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Satan Is Real by The Louvin Brothers
Released: Jan 1959
Label: Capitol Nashville
One of the most infamous country gospel albums, Satan Is Real found some fans just on the strength of the kitschy album art. But what's even stranger is that the Louvin Brothers, also famous for such brutal murder ballads as "Knoxville Girl," could preach on the phonographic pulpit with perfect harmonies like "The Christian Life" (later covered by the Byrds) and "There's A Higher Power," a knee-slapping honky-tonk song. The eerie and cool title track was covered by Hank Williams III on 2006's Straight To Hell.
Eric Shea
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