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  • Audio CD (Oct. 23 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder
  • ASIN: B000UMQDHC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,834 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

The musical collaboration of the decade, Raising Sand is the sound of two iconic figures stepping out of their respective comfort zones and letting their instincts lead them across a brave new sonic landscape. Despite hailing from distinctly different backgrounds, Alison Krauss and Robert Plant share a maverick spirit and willingness to extend the boundaries of their respective genres. This spirit, expertly honed by producer T Bone Burnett, has resulted in an album pitched three steps beyond some cosmic collision of early urban blues, spacious West Texas country, and the untapped potential of the folk-rock revolution. Supported by the unparalleled musicianship of Marc Ribot, Dennis Crouch, Mike Seeger, Jay Bellerose, Norman Blake, Greg Leisz, Patrick Warren, and Riley Baugus, Plant and Krauss -- as both solo and harmony vocalists -- tackle an intriguing selection of songs from such tunesmiths as Tom Waits, Gene Clark, Sam Phillips, Townes Van Zandt, The Everly Brothers, and Mel Tillis. Raising Sand finds Robert Plant and Alison Krauss exploring popular music's elemental roots while still sounding effortlessly, breath-takingly contemporary.


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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Music Vet on Oct. 24 2007
Format: Audio CD
To be fair, I never had much time for Led Zep and only a passing interest in Alison Krauss but I'd read about this record and I thought I would try it. Plant's part is more of a whisper than a scream but he meshes with Krauss seamlessly as they take great joy in one man's version (T-Bone Burnett)of the Great American songbook. Definitely more Sunday morning than Saturday night but the entire album is as familiar as best pair of jeans and as memorable as your first kiss.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By violetta on Oct. 25 2007
Format: Audio CD
I raised my eyebrows when I first read about "Raising Sand".I've listened with great pleasure to Robert Plant for, well, a while now. All I knew of Allison Krauss was picked up from snippets on PBS and the soundtrack of "Oh Brother Where art Thou". Turns out to be a fine collaboration, sweet and sensual, immediately engaging...a place to linger in a musical journey I hope will continue for many years to come.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By nonpromqueen on Nov. 4 2007
Format: Audio CD
When I heard Robert Plant was making an album with Alison Krauss I was overjoyed.

I love Led Zeppelin, and Krauss is my favorite female vocalist so an album with both of them was music to my ears! (literally!)

From start to finish, Krauss and Plant compliment each other beautifully.

My favorites have to be Gone Gone Gone, Please Read The Letter and Fortune Teller.

Buy this album! You will not be disappointed!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Livalike on Jan. 8 2008
Format: Audio CD
I recommend this album to all music lovers regardless of your genre leanings. Krauss' voice is simply stunning (I cannot think of a female vocalist with a more pure, subtle or beautiful voice) and Plant has finally learned to sing properly!!! Don't get me wrong -- I am a dedicated Zep fan -- but this is the first time I have heard his voice truly shine. Love this album's version of Please Read the Letter and Sister Rosetta gives me goosebumps. Highly, highly recommended.

It's too bad the immature and vacuous review by Jean-pierre Falardeau "Jeeparoo" had to scar this entry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Forester on Dec 1 2007
Format: Audio CD
An amazing CD. It touches so many genres and ages of music. The energy of Led Zep comes through and is softened with Krauss's melodic voice. This is truly a great album for both Plant and Krauss. Lyrics include collaboration with Jimmy Page to give them the great essence of feeling that is conveyed so well by Plant and Krauss. "Please read the letter that I wrote" is an absolutely fabulous song that stays with me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Nenadov on Dec 30 2007
Format: Audio CD
This album has received a ton of hype, and in some senses it is warranted. The combination of Plant and Krauss is in itself something of a spectacle that is guaranteed to get attention. But I'm struck with the fact that they actually go together pretty well musically! It sounds like they've been together for a long time.

Throughout, this CD is soothing and composed quaintly. The entire thing has a nice, smooth cohesion to it. But yet, the individual tracks are generally not all that impressive on their own. Only 3 tracks really shine forth: Gone, Gone, Gone; Please Read This Letter; Fortune Teller. Three "WOW" tracks out of 13 is pretty good, but in the case it isn't enough to bring this album up to five stars in my opinion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kingston Maggie on Jan. 21 2008
Format: Audio CD
Being a Zep fan it was hard to imagine how this work would turn out but it is fantastic. It may take a bit to get used to a more mellow Robert Plant but the more you listen the more addictive it becomes. A great addition to any cd collection regardless of your taste in music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mocha on Dec 11 2008
Format: Audio CD
If you're expecting Robert Plant to sound like he did with Jimmy Page, you will be disappointed by "Raising Sand". This is not an energizing rock album. It took me a few "listens" before I got over that. It will definitely appeal to Alison Krauss fans since her country style predominates, and Plant does some background vocals for her. I don't normally like country music or duets very much, but this album is so well done, it seems to stand in a category of its own. Although an unlikely pair, Krauss and Plant manage to pull it off. There are no filler songs, they are all good in terms of lyrics, music and vocals. It's not a "blow me away" album, but it is worth listening to several times. To be fully appreciated, I would recommend playing this album loud with headphones in a small space. Otherwise, you miss too much. I would give it three stars for how much I like it and how often I have played it, and four stars for the quality of the endeavour.
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