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  • Audio CD (18 Aug. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00006LLLN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,252 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Let Me Touch You For Awhile (Live At Louisville Palace, USA/2002) 3:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Choctaw Hayride (Live At Louisville Palace, USA/2002) 3:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. The Lucky One (Live At Louisville Palace, USA/2002) 3:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Baby Now That I've Found You (Live At Louisville Palace, USA/2002) 5:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Bright Sunny South (Live At Louisville Palace, USA/2002) 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Every Time You Say Goodbye (Live At Louisville Palace, USA/2002) 3:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Tiny Broken Heart (Live At Louisville Palace, USA/2002) 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Cluck Old Hen (Live At Louisville Palace, USA/2002) 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Stay (Live At Louisville Palace, USA/2002) 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Broadway (Live At Louisville Palace, USA/2002) 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Ghost In This House (Live At Louisville Palace, USA/2002) 4:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Forget About It (Live At Louisville Palace, USA/2002) 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Faraway Land (Live At Louisville Palace, USA/2002) 3:19£0.99  Buy MP3 


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  1. A Tribute To Peador O'Donnell/Monkey Let The Hogs Out 4:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. The Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn (Live At Louisville Palace, USA/2002) 5:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Take Me For Longing (Live At Louisville Palace, USA/2002) 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow (Live At Louisville Palace, USA/2002) 4:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Maybe (Live At Louisville Palace, USA/2002) 4:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. We Hide & Seek (Live At Louisville Palace, USA/2002) 5:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. But You Know I Love You (Live At Louisville Palace, USA/2002) 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. When You Say Nothing At All (Live At Louisville Palace, USA/2002) 4:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. New Favorite (Live At Louisville Palace, USA/2002) 4:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Oh Atlanta (Live At Louisville Palace, USA/2002) 6:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Down To The River To Pray (Live At Louisville Palace, USA/2002) 2:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. There Is A Reason (Live At Louisville Palace, USA/2002) 5:11£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Description

Alison Krauss & Union Station release their first live album, recorded at the Palace Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky, at the end of their 2002 Spring tour. The 2-disc set includes classic AKUS songs such as "When You Say Nothing At All", "Baby, Now That I've Found You", "Everytime You Say Goodbye" and "Forget About It", along with new favourites such as "The Lucky One", "Let Me Touch You For Awhile" and "I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow".

BBC Review

The recent resurgence in popularity of bluegrass music has been due to many things: not least Dolly Parton's return to Kentucky roots on her last three albums (especially The Grass Is Blue) or Nickel Creek's precocious and playful dexterity. More important however was last year's overwhelming victory at the CMA awards of the soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? Central to the album were the vocal performances by Alison Krauss and, naturally, the song "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow" by the Soggy Bottom Boys (in fact Dan Tyminski with Krauss' band Union Station). Hot on the heels of their major breakthrough album New Favorite, Krauss and co. now return with their first live album recorded over two nights in Louisville. It confirms that they now surpass bluegrass' mandatory virtuosity and have become not just American favourites, but world-beaters.

Everyone who bought, or even heard, New Favorite will undoubtedly buy this album, and indeed it contains a large amount of that albums sublime songcraft. "Lucky One", "Let Me Touch You For Awhile", "Take Me For Longing" and many others are delivered with the level of almost carbon-copy perfection we now take for granted from musicians at the top of their game. What stops this being a mere retread of studio highlights is that indefinable quality one can only refer to as feeling.

While always true to their roots they offer far more than just another version of Bill Monroe's "Uncle Pen". Where someone like Ricky Skaggs would use country's old weapons of choice -sentimentality and religion - to sweeten the often labyrinthine complexities of Appalachian music, Union Station know how to utilise folk and jazz timing ("We Hide And Seek"), pop sensibility ("When You Say Nothing At All") and adult subject matter ("Let Me Touch You...").

Krauss' delivery of the Foundation's "Baby Now That I've Found You" takes the song into a realm so far removed from the original that by mid-way you've forgotten there ever was another version. The same goes for "Maybe" - possibly the stand-out track in an album of superlatives.

Certainly Union Station as a band go way beyond the average on instrumental numbers such as "Choctaw Hayride" and "Cluck Old Hen", yet this album works on so many levels. It's the blend of the band (combined with their own crystal clear production) that allows you to bathe in the warm harmonics or focus on individual performances. Krauss is not just a wonderfully emotive singer but a stunning fiddler; and Jerry Douglas' glistening Dobro runs (spotlighted on "Tribute to Peador O'Donnell/ Monkey Let The Hogs Out") go beyond words - as usual.

