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  posted on 10/30/2007 at 06:15 AM
Heard this CD yesterday at my local Barnes and Nobles. I like the concept behind the CD and I enjoy both Allison Krauss and Robert Plant, and the song selections were good, but for some reason I couldn't really get into this CD, so I didn't buy it. At least not yet. I certainly wanted to, as I heard so much about this CD and this project, but true is, I was bit underwhelmed as expected more than what was delivered. Wonder if any of y'all have heard this CD and what your thoughts are? Maybe this is one of those CDs that have to grow on you.
 
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  posted on 10/30/2007 at 06:36 AM
I've heard cuts off of it on Sirius radio and my feeling is about the same as yours: underwhelmed. Hard to picture Robert Plant in the easy listening category, but that's really where he has gone on this in my opinion. Pleasant enough stuff...........as background office music I guess. In truth I have not heard the entire CD but I would not be one to go out and buy it based on what I HAVE heard.

 

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  posted on 10/30/2007 at 08:28 AM
I got the vinyl edition last week. It's hardly been off the turntable. Great Record. Love the selections.
Gene Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Mel Tillis. great songs from great songwriters. Great production from
T-Bone Burnett. And the vocal arrangements and harmony are stunning. Their voices blend so
smoothly. The performance by Robert and Allison is flawless.

"Killing the Blues", "Polly Come Home" and "Your Long Journey" are my favorites at the moment.

I really love this record. I think its one of the best I've heard in a while.

 

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  posted on 10/30/2007 at 08:32 AM
Fred,
That's pretty much the way I feel about the new Springsteen album recorded with the E Street Band, the first since The Rising. I've been so in to Raising Sand I feel I may be "clouded" whilst listening to the Boss!

Anyway, here's a link to a thread StickT initiated a few weeks back. I gave my take on RS here initially:

http://www.allmanbrothersband.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=XForum&am p;file=viewthread&tid=67663

I haven't taken this out of the player since picking it up last week... it's beautiful!

The album has great flow. T-Bone Burnett created a masterpiece when selecting these songs for Plant and Krauss, and when you hear this album you'll hear the producing power he is famous for... 'less is more'.

The voices of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss are smooth and unfaltering. The musicians, top notch in their own right, Norman Blake, Dennis Crouch, Marc Ribot, Riley Baugus, Jay Bellerose and Burnett, are complementary to the voices, yet powerful and clearly heard. Mike Piersante and Gavin Lurssen deserve accolades for their fine recording, mix and mastering skills, respectively.

If forced to choose, I'd lean towards Gene Clark's Through The Morning, Through The Night with Gregory Leisz in on pedal steel.

It's hard to choose a favorite here, so I just let it play...and play and play and play.

 

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  posted on 4/13/2008 at 05:56 AM
do yourself a favour. get this. it is the coolest recored I have heard in ages...

 

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  posted on 4/13/2008 at 08:37 AM
I have really grown to like this record. I was wanting so hard not to like it so I could jump on the Allison Ono bandwagon but I watched the CMT Crossroads special and feel in love with the live performances. So I broke down and got the cd and now I'm a fan. Life is strange, free your mind.
 

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  posted on 4/13/2008 at 08:42 AM
Btw, an update since I first posted on this back in Oct. Wife bought this CD for me as a Xmas present, and maybe because I'm playing it through a tube based system, the warmth of this CD really comes out. This has certainly become one of my more played CDs and one that I've come to appreciate more and more after repeated listening. Generally I like playing this CD either before or after playing Levon Helm's "Dirt Farmer" CD, as both CDs seem to compliment each other.
 
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  posted on 4/13/2008 at 08:56 AM
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Btw, an update since I first posted on this back in Oct. Wife bought this CD for me as a Xmas present, and maybe because I'm playing it through a tube based system, the warmth of this CD really comes out. This has certainly become one of my more played CDs and one that I've come to appreciate more and more after repeated listening. Generally I like playing this CD either before or after playing Levon Helm's "Dirt Farmer" CD, as both CDs seem to compliment each other.


you should hear the vinyl through a tube amp

glad you finally got into this Fred.

I'll be seeing this tour at Merriweather.


 

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  posted on 4/13/2008 at 11:05 AM
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I've heard cuts off of it on Sirius radio and my feeling is about the same as yours: underwhelmed.


I'm just .....whelmed about it.

 

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  posted on 4/13/2008 at 11:38 AM
I thought it was OK at first bu at the time I was also listening to alot of Zeppelin and was hoping for something a little harder rocking but its grown on me and is one of my favorites it gets played all the time. Will have to listen to it after Dirt Farmer sometime

 

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  posted on 4/13/2008 at 12:24 PM
Just surfin on billboards website and this album has sold platinum

 

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  posted on 4/13/2008 at 12:31 PM
-Raising Sand is terrific.

I picked it up because a friend recommended it, and I was actually really surprised how much I enjoy it.

I have to be in a certain mood, but when my mind is set to wander, it's the perferct accompaniment.

Libby - HELLO - I got the new Boss record as well. Not good!! I turned it off after 3 tracks, and have not put it back on at all. The Rising in my opinion is much much better, in fact, the Rising is a classic.

 

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  posted on 4/13/2008 at 02:00 PM
I love Alison Krauss and Union Station. I've always liked Robert Plant's work outside of Zep. I think he takes more risks rather than falling back to the old comfort (read: successful) zone. I was really looking forward to this pairing when I heard about it and I'm not disappointed. I just finished watching the Crossroads episode with them. It gives you a little background about what they are trying for and how they came together. I'm really intrigued by their version of 'Black Dog'. My wife and I are going to the Borgata in June to see them.

 

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Btw, an update since I first posted on this back in Oct. Wife bought this CD for me as a Xmas present, and maybe because I'm playing it through a tube based system, the warmth of this CD really comes out. This has certainly become one of my more played CDs and one that I've come to appreciate more and more after repeated listening. Generally I like playing this CD either before or after playing Levon Helm's "Dirt Farmer" CD, as both CDs seem to compliment each other.
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you should hear the vinyl through a tube amp

glad you finally got into this Fred.

I'll be seeing this tour at Merriweather.


Hey John,

What tube gear do you own? I thought you had a solid state Technics as an amp? Anyway, done a few mods on my system and it's sounding pretty warm (almost vinyl). Have to see how things go, but would really like to see this show at Merriweather. But unfortunately, I think my retirement may soon be coming to end, so we'll have to see what effect that has on my summer concert going experiences.

 
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  posted on 4/13/2008 at 03:04 PM
Raising Sand sounded interesting so I watched the Crossroads
episode. I could not get into it. She is too meek and mild and
stands in one place for most of the show. While Robert roams
the stage. The music sounded nice, but, that's it, just nice.
And sometimes boring. I wouldn't buy the CD. It doesn't speak
to me.

 
 


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