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Raising Sand (Vinyl)


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  • LP Record (Oct. 8 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000V9KE1U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,071 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Rich Woman
2. Killing The Blues
3. Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us
4. Polly Come Home
5. Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)
6. Through The Morning, Through The Night
7. Please Read The Letter
Disc: 2
1. Trampled Rose
2. Fortune Teller
3. Stick With Me Baby
4. Nothin'
5. Let Your Loss Be Your Lesson
6. Your Long Journey

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Review

On 'Raising Sand,' the improbable collaboration between Led Zeppelin's lead singer and the sweet-voiced string-band innovator, there's a third factor: the producer T Bone Burnett, who places their voices in an unhurried down-home realm somewhere between the 1950s and eternity. -- New York Times, September 6, 2007 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Perhaps only the fantasy duo of King Kong and Bambi could be a more bizarre pairing than Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Yet on Raising Sand, their haunting and brilliant collaboration, the Led Zeppelin screamer and Nashville's most hypnotic song whisperer seem made for each other. This, however, is not the howling Plant of "Whole Lotta Love," but a far more precise and softer singer than even the one who emerged with Dreamland (2002). No matter that Plant seems so subdued as to be on downers, for that's one of the keys to this most improbable meeting of musical galaxies--almost all of it seems slowed down, out of time, otherworldly, and at times downright David Lynch-ian, the product of an altered consciousness. Yet probably the main reason it all works so well is the choice of producer T Bone Burnette, the third star of the album, who culled mostly lesser-known material from some of the great writers of blues, country, folk, gospel, and R&B, including Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt, Milt Campbell, the Everly Brothers, Sam Phillips, and A.D. and Rosa Lee Watson. At times, Burnette's spare and deliberate soundscape--incisively crafted by guitarists Marc Ribot and Norman Blake, bassist Dennis Crouch, drummer Jay Bellerose, and multi-instrumentalist Mike Seeger, among others--is nearly as dreamy and subterranean as Daniel Lanois's work with Emmylou Harris (Wrecking Ball). Occasionally, Burnette opts for a fairly straightforward production while still reworking the original song (Plant's own "Please Read the Letter," Mel Tillis's "Stick with Me, Baby"). But much of the new flesh on these old bones is oddly unsettling, if not nightmarish. On the opening track of "Rich Woman," the soft-as-clouds vocals strike an optimistic mood, while the instrumental backing--loose snare, ominous bass line, and insinuating electric guitar lines--create a spooky, sinister undertow. Plant and Krauss trade out the solo and harmony vocals, and while they both venture into new waters here (Krauss as a mainstream blues mama, Plant as a gospel singer and honkytonker), she steals the show in Sam Phillips' new "Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us," where a dramatic violin and tremulous banjo strike a foreboding gypsy tone. When Krauss begins this strange, seductive song in a voice so ethereal that angels will take note, you may stop breathing. That, among other reasons, makes Raising Sand an album to die for. --Alanna Nash --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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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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