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Alison Krauss & Union Station - Live (Multichannel Hybrid SACD) Hybrid SACD - DSD

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This two-CD, 25-song set, recorded in Louisville on two nights in the spring of 2002, finds bluegrass's most celebrated crossover band at the top of its game. Krauss's warm, feathery vocals, capable of conveying complex emotions in a single note, appear more full-bodied than in studio recordings, yet lose none of their sensual appeal or dramatic tension. She's perfect, for example, as the melancholy temptress on "Let Me Touch You for Awhile," coming across as both savior and seductress, while Jerry Douglas's Dobro echoes the searing strains of passion and pain. With banjoist-guitarist Ron Block, bassist Barry Bales, and guest drummer Larry Atamanuik anchoring the rhythm, the ensemble deftly blends bluegrass with jazz, rock, and folk, combining lightning speed (though rushing through "Forget About It") with sophisticated chops, tangible emotion, and thrilling vocal blends. The crowd, more spellbound with every note, doesn't even breathe on "Ghost in This House" and nearly tears the place down on Dan Tyminski's voice-of-George Clooney showcase, "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow." But who could blame them? It's only one highlight on an album of uncommon artistry, a moving testament to how good live music can be in the hands of world-class players. --Alanna Nash

Disc: 1
1. Let Me Touch You for a While
2. Choctaw Hayride
3. The Lucky One
4. Baby, Now That I've Found You
5. Bright Sunny South
6. Every Time You Say Goodbye
7. Tiny Broken Heart
8. Cluck Old Hen
9. Stay
10. Broadway
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. A Tribute to Peador O''donnell/Monkey Let the Hogs Out
2. The Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn
3. Take Me for Longing
4. I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow
5. Maybe
6. We Hide and Seek
7. But You Know I Love You
8. When You Say Nothing at All
9. New Favorite
10. Oh, Atlanta
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 1, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Rounder / UMGD
  • ASIN: B00008NGHI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (291 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,275 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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83 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Steven K. Szmutko VINE VOICE on May 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Alison Krauss & Union Station - Live is a marvelous live album with some of the production values I have ever heard. Each track has a terrific warmth and richness.
The two-CD set combines the soft floating voice of Alison with the hard-driving bluegrass of a talented collection of musicians to provide a high level of entertainment, especially as morning or evening drive time listening in the car.
Ms. Krauss' voice is used to wonderful advantage in such tracks as "Let Me Touch You for Awhile," "The Lucky One," "Forget About It," "There is a Reason," and many others. One of my favorites is the plaintive "Ghost in this House." By the same token, the bluegrass instrumentals such as "Choctaw Hayride" and "Cluck Old Hen" can best be described as quintessential country-car-chase tunes.
For those who have never had the pleasure of listening either to Ms. Krauss or to bluegrass, this album is an excellent introduction to both and is an essential recording in every respect.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Brian Sawyer on January 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
First, this album is everything you would expect from the first live album from such a fine band. Recorded in Kentucky, the birthplace of Bluegrass, it alternates slow ballads--featuring Alison Krauss's distinctive, beautiful voice--with rollicking, foot-stomping, quick-pickin' bluegrass numbers. It's a real treat, all the way through the 25-song collection. It's also very reasonably priced for an album of that length, and it includes most of the band's "hits." So, if you're interested in getting a first album by Alison Krauss & Union Station, this should be one of your top choices.
Now, for the fun surprise of the album (at least for me). In the Coen brothers' filmed tribute to southern roots music, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Alison Krauss's haunting voice is immediately recognizable as one of the tempting sirens (Gillian Welch and Emmylou Harris are the other two) in "Didn't Leave Nobody But The Baby," as one half of the vocals (Gillian Welch is the other half) in "I'll Fly Away," and as the lead vocal on the beautiful rendition of "Down in the River to Pray."
