Alison Krauss and Union Station Live- DVD Edition Alison Krauss and Union Station 11661-0515-9 Rounder Records Corp. One Camp Street Cambridge, MA 02140 http://www.rounder.com A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange by Allen Price (firstname.lastname@example.org )
The DVD edition of "Alison Krauss and Union Station Live" offers all the great music that one finds on the double CD version. It is the same music, in the same order. But it also offers something more.
The audio is available in both Dolby 5.1 and DTS sound. On a properly equipped home theater system, one experiences the concert seemingly firsthand. Jerry Douglas' resophonic guitar rings even more, and the harmonies engulf the room. It is easier to hear the quirky collegial humor of the band between songs.
The video segment gives close shots of all band members at proper times. Ron Block's fingerstyle guitar and distinctive banjo style can become a close study to those who wonder how he does what he does. A close look at Douglas gives one an even greater appreciation of his virtuosity. Longtime fans of Douglas will admire the way he has adapted his distinctive style to the sound of the band. Dan Tyminski's personable warmth permeates the entire band. I mean, does this guy ever NOT show that Cheshire Cat grin?
But the real gold in this DVD set is found on disc two, where individual and group interviews reveal the true persons behind this superb collection of musical artists. Douglas reminisce about hearing Flatt and Scruggs almost exclusively while growing up, until introduced to the Rolling Stones by a cousin. The group interview only affirms that a key to the success of this band is not solely in their musical skill. It is in how much they genuinely like each other and like being together both on and off stage.
Also found on is disc 2 is a touching tribute to Frank Edmonson, who had run their sound and passed away shortly before the release.
I would not think it possible. I've been a great fan and admirer of AKUS for many years, seen them in concert and own several of their recordings. The personal glimpses of this band offered in the DVD edition make me admire their work, and them, even more.
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