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Old 10-22-2007, 09:38 AM   #1
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Robert Plant And Alison Krauss

They have made a CD together, has anyone heard it? It's called Raising Sand

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"Popular music sometimes offers some strange pairings. Remember Aerosmith and Run DMC? Bono and Tony Bennett? Well, try to wrap your brain around this one: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. He is the former Led Zeppelin banshee from Britain, she is a bluegrass-country songbird and fiddler from the U.S. I can’t even imagine where they met up – at a Marilyn Manson/Charlotte Church concert perhaps? But it’s a good thing they did. They joined musical forces on a new CD called “Raising Sand,” which is a hybrid of both of their styles, yet it winds up in entirely new territory. Produced by T. Bone Burnett and featuring a gaggle of coveted studio musicians, “Raising Sand” soars with some cool and unusual numbers such as “Rich Woman” and covers of the Plant-Jimmy Page tune “Please Read the Letter” and Sam Phillips’ “Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us.” As musical partnerships go, this one’s a keeper. "(Rounder)
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Old 10-22-2007, 10:05 AM   #2
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I haven't heard it yet, but I'll be interested to listen to it. I'm always interested in Plant's material, but also, Alison Krauss has one of the most amazing voices that I've ever heard.
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Old 10-22-2007, 08:17 PM   #3
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I'm really digging what I've heard of this so far... I love that it's not just bluegrass, but early rock n roll we're hearing from them...
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Old 10-23-2007, 07:32 PM   #5
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Yes I know, I posted this one first if that's some sort of issue

The CD is available for listening on msn music

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A review I read today. I am listening to it now, I really like the way their voices sound together.

An odd couple makes magic

By Sarah Rodman, Globe Staff | October 23, 2007

"Raising Sand" is the stuff of which music lovers' dreams are made: an unexpected collision of two distinct but complementary worlds that transcend the sum of their parts to create something unique and mesmerizing.

Led Zeppelin main man Robert Plant and country/bluegrass treasure Alison Krauss. Who'd have thunk it?

Apparently they did. The mutual admirers have been meaning to get together for seven years. Better late than never. On "Raising Sand," out today on Rounder Records, there is no uncomfortable push or pull. Instead of seesawing between any expectations created by their previous output, both artists happily play in the sonic landscapes of famed producer T Bone Burnett, who has worked with Elvis Costello and Los Lobos and helmed the Grammy-winning "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack.

For his part, Burnett chose an intriguing set of off-the-beaten-path covers - from Tom Waits's "Trampled Rose" to Page and Plant's "Please Read The Letter" - chucked the original arrangements, and hired a band of like-minded mavericks, including always-inventive guitarist Marc Ribot.

This adventurous, three-to-tango atmosphere (four if you include the top-notch band) is evident from the outset as quivering guitars and distant percussion lay the groundwork for the tender yet spicy blues of "Rich Woman."

Here, as on almost every track, there is an intimacy to Plant and Krauss's vocals; they don't move side by side but are enmeshed, often in hushed or joyous choirs of harmony. That intimacy is enhanced by Burnett's painstaking placement of instruments - steel guitar, banjo, organ, various forms of percussion - not always doing what you'd expect, like the dark-and-dirty detour Krauss takes with her normally lyrical fiddle on "Nothin'."

The austere "Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us," written by Burnett's ex-wife, Sam Phillips, at times feels like a raga and at times like circus music from a Wes Anderson movie. "Polly Come Home," sung by Plant in a controlled murmur - one of several silken modes employed throughout - is almost painfully erotic. Rowland Salley, Chris Isaak's bassist, contributes the dreamy, slow chug "Killing the Blues," which wouldn't sound out of place on one of his boss's records.

Each track sets a different mood - a lullaby, a seduction, a prayer, a remembrance - but adheres to Burnett's elusive but recognizable template of blending vintage rock, country, folk, and blues with a lot of space. That space gives his work both an earthy quality and something approaching the otherworldly without ever veering into psychedelia.

The only listeners who may be disappointed in "Raising Sand" are those who prefer Plant in full-on storm-the-drawbridge mode. The famous howl is mostly absent but several songs feature variations on his eruptive ululations. Krauss's ethereal soprano is in grade-A form and she works expertly to enfold his voice like an angel's wings.

On "Stick With Me Baby," a Mel Tillis tune cut by the Everly Brothers, Krauss and Plant play a pair whose union is doubted around town, but they decide to keep their own counsel. "Let them say what they may," they croon, "stick with me baby, we'll find a way."

On "Raising Sand," with Burnett's help, that's exactly what they do.
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Old 10-23-2007, 07:37 PM   #6
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If anyone wants a copy eherm marine22@sbcglobal.net only if ye want's to. argghhh

Oh and it's really really good. I love the Banjo.
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I am exceedingly pleased with this album. Plant is on an incredible winning streak this decade- "Dreamland," "Mighty Rearranger," and this album are all superb. I hope that he does not hang up his microphone now, as he has hinted, because the manner in which he has been reexamining his musical roots is producing some excellent albums.
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I saw an ad on tv for it recently, their voices blend very well together. I look forward to hearing more!
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I played part of it on Rhapsody today, and it sounded great.

I really enjoyed the song Please Read The Letter.
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Old 10-27-2007, 02:45 PM   #10
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I'm a fan of Alison Krauss, but this release didn't get my motor running or anything.

But I just heard a few of the songs online, and now my motor is running. MUST GET THIS CD POST HASTE!
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Old 11-02-2007, 02:36 PM   #11
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I had no idea what to expect from this CD but I was pleasantly surprised. I would've never ever thought these two would get together, but after listening to this CD (2423492342 times) I wonder what took them so long. Both are very talented individuals whose unique flavors really blend well together in these tracks. I can't think of a single track that I hate in this CD. I think the Sister Rosetta track is probably my most played right now.
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It's not out where I live yet, but I'm interested. I really enjoyed Plant's last album and I like strange collaborations.
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I just downloaded this with my iTunes giftcard
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Old 12-26-2007, 06:35 AM   #14
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I've listened to the album today and really like what I'm hearing, I wouldn't pick these two to work together, but their voices blend beautifully and the music is really moody and evocative, it matches the austere black-and-white photography of the sleeve perfectly. Good stuff.
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Old 12-26-2007, 08:39 AM   #15
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I still haven't gotten it, I should. I was hoping someone might get it for me for Christmas but no luck. It's on many of the top ten CD's of 07 lists.
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