Liveby Alison Krauss & Union Station
The first live album from Alison Krauss + Union Station is predictable only its gathering of fine songs and displays of virtuoso musicianship and emotionally charged vocalizing -- that's what we've come to expect from the fiddlin' phenom. But while Krauss's solo star has never shone brighter than in 2002, she frequently yields the spotlight on the double-disc Live, which includes two new songs. Jerry Douglas, introduced by Krauss as "the greatest Dobro player the world has ever known," steps out for some mesmerizing picking on the poignant, heart-tugging "A Tribute to Peadur O'Donnell" and the bristling "Monkey Let the Hogs Out," which Union Station mandolin player Dan Tyminski brings home with an urgent vocal. Tyminski later reprises his signature moment from O Brother, Where Art Thou? with a gritty reading of "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow." Disc 1 ends with Union Station guitarist Ron Block's beautiful ballad "Faraway Land," the title song from his woefully underappreciated 2001 solo album, Faraway Land. Then there's Ms. Krauss herself, whose burnished, calibrated vocals and tasty fiddle work are models of a restraint, revealing the underlying passion by degrees, rather than in one fiery burst. The repertoire here is drawn almost equally from her solo and band albums, and most of the monuments are represented, from breathtaking ballads ("Ghost in This House," "Forget About It," et al.) to hushed, closely harmonized gospel ("Down to the River to Pray") to bluesy, up-tempo numbers that show off Krauss's facility with a swinging a lyric ("Oh, Atlanta"). When all is said and done, Krauss not only reinvigorates the old material, she renders it timeless. This is one powerful live set.
- Release Date:
- Rounder / Umgd
- Let Me Touch You for a While
- Choctaw Hayride
- The Lucky One
- Baby, Now That I've Found You
- Bright Sunny South
- Every Time You Say Goodbye
- Tiny Broken Heart
- Cluck Old Hen
- Ghost in This House
- Forget About It
- Faraway Land
Performance CreditsAlison Krauss & Union Station Primary Artist
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Alison Krauss Fiddle,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Larry Atamanuik Percussion,Drums
Barry Bales Percussion,Bass (Vocal),Drums,Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal),Acoustic Bass,Electric Upright Bass
Ron Block Banjo,Guitar,Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal)
Dan Tyminski Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal)
Technical CreditsAlison Krauss Arranger,Producer
Neal Cappellino Engineer
Gary Paczosa Arranger,Engineer
Carter Stanley Arranger
Frank Edmonson Monitor Engineer
Don Schlitz Composer
Union Station Arranger,Producer
Tracy Martinson Engineer
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This CD is really really good, which isn't a big suprise with Allison Kruass and Union Station. I luv her and the band.
Tell me about it puh-leeze! Whoa, but this band is unreal. Absolutely tight musicianship, great arrangements that showcase everybody's tremendous skill and, hardly least, that woman's voice come straight from the angels. Most bands can't duplicate this kind of work in a studio. These guys did it without a safety net. The best, the best, the best, the best!
This is a sure-fire megahit recording. After all, how can you go wrong with Alison's angelic vocals and the accompanying instrumentation with them. This is a long overdue production that anyone with an ear for bluegrass and/or country will greatly appreciate for a long time. If you buy only one AKUS disc, this should be it!!!!
I absolutely love this album! Throughout the music Alison & Union Station talk to their audience before they start playing, it really makes you feel they're connected to their audience. The music sounds just as good live, maybe even better!
She's fantastic . I don't think anyone can beat hear voice .
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." Ron Block sings his own composition, "Faraway Land." Music arranging has always been a clear strength of this band, and I always especially enjoy hearing how the group capitalizes on Ron Block's versatility as both a guitarist and banjo-player. If only he could play both instruments at once in a live show like this. Four instrumentals are included: Choctaw Hayride, Cluck Old Hen, We Hide and Seek, and Jerry Douglas' solo on A Tribute to Peador O'Donnell/Monkey Let the Hogs Out. The only thing I occasionally miss in AKUS' sound is more mandolin, but Dan Tyminiski does pick that instrument on five tracks. When one audience member shouts "I love you, Alison," another chimes in with "I love you more." After listening to this project, we'll all surely fall into either the former or latter category of fans. Satisfaction Guaranteed! (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)
Like many other listeners, I first experienced Alison Krauss' ethereal voice in "O Brother, Where Art Thou." I promptly purchased the soundtrack, which incidentally still gets frequent playing time in my home. Honestly, I hadn't intended to purchase Alison Krauss' work until until I caught a clip of this very same LIVE performance on television. I was so impressed with her musicianship (live shows are good at separating 'studio' artists from the real ones), her poise, the immense talent of her band that I went out and ordered this CD shortly thereafter. Hands down, it's one of the recordings I've heard EVER. With 99% of the albums I purchase, there are a select number of songs I like, and the rest is sort of filler material. There is NO filler on this album. Alison's simple, expressive, angel-like vocals (but boy can she hollar too, make no bones about that!) are reason enough to buy this album, but there are also very fine performances by her bandmates and one guest artist. All in all, a perfect package. I'm already planning on making a duplicate copy, for fear I will wear out this one too quickly. Take it from one whose musical collection consists of anything BUT bluegrass or country, you will wonder why you haven't bought anything of Alison Krauss' before and thank your lucky stars for finding her now. If you're still reticent, listen to "Maybe" on Disc 2. Have your credit card ready.
As I said above, Superb playing, picking and singing. Am listening right now to a dobro solo. QUALITY !!!! Allison Kraus and Union Station Rock !!!!
wow! alson krauss has a great voice!! i particularly like the song "baby, now that i found you". i could listen to that song for days!! im not a big country fan but she caught my attention with her voice!! GO ALISON AND UNION!!!
Alison Kraus and band make me very happy to listen to. However, I suffer in great agony while the cd is playing.
A must have addition to your country/folk/bluegrass collection. I attended the concert prior to the one where this 2-disk set was recorded. It made me feel like I was there all over again....which is a very special thing! Beautiful voice, exceptional musical talent, go get it !!!
This is a good starting place for listeners who discovered Krauss on Raising Sand. I heard her in concert about 15 years ago and bought this set when it was released. Her musical growth since I saw her live is impressive. She is secure enough to let her band members share the spotlight. That adds to the variety of this release. Jerry Douglas' Dobro really is Union Station's secret weapon. Perhaps in the future we may hear a release of the dates the band played w/ Tony Rice (Rounder, that is a hint).