Less recognizable in that film, however, are the mysterious voices and musicians that make up the Soggy Bottom Boys, whose "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" serves as leitmotif for the whole movie. Anyway, a few tracks into disc 2 of Alison Krauss & Union Station: Live, I felt the thrilling surprise of the yokel in O Brother who exclaims "Hot damn, it's the Soggy Bottom Boys!" as they launch into their hit single to thunderous applause. Sure enough, the mouthpiece for George Clooney is none other than Dan Tyminski, guitarist and vocalist for Union Station, and their live rendition of "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" is clearly a Soggy Bottom Boys performance. Nice.
Incidentally, for all you O Brother fans, "Down to the River to Pray" is also on the album.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Marsha B. Rupe on January 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I have heard Alison Krauss and Union Station piecemeal over a period of years on the weekly KUNM-FM radio program "Folk Routes," and jumped at the chance to pick up this live, 2-CD set. Live sets often are a gamble sound quality wise, but I was pleasantly surprised (estactic is the right word) with "Alison Krauss + Union Station Live." Alison shines on both vocals and fiddle, examples of the former on songs such as "Baby, Now That I've Found You," and the latter on the rolicking, crowd-pleasing instrumental "Cluck Old Hen." Jerry Douglas's dobro is a strongpoint of both the band and this performance. Dan Tyminski takes over lead vocals on another of many highlights of this set, "The Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn," with a long dobro lead-in by Jerry. And, of course, the real crowd pleaser on this set is Tyminski (lead vocals), Jerry, Ron Block and Barry Bales reprising their work on the "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou" soundtrack foundation, "I am a Man of Constant Sorrow." For me, another gem on this set carried over from the "Oh Brother" soundtrack is Alison, Dan, Ron and Barry soaring rendition of "Down to the River to Pray." This incredible CD -- a great value -- continues to see heavy rotation in my CD players.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By momwith2kids on November 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
You've probably heard this a thousand times, but if you like bluegrass, and you liked the soundtrack to "O Brother Where Art Thou," you MUST pick up this live double-cd. The sound quality is ultimate perfection, no annoying audience noise during the songs, the musicianship is immaculate, the melodies are beautiful, and the harmonies are utterly fantastic. The music will make your heart pound, it even may bring a tear to your eye...I kid you not. Alison Krauss' voice is angelic, and Union Station's music and harmonies just create this unbelievable wall of sound. It's truly a gorgeous cd. Some of my favorite songs on here are Choctaw Hayride, Cluck Old Hen, Everytime You Say Goodbye, and Forget About It, Stay, Take Me For Longing and A Tribute to Peador O'Donnell--outstanding dobro work. But really this whole double-cd is great and I always listen to it all the way through. It cheers me up, makes the day seem a little brighter. I'm not exaggerating here. Buy it for yourself. Buy it for your friend. Buy it for your folks.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Ross on April 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
It's about time that the award-winning Alison Krauss and Union Station released a live album, and a double-CD doozy it is! A live DVD of the same show is also forthcoming. Recorded in April, 2002 at the Palace Theater in Louisville, KY as part of their "New Favorite" tour, the album serves up 25 songs that mix newer material with older hits like Let Me Touch You For Awhile, The Lucky One, Everytime You Say Goodbye, Broadway, Faraway Land, When You Say Nothing At All, and Oh Atlanta. One of the songs (Down to the River to Pray) was recorded live at Austin City Limits. This package is a true testament to the tightness of AKUS, and a live album like this clearly exudes musical energy as the band feeds off the enthusiastic response of a large appreciative audience. While applause can be slightly annoying, once the band launches into a song, there is little in the way of noise distraction and disruption with the exception of some minimal clapping along on "Bright Sunny South." The musicians, soundmen and recording engineer were all doing their jobs right and in professional workmanlike style on those two fateful days in Louisville.
Besides Alison, the band includes Barry Bales, Ron Block, Jerry Douglas, Dan Tyminski and on about half of the tracks, guest percussionist Larry Atamanuik. The appearance of this tasteful Nashville session drummer serves to reinforce the eclectic nature of this band's repertoire that is probably best classified as acoustic country, with occasional bluegrass selections. And, it is their instrumental virtuosity and vocal prowess that have personalized their sound and built their large fan base. Tyminiski handles the lead vocals on four tracks, and he's probably at his soulful best singing a song like "The Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn.
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