So Long So Wrong
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So Long So Wrong

January 1, 1997

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  • Original Release Date: November 30, 1996
  • Label: Rounder
  • Total Length: 48:05
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  • ASIN: B000UDTKJ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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101 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alison stays true to Her Artistic Vision June 24, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Ever since Elvis began his famed recording career with a Rockabilly cover of Bluegrass Bossman Bill Monroe's signature "Blue Moon of Kentucky" Bluegrass has been regarded by *some* as the poor barefoot hayseed step-child of Country Music. Acoustic Guitars and Banjos and Fiddles were overwhelmed and swallowed up by Electric Guitars and Peddle Steel Guitars. A successful Bluegrass album sold maybe 30,000. The "dirty little secret" in Nashville was that the Bluegrass musicians were the ones who could really PLAY, so talented bluegrassers who wanted to make a decent living became Nashville studio musicians. Bluegrass fans, who are often as fanatical about the music as a religious zealot is about their religion, considered such musicians to have "sold out", and so it was that artists like Ricky Skaggs, Bill Keith, Marty Stuart and Vince Gill were considered. Once big fish in the small Bluegrass pond, they were thought by Bluegrass Purists to have compromised their artistic integrity to become Country successes. (Was it ironic that Ricky Skagg's first Country Hit was a "countrified" version of Lester Flatt's "Don't Get Above Your Raisin'?")
The purpose of this review isn't to give even a thumbnail history lesson of the evolution of Bluegrass and a comparison to more popular and "mainstream" forms of music, but it is important in having a complete appreciation of this album to recognize the historical rarity of a "popular" or "breakout" Bluegrass artist or band or recording.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Balancing Act September 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes an abundance of talent can be a curse - take Alison Kraus, for example. On one hand, she has bluegrass afficianados (like me) begging her not to give in to the lure of almost certain pop/country superstardom, while the rest of the world is screaming, "Get rid of those hayseeds!"
I've already tipped my hand, so I will tell you that the bluegrass component of this album is about the best that can be heard in the genre's more contemporary incarnation. And while Alison is clearly the star, the boys in the band more than hold their own, both vocally and instumentally. Dan Tyminski is a terrific singer and guitarist - his voice blends superbly with Alison's on "Blue Trail of Sorrow" and particularly "The Road is a Lover," which also features some great train-like bowing from Alison. Banjoist Ron Block takes Scrugg-style picking to a higher level - his driving solo on the title track blows me away every time I hear it. And Adam Steffey's mandolin playing ranks among the best.
What more can be said about Alison's voice? It's clear, emotive, and haunting. My only complaint about Alison these days is that she is growing less and less inclined to cut loose on the fiddle. I've read her statements of getting away from "flashy playing for its own sake," but she's far too talented on that instrument to let it collect too much dust.
For those whom skip over the non-Alison tracks, or complain that the guys sing to much - Alison is following in the best tradition of the original bluegrass bossman himself, Mr.Bill Monroe, who handed over the reigns repeatedly to such (later) stars as Lester Flatt, Jimmy Martin, and Peter Rowan. Alison Kraus and Union Station is a BAND - and a damned fine one at that. I just hope that she doesn't follow the path of the late Keith Whitley, Marty Stuart, Dolly Parton, and Ricky Skaggs (although we got him back), forsaking bluegrass completely.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If This CD Cost $1,000, I'd Still Buy It November 4, 2002
Format:Audio CD
As I've gotten older, my musical tastes have broadened considerably. I would never even have given this CD a listen when it came out five years ago. Country? No thanks. Bluegrass? You're kidding right? My loss. This is a stunning collection of songs. The 'Revolver' of the bluegrass/country genres. Another 'Classic Rock' album get booted out my top 5 of all time and it will not be missed. In fact, this is a very strong contender for the number one slot. I still have no interest in country music. And traditional bluegrass doesn't excite me much either. But Alison Krauss and Union Station have taken the best elements of foot stomping rock and roll, pop, country and bluegrass and created something new and refreshingly unique. This is an incredible CD.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A+: Excellent Songs, Singing, Musicianship May 1, 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you like New Grass or folk, spirited American acoustic, banjo and fiddle, you'll like Alison Krauss. If you don't have anything by her yet, So Long So Wrong is the album to get. I've listened extensively to her albums, and I rate this one the best so far. Excellent selection of melodic numbers. She's never sung better. Her musicians are in very top form.
An outstanding set.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Complete CD August 12, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
There are few pieces of music that really move me, reflect my mood. So Long, So Wrong has done just that. It has a musical flavor for everyone, to the mellow and beautiful "There is a Reason," to the mesmerisingly haunting "It Doesn't Matter," to the blazing fun of "Little Liza Jane" and "The Road Is A Lover." And do you know what the best part is? The band. Union Station has made an indelible mark on this album, and their perfection only accentuates this already great album. I was admittedly not a bluegrass fan before this album, but it was Alison Krauss and Union Station that made me one. While I have been a fan of Alison's for a while now, I can now say I am also a huge fan of the band as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More AKUS vinyl please!
Beautiful texture to this 2LP package. Nice acoustic sound without that yucky digital coldness. Well worth the $$$. Now let's get the other AKUS records done too.
Published 1 month ago by Geee!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Bluegrass Music
I have all Alison Krauss's (& The Union Station's) Albums, one of the best bluegrass bands around today. If you haven't heard them I highly recommend you try them.
Published 2 months ago by Dennis Thompson
3.0 out of 5 stars 50:50
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Published 3 months ago by John Milton
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Blue Grass & Ballads
My wife just bought this CD for me from a thrift store for $2.00 & I love it. I own 2 SACDs of Allison Krauss & always wanted more but was too busy keeping up with other musical... Read more
Published 6 months ago by PhiloX
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Music
This is a great combo of Alison Krause solo and the band alone. Music is wonderful! Just bought Lonely Runs Both Ways. I am hooked!
Published 7 months ago by Beverly J. Barr
3.0 out of 5 stars dissapointing
Alision Krauss is a fantastic fiddler, but I guess fiddling doesn't sell music, so we just get her vocals which are certainly excellent but not all that much above what other... Read more
Published 10 months ago by putin
4.0 out of 5 stars Alison always top-notch!
The mixture of songs featuring members of the band along with those which feature Alison make for a menu which should give everyone something to appreciate. Read more
Published 10 months ago by ltempleb
5.0 out of 5 stars Alison's lovely voice
She can't do anything wrong as far as I am concerned! Wonderful songs and her group is great. One of my faves.
Published 12 months ago by Pat Tyler
4.0 out of 5 stars music
Allison Krauss is truly talented. Such a beautiful voice. This disc has the best songs of all her discs. Easy listening.
Published 14 months ago by mimisusu
5.0 out of 5 stars Allison Krauss - One of Her Best
Allison Krauss and Union Station are at the top of their game with this set of songs. Allison is terrific, as usual, and the band has matured to the point where they perfectly... Read more
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