last Chance To Pray (2:39)

No One To Sing For Me (2:55)
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (2:51)
Nearer My God To Thee (2:48)
Make Him A Soldier (2:39)
I Can’t Say No (2:37)
Just Rehearsing (2:37)
Love Thy Neighbor As Thy Self (2:40)
Where Will You Build (2:37)
Pray For Me (2:55)
When I Stop Dreaming (2:32)
Pitfall (2:08)
Alabama (2:47)
Memories And Tears (2:23)
Don’t Laugh (2:35)
I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby (2:10)
Childish Love (2:35)
In The Middle Of Nowhere (2:17)
Hoping That You’re Hoping (2:38)
The First One To Love You (2:41)
I Cried After You Left (2:18)
That’s All He’s Asking Of Me (2:43)
I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight (3:15)
In The Pines (3:16)
What Is Home Without Love (3:03)
Mary Of The Wild Moor (3:15)
KnoXVIlle Girl (3:51)
Kentucky (2:41)
Katie Dear (2:32)

My Brother’s Will (3:18)
Take The News To Mother (2:50)
Let Her Go, God Bless Her (2:57)
A Tiny Broken Heart (2:35)
Plenty Of Everything But You (2:30)
Cash On The Barrelhead (2:44)
You’re Running Wild (2:19)
The New Partner Waltz (2:24)
I Won’t Have To Cross Jordan Alone (2:29)
Praying (2:42)
Wait A Little Longer Please Jesus (2:49)
This Little Light Of Mine (2:32)
I Steal Away And Pray (2:33)
There’s No Excuse (3:03)
Are You Washed In The Blood (2:26)
Lord, I’m Coming Home (3:16)
Thankful (2:57)
Take Me Back Into Your Heart (2:47)
Here Today And Gone Tomorrow (2:21)
We Could (2:14)
Tennessee Waltz (2:28)
Too Late (3:07)
Are You Teasing Me (2:55)
Nobody’s Darling But Mine (2:45)
Don’t Let Your Sweet Love Die (2:37)
I Wonder Where You Are Tonight (2:42)
Making Believe (2:22)

Have I Stayed Away Too Long (2:30)
Call Me (2:20)
I Wish You Knew (2:27)
Dog Sled (2:35)
When I Loved You (2:40)
My Baby’s Gone (2:46)
She Didn’t Even Know I Was Gone (2:24)
My Baby Came Back (2:15)
Are You Wasting My Time (2:03)
My Curly Headed Baby (2:31)
Lorene (2:04)
I Wish It Had Been A Dream (2:33)
While You’re Cheating On Me (2:04)
If I Could Only Win Your Love (2:24)
You’re Learning (2:24)
Blue From Now On (2:16)
Today (2:28)
My Heart Was Trampled On The Street (2:32)
Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On (2:22)
On My Way To The Show (2:09)
Read What’s In My Heart (2:14)
Red Hen Hop (2:41)
She Will Get Lonesome (2:24)
I Wonder If You Know (3:20)
Blue (2:20)
The Angels Rejoiced Last Night (2:22)
Dying From Home And Lost (2:50)
Satan’s Jeweled Crown (3:00)
The River Of Jordan (2:18)

I’m Ready To Go Home (3:13)
The Kneeling Drunkard’s Plea (2:54)
Satan Is Real (3:04)
The Christian Life (2:19)
Are You Afraid To Die (2:37)
He Can Be Found (2:17)
There’s A Higher Power (2:25)
The Drunkard’s Doom (3:17)
I See A Bridge (2:43)
Just Suppose (2:57)
The Stagger (2:15)
Nellie Moved To Town (2:48)
What A Change One Day Can Make (2:28)
Ruby’s Song (2:27)
The Last Old Shovel (2:26)
Midnight Special (2:44)
Brown’s Ferry Blues (2:55)
Southern Moon (2:42)
Sand Mountain Blues (2:34)
Nashville Blues (2:38)
Blues Stay Away From Me (3:25)
When It’s Time For The Whippoorwill To Sing (2:19)
Put Me On The Train To Carolina (3:11)
Freight Train Blues (2:59)
Weary Lonesome Blues (2:47)
Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar (2:53)
It’s Christmas Time (2:58)
Santa’s Big Parade (2:03)

