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  • Audio CD (April 3, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder / UMGD
  • ASIN: B000ND91SG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,664 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You're Just a Country Boy
2. Simple Love
3. Jacob's Dream
4. Away Down the River
5. Sawing on the Strings
6. Down to the River to Pray
7. Baby Mine
8. Molly Bán
9. How's the World Treating You (duet with James Taylor)
10. The Scarlet Tide
11. Whiskey Lullaby (duet with Brad Paisley)
12. You Will Be My Ain True Love
13. I Give You to His Heart
14. Get Me Through December
15. Missing You (duet with John Waite)
16. Lay Down Beside Me (previously unreleased duet with John Waite)

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A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection features songs never before released on an Alison Krauss album with appearances by Sting, Brad Paisley, James Taylor, and includes the John Waite duet Missing You.

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A Hundred Miles or More carries the subtitle A Collection, and what a curious collection it is--cuts from soundtracks, side projects, and tribute albums, plus guest duets on other artists' albums and five previously unreleased tracks. In other words, this is a collection of Alison Krauss performances that have never appeared on an Alison Krauss album, though it holds together better than such a grab-bag approach might suggest. Highlights such as her duet with Brad Paisley on "Whiskey Lullaby" and her a cappella rendition of "Down to the River to Pray" from O Brother, Where Art Thou? will be familiar to most Krauss fans, though it's doubtful that many share her infatuation with retro rocker John Waite (with whom she revives his "Missing You" and duets on a cover of Don Williams's "Lay Down Beside Me."). Other projects represented range from Disney to the Chieftains to the Louvin Brothers (she duets with James Taylor on their "How's the World Treating You." There's minimal contribution from her Union Station band--making this a solo release by default--and little information to indicate whether the previously unreleased tracks were outtakes from earlier releases or recently recorded for this one. --Don McLeese

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Alison Krauss has an angelic voice.
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She has a beautiful voice, so clear, angelic and on some songs quite haunting.
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This CD is one you'll want to listen to over and over again.
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158 of 169 people found the following review helpful By Alan Dorfman VINE VOICE on April 3, 2007
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As far as I'm concerned Alison Krauss sings like an angel, fiddles like the devil and can do no wrong. If you don't agree you might as well stop reading now.

This is a collection of gems that Alison has provided to others as duet partners, for tribute albums and for movies plus 5 new or unreleased tracks. It includes Best Song Oscar Nominees "The Scarlet Tide" and "You Will Be My Ain True Love" both from Cold Mountain, the Grammy nominated duet with James Taylor "How's The World Treating You" from a Louvin Brothers tribute CD and the multiple 2004 CMA Award Winner (Best Song, Best Vocal Event and Best Video), her duet with Brad Paisely on the perfect "Whiskey Lullabye." Speaking of lullabies, there's also "Baby Mine" from a collection of Disney songs.

If that's not enough to satisfy you, there's more movie music her - the immensely touching "I Give You To His Heart" from The Prince Of Egypt and the sheer brilliance of the a capella "Down To The River To Pray" from O Brother! Where Art Thou. Other collaborators include the Chieftains and John Waite with whom she remakes his hit "Missing You" and reveals a more forceful, earthy power to her usually ethereal voice and they also duet on Don Williams' "Lay Down Beside Me" which is one of the previously unreleased songs on the CD.

