Alison Krauss and Union Station – Live (2002)
SACD ISO: 3,36/3,86 GB (Stereo + MCH) | FLAC @ 24bit/88.2kHz: 962/1102 MB | Full Artwork
Label/Cat#: Rounder Records # 1161-0515-6 | Country/Year: US 2002 | 3% Rec. Info
Genre: Folk, Country | Style: Bluegrass
I am giving this SACD 5 stars on the performance because of the musicians. These musicians are exceptional. They are crisp, clear, and well balanced. They know, too, how to make an instrument sing with the song. For those people that play instruments, you know what I’m talking about. There are those who are technical wonders and then there are those who may not be technical masters, but know how to make the music come to life through the instrument. These people have that gift and it is a true pleasure to hear it.
The vocals are pretty good. I read one review that mentioned a thin Alison voice, but I don’t have that same feel. I just believe that it is natural for her. She does have one awesome voice that fits very well with the instruments. The other members of the Union Station band that sing are pretty good as well. Still, the instrumentation steals the show for me.
The only reason I am giving it a four star on recording is because there is no music in the center channel. I would have appreciated some music from here to create the stage since this is a live performance. Most people have a reasonable spread between their from speakers (as I do) and the gap is missed when you sit down to listen to the album. Besides the lack of the center channel, I can not find any real flaws in the recording.
Sounds great, great performance as usual by AK+US. The only quibble I have is that they mic Alison’s voice to sound “thin,” but this is the case on most of her recordings, not just this one. They could easily use a mic that would give her voice some more beefiness or heft, but “whatever.” Anticipating repeated listenings of this disc, I could do without some of the chat between songs, but there’s actually very little of that.
When you buy this double album you’re getting sort of a “Greatest Hits” package plus some tunes from “O Brother Where Art Thou” in case you need just one more version of “I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow.” Glad I have it in my collection. And the original recording is DSD, so you’re hearing the master recording. Cool. sa-cd.net
01. Let Me Touch You for a While
02. Choctaw Hayride
03. The Lucky One
04. Baby, Now That I’ve Found You
05. Bright Sunny South
06. Every Time You Say Goodbye
07. Tiny Broken Heart
08. Cluck Old Hen
09. Stay Listen
11. Ghost in This House
12. Forget About It
13. Faraway Land
01. A Tribute to Peador O”donnell/Monkey Let the Hogs Out
02. The Boy Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn
03. Take Me for Longing
04. I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow
06. We Hide and Seek
07. But You Know I Love You
08. When You Say Nothing at All
09. New Favorite
10. Oh, Atlanta
11. Down to the River to Pray Listen
12. There Is a Reason
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