Raising Sand (Vinyl)
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Double vinyl edition of their classic album which was released in October 2007.
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.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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!!
It's too bad the immature and vacuous review by Jean-pierre Falardeau "Jeeparoo" had to scar this entry.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
In fairness, I've not bought a country music album before so.......I don't think Robert Plant has recorded one before. I am unfamiliar with Alison Krauss. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Susan Andrew
I thought that Grammy award might mean quality. Limp and uninteresting - Alison Krauss is so much better than this thing.Published 8 months ago by Samuel E. Wagar
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss are an amazing duo. Music is a hypnotic hybrid of many worldly styles.Published 11 months ago by belan
A wonderful CD. Track 7, Please Read the Letter, certainly harkens back to Led Zepplin Days and Track 11, Nothin', the drug crazed days of the early 70's. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Faline
One of my favorites. Love the combination of their voices. You won't be disappointed!Published 15 months ago by Tracey R
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