Love Is A Lonely Street (2:45)
If You Love Me Stay Away (2:15)
I Ain’t Gonna Work Tomorrow (3:01)
I Love You Best Of All (3:01)
I Can’t Keep You In Love With Me (2:43)
Scared Of The Blues (2:12)
I Have Found The Way (2:28)
He Set Me Free (2:27)
Kneel At The Cross (2:37)
Leaning On The Everlasting Arms (2:26)
O Why Not Tonight (3:22)
You Can’t Find The Lord Too Soon (1:58)
Keep Your Eyes On Jesus (3:13)
Almost Persuaded (3:33)
I Feel Better Now (2:31)
O Who Shall Be Able To Stand (3:31)
If Today Was The Day (2:10)
You’ll Meet Him In The Clouds (2:31)
You’ll Meet Him In The Clouds (Alt Take) (2:40)
Away In A Manger (2:22)
The Friendly Beasts (3:06)
Hark The Herald Angels Sing (2:23)
Good Christian Men Rejoice (3:01)
While The Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (2:28)
The First Noel (3:30)
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (3:06)

O Come All Ye Faithful (2:49)
O Little Town Of Bethlehem (2:31)
Silent Night (2:57)
Deck The Halls (1:55)
Joy To The World (1:51)
It Hurts Me More (The Second Time Around) (2:26)
How’s The World Treating You (2:36)
Every Time You Leave (2:43)
Time Goes So Slow (2:27)
I Died For The Red White And Blue (3:08)
From Mother’s Arms To Korea (2:13)
Searching For A Soldier’s Grave (3:09)
At Mail Call Today (3:01)
A Soldier’s Last Letter (3:33)
There’s A Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere (3:08)
There’s A Grave In The Wave Of The Ocean (2:59)
Mother I Thank You For The Bible You Gave (2:41)
The Great Atomic Power (2:44)
A Seaman’s Girl (3:22)
Robe Of White (2:37)
The Weapon Of Prayer (3:16)
Broken Engagement (2:54)
The First Time In Life (2:39)
There Is No Easy Way (2:40)
Love Turned To Hate (2:50)
Must You Throw Dirt In My Face (2:38)

The Great Speckled Bird (3:03)
Wabash Cannon Ball (3:02)
Lonely Mound Of Clay (4:01)
Wreck On The Highway (3:27)
Wait For The Light To Shine (2:11)
Low And Lonely (2:16)
We Live In Two Different Worlds (2:38)
The Precious Jewel (3:55)
The Great Judgement Morning (3:38)
Branded Wherever I Go (2:03)
Not A Word From Home (2:26)
Stuck Up Blues (2:19)
Don’t Let Them Take The Bible Out Of Our School Rooms (3:03)
I’m Glad That I’m Not Him (1:52)
A Message To Your Heart (2:26)
Thank God For My Christian Home (3:32)
I’ll Never Die (1:56)
The Price On The Bottle (2:40)
I’ve Known A Lady (2:07)
He Included Me (2:17)
Keep Watching The Sky (2:11)
Now Lord, What Can I Do For You (2:45)
Way Upon A Mountain (2:18)
Gonna Shake Hands With Mother Over There (2:49)
He Was Waiting At The Altar (2:55)
Oh Lord, My God (3:24)
What Would You Give In Exchange For My Soul (3:23)


  • W
    June 8, 2009 - 21:48 | Permalink

    Search HERE.

    • Visions
      January 13, 2013 - 11:47 | Permalink

      I can’t believe this set is out of print. I was just at the Country Music Hall of Fame and they had some nice stuff on the Louvin Brothers.

  • winkingtiger
    June 9, 2009 - 23:03 | Permalink

    Willard, you've done it again… I love the Louvins.

  • Eddie Riff
    June 10, 2009 - 01:04 | Permalink

    KILLER! Thanks for the outstanding share.

  • Anonymous
    June 10, 2009 - 12:20 | Permalink

    Great Share!

  • Mad Eye Matt
    June 10, 2009 - 13:06 | Permalink

    Thanks for the Louvin Bros set! Damn!

  • Anonymous
    June 10, 2009 - 13:34 | Permalink

    Shit man, that's great, thanks a ton!

  • Bob K
    June 10, 2009 - 20:17 | Permalink

    wow. simply wow.
    oh and yes thanks.
    what a gem this is going to be…

  • TBA
    June 10, 2009 - 20:59 | Permalink

    Wow, this is incredible. I've always loved what I've heard of these guys – their God is a vengeful God, and will totally mess you up if you aren't careful.

  • Capt. Willard
    June 10, 2009 - 21:10 | Permalink

    Satan is real, Brother.

  • Anonymous
    June 11, 2009 - 00:48 | Permalink

    Love this stuff!! Super download. Check out "The Stagger" on Disc Five, Track 11. This is a great one to add to that list of "dance" records (ie The Watusi, The Loco-motion, etc) that everyone loves so much.

    Charlie and Ira live!!


    Pete the Greek
    San Leandro, California, USA

  • Bombshelter Slim
    June 11, 2009 - 17:14 | Permalink

    the motherlode!! thanks

  • redsock
    June 11, 2009 - 18:57 | Permalink

    You, sir, are The Man.

