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Two Highways

Alison and Union Statio Krauss Audio CD
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1. Two Highways
2. I'm Alone Again
3. Wild Bill Jones
4. Beaumont Rag
5. Heaven's Bright Shore
6. Love You In Vain
7. Here Comes Goodbye
8. As Lovely As You
9. Windy City Rag
10. Lord Don't Forsake Me
11. Teardrops Will Kiss the Morning Dew
12. Midnight Rider

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Alison Krauss's second Rounder effort builds on the promise of her debut, further honing her blend of traditional and contemporary, an artistic tactic that would have a huge impact on bluegrass and bluegrass audiences throughout the 1990s. Still only 17 when she waxed this one, Krauss handles old-time rags, gospel favorites, and modern country with equal flair and almost-annoying perfection. This was 1989 and her widespread critical acclaim had not yet translated into commercial acceptance, but Two Highways catches her at a time just before the polish began to sand away the rougher edges of her sound. Rough, however, is a relative term because, then as now, it's impossible for this phenom to ever sound anything but smooth. --Marc Greilsamer

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic bluegrass from young Alison Dec 22 2003
Format:Audio CD
This was Alison's second album but the first on which her band gets title billing. The musicians were Alison Krauss (fiddle), Mike Harman (banjo), Jeff White (guitar), John Pennell (bass), Jerry Douglas (dobro) and Brent Truitt (mandolin). Jerry and Brent were not members of Union station but were brought in as guests on the recordings. Alison was just 17 when these tracks were recorded but she was already the supreme performer. Jeff White sings lead on Wild Bill Jones, As lovely as you, Lord don't forsake me and Midnight rider, with Alison and Mike providing harmony vocals. Beaumont rag and Windy city rag are instrumentals. On all other tracks, Alison sings lead vocal, with Jeff and Mike providing harmony vocals.
The last two tracks will be the most familiar. Teardrops will kiss the morning dew was originally recorded by the Osborne brothers, an excellent bluegrass outfit, and was also covered by Billie Jo Spears. Both those versions are somewhat obscure, but Alison's own version was selected for inclusion on Now that I've found you A collection, the hugely successful compilation of Alison's music. If you are thinking of buying this album, you surely own that compilation already - and if not, you should buy that first. The final track is a cover of Gregg Allman's classic Midnight rider, here adapted to bluegrass - brilliantly.
You are not likely to know many (if any) of the first ten tracks but they are definitely worth a listen. They are a varied mix of ballads and up-tempo but the overall feel of the album is upbeat. Possibly the best is Heaven's bright shore though it is difficult to pick out highlights on an album of such quality.
If you already have Now that I've found you A collection and you want to explore Alison's early music further, this is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In her second album, Alison hits Full Stride June 25 2004
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Still only 17 in 1989 when this, her second album, was released, Alison Krauss made a mark that has kept her atop the heap in Bluegrass ever since. More of a "band" album than her debut, this one also features guitar phenom Jeff White on lead vocals on a few tunes and the instrumentals are among the best Alison has ever recorded, mainly due to Mr. White's hot flat-picking. Old Beaumont Rag got a good workout here!
The album features both traditional material like "Wild Bill Jones" (sung by Jeff White - now performed exquisitely by Dan Tyminski in Alison's Band), and innovative arrangements of material from other genre's. The Allman Brother's "Midnight Flyer" gets turned from rhythmic yearning ballad into a banjo-driven barn burner, with vocals that soar and harmonies that are absolutely hair-raising.
Alyson's voice is noticeably smoother than in the debut album and I would guess it was about HERE that critics began saying that she had the voice of an angel.
I don't personally know what an angel sounds like, but it would be a HIGH compliment to say one sounded like Alison Krauss on "Two Highways".
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Alison CD Aug. 12 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I first saw AK and Union Station on Austin City Limits, and really only caught the tail end of the show, but it was enough to hook me. With this album she really shows why she is a wonderfully talented musician who is not confined to one style or genre of music. This was my first CD of hers and I still think it is the best. I also think much credit goes to Union Station and their musical support and prowess. Jeff White on guitar and great tenor vocals, Mike Harman kicking in with some excellent banjo, John Pennell slapping out bass licks and writing some very good music for Alison throughout her career. I believe that they are the best lineup of Union Station(no offense to the current band). The version of Midnight Rider is absolutely fantastic, buy this CD to get your feet wet on Alison, and then be prepared to buy more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The grass is growing bluer... June 21 2000
Format:Audio CD
Allison Krauss and Union Station really hit a bluegrass stride with this album. A traditional sounding collection of songs displays a well suited female bluegrass lead vocal. Allison sometimes gets a little "high lonsome" sounding (Bill Monroe meets Emmylou Harris). Recent recordings show her maturing style as she has softened and diversified her vocals, but this is a tremendous collection that you will be glad to share with purists and even folks that might sit long enough to listen to some good ole time music. With good performances on Guitar, Bass, Violin and Dobro - I think a mandolin snuck into the mix more than once. Musicians will want to play along with this recording to get their chops in shape. Your toes will be taping and a smile will spread across your face.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality, traditional bluegrass June 11 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I grew up in the West Virginia hills and remember going to summer arts and crafts festivals as a kid and listening to the bluegrass musicians sit around in a big circle playing their instruments (many of them homemade) while we kids kept the rythym with stomper dolls. Even though I usually listen to rock & roll, I have always had a soft spot for top quality, traditional bluegrass that reminds me of those summer days of my West Virginia childhood. Nobody does it better than Alison Krauss and Union Station. I'm so glad that Alison didn't give into the Nashville money brokers who wanted to make her a country star at the expense of the beautiful bluegrass music that she and her band play so well.
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