Larry Gatlin And The Gatlin Brothers portrait Larry Gatlin And The Gatlin Brothers are a family harmony band that took the baritone-based Southern gospel/barbershop vocal style of the Statler Brothers and separated it from the nostalgic and novelty aspects of the Statlers. The Gatlins were very successful in the mid-1970s and early '80s, frequently cracking into the Top Ten, and scoring a trio of #1 hits. Many of their best songs are, indeed, quite irresistible... "Broken Lady," "All The Gold In California," "Take Me To Your Lovin' Place" and "Houston" are all fine examples of their sound, songs that remain as catchy today as when they first hit the charts... Originally a gospel trio, the group's fortunes intertwined closely with the solo career of songwriter and lead singer Larry Gatlin, who frequently leaned towards a softer, more romantic style... There's plenty of material in the Gatlin Brothers catalog that I don't care for, but the songs I do like are lots of fun. They're definitely worth checking out!




Discography - Best-Ofs

Larry Gatlin "Night Time Magic" (Sony, 1995)
Cheesy, yet sometimes clever, soft-pop country from the '70s. This collection includes Gatlin's big 1978 hit, "I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love," which is still a great anthemic novelty song. On the opposite end of the spectrum are sappy weepers like "I've Done Enough Dying Today" and "Help Me," wherein Larry croons mercilessly, in one of the most florid, flaccid styles imaginable. Countrypolitan connoisseurs might really dig this; folks looking for a good strong tune to sing along with may be a little less enthused.


Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers "The Best Of The Gatlins: All The Gold In California" (Columbia-Legacy, 1996)


Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers "16 Biggest Hits" (Sony, 2000)
A good, standard-issue best-of set that includes many of their best songs. Great starting place for casual listeners -- and probably as much of the Gatlins as you'll need, unless you turn out to be a koo-koo krazy fan.


Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers "17 Greatest Hits" (Sony, 2008)


Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers "Best Of" (Curb, 2010)


Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers "Greatest Hits/Straight Ahead" (Collectables, 2001)


Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers "Houston Denver/Not Guilty" (Collectables, 2000)




Discography - Albums

Larry Gatlin "The Pilgrim" (Monument, 1973) (LP)


Larry Gatlin "Rain/Rainbow" (Monument, 1974) (LP)


Larry Gatlin "High Time" (Monument, 1975) (LP)


Larry Gatlin "Larry Gatlin With Family And Friends" (Monument, 1976) (LP)


Larry Gatlin "Love Is Just A Game" (Monument, 1977) (LP)


Larry Gatlin "Oh Brother" (Monument, 1978) (LP)


Larry Gatlin "Straight Ahead" (Columbia, 1979)
Reissued on a twofer CD, along with the Greatest Hits album...


Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers "Help Yourself" (Columbia, 1980) (LP)


Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers "Not Guilty" (Columbia, 1981)
Reissued on a twofer CD, along with the Houston To Dallas album...


Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers "Sure Feels Like Love" (Columbia, 1982) (LP)


Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers "A Gatlin Family Christmas" (Columbia, 1982)


Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers "Houston To Denver" (Columbia, 1984)


Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers "Smile" (Columbia, 1985)


Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers "Partners" (Columbia, 1986)


Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers "Alive And Well" (Columbia, 1987) (LP)


Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers "Pure 'N' Simple" (Universal, 1989)


Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers "Live At 8:00 PM" (Universal, 1989)


Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers "Cookin' Up A Storm" (Capitol, 1990)


Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers "Christmas" (Capitol, 1990)


Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers "Adios" (Liberty, 1992)


Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers "Moments To Remember" (Branson, 1993)


Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers "Cool Water" (Intersound, 1994)


Larry Gatlin "In My Life" (CEMA, 1998)


The Gatlin Brothers "Christmas With The Gatlin Brothers" (Brentwood, 1999)


Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers "Sing Their Family Gospel Favorites" (Dualtone, 2004)
This is a nice Christian country set, if that's a style you go for. Admittedly, Larry is sounding a little long in the tooth and slightly shaky as a soloist, but their obvious sincerity and love of the music lifts this album up, and when they sing in an upbeat jubilee style, the Gatlins can really get your toes a-tappin'. There are also some slower ballads sung in a more modern Southern Gospel style, though almost all the songs are older traditional tunes like "Amazing Grace," "Rock Of Ages," Albert E. Brumley's "I'll Fly Away," etc. Another nice thing is that the musical backup is pretty restrained: they just have the band play as much is necessary to get the message across, and leave the emphasis on their vocals and on the words, which is really where is belongs. Gospel fans and Gatlin fans alike should enjoy this record quite a bit.


Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers "Live At Billy Bob's Texas" (Smith Music, 2004)


Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers "Live At Billy Bob's Texas" (DVD) (Smith Music, 2004)


The Gatlin Brothers "A Christmas Celebration" (Intersound, 2003)


Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers "Sing Their Family Gospel Favorites" (Dualtone, 2004)
This is a nice Christian country set, if that's a style you go for. Admittedly, Larry is sounding a little long in the tooth and slightly shaky as a soloist, but their obvious sincerity and love of the music lifts this album up, and when they sing in an upbeat jubilee style, the Gatlins can really get your toes a-tappin'. There are also some slower ballads sung in a more modern Southern Gospel style, though almost all the songs are older traditional tunes like "Amazing Grace," "Rock Of Ages," Albert E. Brumley's "I'll Fly Away," etc. Another nice thing is that the musical backup is pretty restrained: they just have the band play as much is necessary to get the message across, and leave the emphasis on their vocals and on the words, which is really where is belongs. Gospel fans and Gatlin fans alike should enjoy this record quite a bit.




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