    That is all.

  • fieldhippy
    June 12, 2009 - 00:43 | Permalink

    Wow! Thanks for this.

  • TheGratefulFan
    June 13, 2009 - 04:37 | Permalink

    Thanks for the fantastic selection of music + commentary (here and amongst other postings). It is much appreciated!

  • Capt. Willard
    June 13, 2009 - 04:51 | Permalink

    Thanks for all the comments.

  • Anonymous
    June 25, 2009 - 15:57 | Permalink

    Thanks! This is awesome.

    — andy —

  • Anonymous
    June 25, 2009 - 16:14 | Permalink

    Thanks for this upload its fantastic

  • Anonymous
    July 17, 2009 - 15:30 | Permalink

    Holy Moly! Thanks!

  • jc
    July 25, 2009 - 00:45 | Permalink

    really a god-send. thanks soooo much for this. just what i needed!!

  • Anonymous
    September 16, 2009 - 00:14 | Permalink

    wow. amazing. thank you so much.

  • Anonymous
    September 16, 2009 - 01:43 | Permalink

    holy shit, holy grail. this is sweet, sweet plum nectar to my ear. for this and the carter family box set, bear family = god.is.dead.but.bear.family.is.ALIVE.N.WELL., YO.

    A BEAUT!

  • opart68
    October 16, 2009 - 06:12 | Permalink

    Great! Thanks
    Perth, Australia

  • 1verycoolguy
    January 21, 2010 - 15:35 | Permalink

    How, in the world, did I ever miss this one. I love the Louvin Brothers Thanks so much for this.

  • Anonymous
    March 10, 2011 - 05:52 | Permalink

    This a great series, thank you for sharing. The Louvin Brothers so different in personalities but able to make songs of great passion.



  • August 26, 2011 - 10:46 | Permalink

    What a find. Been looking for some of this for some time. SWEET!! Tank you betty betty much.

  • furu.inu
    October 16, 2011 - 18:27 | Permalink

    Even though I’m a Buddhist/atheist, I just knew I wouldn’t be able to hold out very long against these guys the first time I saw the cover of “Satan Is Real”. Irresistible in so many, many ways. Thanks!

  • HD
    October 16, 2011 - 20:32 | Permalink

    We literally stumbled upon the Louvin Bros Museum in a Nashville strip mall near the Opry, a few years ago, and to our complete surprise, Charlie was there playing music with a small group for whoever wandered in. Astonishing. Then, he’d sit in a rocking chair and have a smoke while someone else sang a few tunes. We bought his new self-titled CD, which he autographed, chatted, and posed for a photo with me and my wife. One of the last of the breed, for sure.

  • HD
    October 16, 2011 - 20:34 | Permalink

    His voice showed his age, of course (Nearly 80, at that point), but his phrasing was remarkable.

  • Paul McClelland
    October 17, 2011 - 21:54 | Permalink

    Almost as good as the Delmore Bros. Thank you for the share.

  • jivethumb
    January 13, 2012 - 20:30 | Permalink

    this is epic and it truly rules! thanks willard

  • May 7, 2012 - 16:06 | Permalink

    Absolutely fantastic, Willard. I don’t know how I missed this set the first time around. I’ve been enjoying some of the Louvins’ albums that have been recently reissued on vinyl by Light In The Attic Records , but this will certainly help fill in the numerous gaps. Much obliged, pardner.


  • Anonymous
    May 7, 2012 - 16:16 | Permalink

    Marvelous. Thank you so much.

  • May 7, 2012 - 23:33 | Permalink

    Bring on the shine! Thanx, Will, my good friend……………….

  • Johnny Dangerous
    July 25, 2012 - 13:33 | Permalink


  • HighnLnsm
    December 4, 2013 - 23:18 | Permalink

    Cheers, Willard.

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  • Robert (@zweirad)
    May 25, 2014 - 21:36 | Permalink

    First off, thanks for serving up so many tasty tracks from across the musical universe. It’s been a real education reading through your blog.

    I think there’s a problem with the first CD at Mega
    It says that it’s starting, but never seems to finalize the download.

  • Cyrus
    May 28, 2014 - 12:05 | Permalink

    Nevermind….found it! Gollleee Sgt. Carter!! Thanks!

  • Robert (@zweirad)
    June 2, 2014 - 00:14 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard, you are the Man!

  • MichaelPaul
    January 23, 2016 - 22:37 | Permalink

    LOUVIN BROTHERS Close Harmony (1992)…i don’t see a link for this set anymore…..the only library that carries it around here.is SDSU….you have to be a student i think…otherwise they told me philly….can you re up link?..i am a longtime louvin fan

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