It's tempting to say that this is Union Station's best yet. After a week's repeated (ok, constant) listening it still keeps on revealing fresh delights. Maybe it's just that as a double CD, it never succumbs to the law of diminishing returns: more is definitely NOT less. It just makes you long for their next album. Don't leave it too long, guys. --Chris Jones

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A2MWY on 19 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I had heard alison krauss + union station on the radio many times and had enjoyed their music but not seriously thought of buying an album.
However I decided that after reading some reviews on Amazon that I would buy but didn't think that a "live" album would be very good.I bought this purely because of the number of tracks.Believe me this is a stunning CD.The quality of Alison Krauss's voice is amazing. The music for a "live recording" is just out of this world.I wish I had been there.BUY IT !!!!
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Bailey on 6 Nov. 2002
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Let me start by saying that I’m not generally a great fan of live albums. All too often they come across as little more than a cynical cash-in, in which all the best bits are spoilt by bad production, audience hysteria or (in the case of the traditional live rock album) 10 minute unaccompanied solos by the drummer, the bass-player, and even sometimes (heaven help us!) the singer.
Of course there are a few miraculous standout live sets. Some artistes were made for live music; a theatre audience draws out of them some deep primal magic that the studio cannot capture. Most of the jazz greats were like this: John Coltrane, Miles Davies and so on. Elvis had it; so did Joni Mitchell and Bruce Springsteen. Their best live albums made your heart ache that you weren’t there yourself, even as you were uplifted by the feeling that in a strange sense you were there yourself.

Now we have AKUS Live. And while the great FM-listening masses may not put them in the same class as the King or the Boss, this latest album has some of that same rare charisma. It’s very reasonably priced; the sound is outstanding; the performances are dazzling, and the audience presence is just enough to communicate a sense of excitement without swamping anything. Above all, you get about 100 minutes of Alison and the extended Soggy Bottom family at their incisive best.
They know how to play a song live, these guys - enough like the studio performance that you don’t ever get the urge to go, “Hey! That’s not right” (a common enough fault with live work, you don’t need me to tell you), yet with enough elbow-room for that extra free spark of creative genius to shine out. This is rivetting, gorgeous, exciting live artistry that makes you want to be there.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By PHELIM WARREN on 6 July 2004
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This is an absolutely outstanding performance from Krauss and the other band members. I have no background in Bluegrass music but one can't fail to be bowled over by the material, the musicianship and the sheer magic that is on show here. I cannot recommend this highly enough. Brilliant.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr A.J.W. Robinson on 25 Dec. 2003
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Never been a fan of anything approaching country but Stumbled over this outfit on television one night - infact it was this concert I think. Just captivated me, the musicianship and Voices blend perfectly. Just buy it, put it on (not too loud) and marvel!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kezzworld on 14 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Now then, I must be going soft. After a lifetime (so far) of prog/rock/jazz and heavy classical consumption, the only time I would go near country was on a trip to the seaside.

For sure I've dabbled at the edge of the countryside, sometimes toying with getting an Emmylou Harris album - but never getting round to it (I have loved her Evangeline track on the Band's Last Waltz album for what seems like a hundred years or more) - not really knowing where to start. Back tracking is always tricky. Then I saw the film Walk the Line and marvelled at the vocal talents of Reese Witherspoon (yes, Reese Witherspoon) singing the country style of June Carter-Cash. I loved the way that spoon girl sang - she stirred me for sure! I also love the sound of a decent banjo - oft plucked beautiful on a few Sufjan Stevens tracks I know.

Then a month or so back I saw Leanne Rimes performing on TV from a few years ago - she looked and sounded like an angel and she was singing country. I was entranced but worried about getting old or becoming a trucker or something. Then a couple of weeks ago I saw and heard Ms Krauss performing and talking with Robert Plant about their new venture. Being a bit of a fan of the Plant down the years, I was intrigued by what he had to say about AK and how he had been taken in by her amazing voice. So I clicked a few buttons on Amazon.com, found this live double album with probably the dullest title and cover I've ever clapped eyes on and bought it on spec - for next to nothing.

Now hear me Lord. I can't stop playing it. It's been donkey's years since I've been knocked out by an album in this way. Tomorrow I shall trail on down to the courthouse an' pled ma guilt fer crymes against my ears.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Bradnam on 16 Nov. 2002
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Encapsulates what makes AK & US such a tour de force in the Blue grass arena. Excellent songs, performed to perfection. If you liked "New Favourite" and the film " O Brother Where Art Thou?", then this is for you. Very highly recommended.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By TheHighlander on 11 Nov. 2002
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Listening to this CD is just like closing your eyes at one of Alison's concerts. Her voice penetrates your soul. The background vocals are typically outstanding as Union Station shows why they are considered on of the best bands in bluegrass. The Union Station sound is hard to describe, it is eclectic. They are country, bluegrass, traditional or newgrass depending on the song they are playing but they are always good.
This is an outstanding recording that shines on most fronts and shows first hand why Alison Krauss has the reputation she does and why she gets the radio play she does. The song selection mixes between old and new and she never forgets to let her band take some spotlight and do some of their solo material. This CD will show you why this band rivals Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder as the biggest "crossover" group from bluegrass to country music.
If I have one reason in not giving this CD 5 starts it would be the fact that their seems to be some "drive" missing. As a bluegrass fan I enjoy a driving banjo and a strong mandolin rhythmn that seems to be missing on this recording. Their are flashes of it in songs like Cluck Old Hen but it comes and goes too much for my personal taste. The slower songs don't have that type of bite to them but her voice saves the day as she sings like an angel.
Don't let the "drive" criticism scare you away though, this is a great recording and even though it is a bit country it retrains one foot in bluegrass. Buy it and enjoy!
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