Although the Louvin Brothers were a successful country act that released more than a dozen LPs, Satan is Real is easily their most well-known record because of its cover: holding a pitchfork, a buck- toothed cross-eyed Satan glows in the background while the Louvin Brothers look more amused than scared. The cover may be good for a laugh, but the music is serious. It’s also—like almost everything the Louvin Brothers recorded—classic country music featuring close harmonies and top Nashville studio musicians. The songs are mostly self-penned, and you don’t have to be a God-fearing Christian to be drawn into these tales of struggle and redemption. The decision to bring Satan is Real back into print was made while Charlie Louvin was still living, and his passing influenced the accompanying CD, Handpicked Songs 1955-1962, which came about after 14 musicians were asked to choose a favorite Louvin Brothers song. The result could be characterized as a highly personal compilation that allows these flame-bearers to show their love. Both releases are also available as individual 180-gram LPs, and everything—the CDs, the original tapes, the original and the reissued LPs—is in mono.