But it is the other 4 we've not heard before that start off the CD and are the true treasures here. "You're Just A Country Boy" warns a guy about the dangers of going after a higher class woman, "Simple Love" describes exactly that and the singer's desire for one, "Jacob's Dream" is the stunning narrative of two little boys who go missing and the heartbreaking "Away Down The River" in which a dying woman comforts the one she leaves behind.
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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful By William Merrill TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 3, 2007
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Alison Krauss' sweet singing style is something I love to listen to, really even more than her bluegrass work. As such, this is mostly a welcome collection, especially as it gathers together songs from a variety of sources such as soundtracks and tribute albums. I had heard many of them before, but a few were new to me, such as "The Scarlet Tide" from the Cold Mountain soundtrack (a real gem). There are many duets, some of which - with James Taylor on "How's The World Treating You" - work better than others (Brad Paisley). Then there are the five new songs... The CD starts right out with four of them, and they are pretty, but also fairly uniform in terms of being slow, weepy tunes. I guess that's handy for hardcore fans who already have the other songs on the CD, but I think the producers made an error in starting the disc out that way. It kind of gets the proceedings off to a sluggish start. I'm thinking that Alison would not do four brand new songs in a row in a concert setting - she wouldn't want to destroy the momentum. So why do it on a collection of some of her best other work? So the new songs should have been spread throughout the album. Still, the volume and diversity of the material on Hundred Miles makes it a CD that more than justifies its existence. (My final musing (rant?) ... The overwhelming dominance of 5-star customer reviews for EVERYTHING new that comes out on this site makes me wonder what it would take for some of those reviewers to EVER rate something less than five stars... It must be nice to live in a world where everything is perfect!)
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89 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Dave Goldberg on April 9, 2007
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I get the sense that this album is a filler: something to put out there until Alison and Union Station come out with their next, hopefully soon.

It's still good _ more a pop album than country or bluegrass (other than "Sawing On the Strings'' and its all-star cast that includes Tony Rice, Sam Bush and Stuart Duncan as well as Union Station.) Nothing wrong with that _ Alison would be a pop diva (I actually hate that term) if she wanted to be. But it's still doesn't have the sequenced feel of most of her albums. More like One from Column A, another from column B, a third from Column C.

Again, a lot of it is really good. "Jacob's Dream'' is a striking folk tale _ I thought of a different version of the much-recorded "Long Black Veil.'' I'm sure I've heard "Country Boy,'' _ it sounds like something from a Broadway musical. What surprised me is that one of the writers is Fred Hellerman, who has to be the same Fred Hellerman who teamed with Pete Seeger and others with the Weavers, a huge folk act in the early '50s until they were blacklisted.

In any case, a nice collection while we wait for more.
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83 of 92 people found the following review helpful By ifromtennessee on April 8, 2007
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This CD, which does not pretend to be bluegrass music, suffers from the absence of the Union Station musicians and the lack of upbeat songs. The best song, "Jacob's Dream," is about the death of two pioneer children. Alison Krauss has beautiful vocals, but I was not entertained by the material. The last CD by Alison Krauss and Union Station, "Lonely Runs Both Ways." is terrific.
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63 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Crawford D. Ferguson on April 7, 2007
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This Girl sings like no one else, but this CD could use a little jacking up. If it's mood music you want this may do it but don't look for any peppy stuff in this CD. Had I heard what was on it I would have passed it up.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 9, 2007
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This is Alison Krauss's second collection. The first was the hugely successful NOW THAT I'VE FOUND YOU released in 1995. This latest collection, A HUNDRED MILES OR MORE, essentially follows the same formula: Include tracks which Krauss performed on other artists albums, tracks recorded for soundtracks and tribute albums, and throw in a few previously unreleased tracks. The biggest difference is that this new collection seldom features Union Station, and as such there is little here that would be mistaken for bluegrass. Here's how the album breaks down:

Tracks 1-4: These are all previoulsy unreleased and feature the mainstream county/adult contemporary side of Krauss. The songs are highlighted by her angelic voice. No recording dates are given, but Krauss is listed as the producer.

"Sawing on the Strings" is the only overtly bluegrass song on this collection. Krauss and Stuart Duncan play fiddle with Sam Bush on Mandolin and Tony Rice on guitar. The song was first performed on CMT's 2004 "Flame Worthy Video Music Awards" show.

"Down to the River to Pray" is the a capella standout from the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" Soundtrack.

"Baby Mine" was recorded for THE BEST OF COUNTRY SING THE BEST OF DISNEY. This lullaby was used in the movie "Dumbo."

"Molly Ban (Bawn)" is from the Chieftain's album DOWN THE OLD PLANK ROAD. Also joining the Chieftain's is Bela Fleck on banjo on this lovely ballad.

"How's the World Treating You" was originally included on LIVIN', LOVIN', LOSIN,: SONGS OF THE LOUVIN BROTHERS. It features a wonderful vocal duet with James Taylor.

"The Scarlet Tide" is a haunting ballad from the soundtrack for "Cold Mountain.
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