Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand

Double Album 2LP 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl, US Pressing

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Raising Sand is a collaboration album by rock singer Robert Plant and bluegrass-country singer Alison Krauss, released in October 2007 via Rounder Records.

What on paper looks mis-matched can often be utterly right. Raising Sand has to be one of the best ever examples of this. Most people would have bet on Plant’s ex-band mate, John Paul Jones, as being the one to have forged this big league bluegrasss pairing. After all he's worked with Chris Thile and Nickel Creek as well as Uncle Earl, and plays a mean mandolin himself. But no, it's the grizzled, leonine king of rock who gets to get up-close and personal with the Union Station legend.

The first thing you notice about Raising Sand is how the pair's vocals complement each other. Krauss’ honey-sweet chords can be saccharine on her own work at times, but here she's balanced by the mature grain of Plant's almost whispered delivery. On “Killing The Blues” or Gene Clark’s "Polly Come Home" they nudge up against each other, buoyed up by Greg Leisz’s floating pedal steel.

The selection of songs proves to be just as inspired as the pairing. With material by the Everlys ("Gone, Gone Gone"), Townes van Zant ("Nothin’") and even one from Plant’s last collaboration with Jimmy Page ("Please Read The Letter" – improved from its original incarnation) it would be hard to go that wrong, but the best of an embarrassment of riches has to be Krauss’ rendition of Tom Waits "Trampled Rose". Spellbinding doesn’t even come close to describing this.

The album’s other main star has to be T Bone Burnett. His production adds a veneer of authenticity and his choice of musicians is spot on at every turn. Marc Ribot (guitar) along with Dennis Crouch, Mike Seeger, Jay Bellerose, Norman Blake, Greg Leisz, Patrick Warren, and Riley Baugus make this a stunning, dark, brooding collection. It captures a gothic southern vibe effortlessly.

Hearing Krauss emote so bluesily on tracks like "Rich Woman" is a revelation, while her coruscating fiddle on "Nothin'" is rawer than you’d ever expect to hear from such a pillar of the new bluegrasss community. 

Raising Sand is proof that even with such dynamite raw material sometimes things really do add up to far more than the sum of their parts. Superb, in every way.

Check out the tracks: “Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)”; “Please Read The Letter” and Rich Woman”. 

This double LP housed in a gatefold sleeve is pressed in the USA on 180 gram virgin vinyl.

(011661907515)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Rich Woman

4:04

A2

Killing The Blues

4:16

A3

Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us

3:25

A4

Polly Come Home

5:36

B1

Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)

3:33

B2

Through The Morning, Through The Night

4:01

B3

Please Read The Letter

5:53

C1

Trampled Rose

5:34

C2

Fortune Teller

4:30

C3

Stick With Me Baby

2:50

D1

Nothin’

5:33

D2

Let Your Loss Be Your Lesson

4:02

D3

Your Long Journey

3:55

SKU 011661907515
Record Label Rounder Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 11661-9075-1
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 26 October 2007
Original Release Date (Year) 23 October 2007
Barcode # 011661907515
Shipping Weight 0.5600kg
Shipping Width 0.012m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.001183000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Folk
Genre Folk Rock
Genre Blues
Genre Blues Rock
Format VINYL LP

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