Charlie Louvin

It Almost Felt Like Love

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On his own, Charlie Louvin of the Louvin Brothers is like the hitchiker with a "Need a Ride to Nashville" sign. He seems to love straight-ahead country music of the meat and potatoes variety. On this superb session he picks up the equivalent of a comfortable ride all the way to his destination. Producer Kelso Herston has the wisdom to provide a very natural sound on the vocals, which although hardly imitative could sometimes be compared in style to George Jones. And that certainly should be taken as a compliment. Billy Sherrill, who produced many a Jones album, is on hand as engineer, which couldn't have hurt. Choice of material is very good, including a great Bill Anderson song entitled "As Much as I Love You." The overall theme is love, hardly a novel idea for a country record but also hardly problematic when the artist is this sincere and straightforward. Too band none of the musicians are credited -- the pickers add plenty to the proceedings, the arrangements making excellent use of striking little instrumental touches.

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