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

Alison Krauss and Union Station, Alison KraussAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)

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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 (230 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,971 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
See all 12 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

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

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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Live Album with In-Studio Production Values 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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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Damn, It's the Soggy Bottom Boys! 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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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST-HAVE 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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Disc and SACD Implementation June 18, 2003
Format:Audio CD
As an AKUS fan I already had much of the music on this disc so my purchasing it was as my first exposure to the SACD format. The multichannel production is primarily stereo with center and rear channels providing ambient echo. I'm still learning about SACD and its differneces over CD (PCM) are subtle. Music (vocals in particular) are warmer and more realistic. The "edge" present in CD recordings seems softer. Details (subtle notes, whispers, etc) are heard more distinctly. Alison's fine voice and the instruments of Union Station really do the SACD format justice. Alison begans the track "Down to the River" acapella. With only her voice to be heard I realized how good SACD can be. Her singing on the track is simply the most realistic recording I have ever heard come through my speakers. Beautiful group and lead singer - beautiful sounding recording
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Bluegrass
Krauss and her musicians have a great blend of vocal and instrumental music, and each song stands on its own. Great music for driving across the plains!
Published 8 hours ago by P. Didur
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great music
Published 5 days ago by Bobbie Rand
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music. My husband loved his gift
Great music. My husband loved his gift.
Published 17 days ago by Joy G. Secrest
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Magic
As soon as the first notes starts you are in a magical world.
The only remark is about the leaflet it is quite poor.
Published 1 month ago by Maurizio Mauro
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing !!!!
One of the most amazing sounding Disks in my collection! There is a reason this disk is so hard to find, not to mention expensive. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jerry K. Proctor
5.0 out of 5 stars Alison Krauss & Union Station - Live
Beautiful music for all who love songs that tell a story. Alison's pure sweet voice makes this one of my favorite blue-grass inspired
CD's in my collection.
Published 1 month ago by Mary Hutchison
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say!?!
Alison Krauss and Union Station have been one of my favorites for several years and this CD is a prime example why. Read more
Published 1 month ago by lawrence w obrien
1.0 out of 5 stars What did they do????
The sound engineer destroyed the joy of seeing US live. Maybe I have a bad disk, but the mix level on this album is so bad that it takes away from the enjoyment of the music. Read more
Published 2 months ago by angryfornoreason
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome CD & the video is amazing too.
WOW!!! ALISON KRAUSS...WOW!!! What A Fun & Awesome CD Alison Krauss & Her Band Members Have Created. We Never Get Tired Of Playing This CD Whether At Home Or In The Car. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kim Hendrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I am a big AKUS fan. This DVD does not disappoint. Although recorded live, the sound is that of a studio session. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Carl D. Todd
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