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Alison Krauss and Union Station - Alison Krauss and Union Station Live - DVD Edition

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

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Allen Price
(al@squirrelheads.com)

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 (al@squirrelheads.com )

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.

Contents

Disc One
  • Let Me Touch You for Awhile (Robert Lee Castleman)
  • Choctaw Hayride (Jerry Douglas)
  • The Lucky One (Robert Lee Castleman)
  • Baby Now That I've Found You (John MacLeod and Tony Macauley)
  • Bright Sunny South (Traditional)
  • Every Time You Say Goodbye (John Pennell)
  • Tiny Broken Heart (Eddie Hill, Charlie Louvin & Ira Louvin)
  • Cluck Old Hen (Traditional)
  • Stay (Allyson Taylor and Larry Byron)
  • Broadway (Sidney Cox and Suzanne Cox)
  • Ghost in This House (Hugh Prestwood)
  • Forget About It (Robert Lee Castleman)
  • Faraway Land (Ron Block)
  • A Tribute to Peador O'Donnell / Monkey Let the Hogs Out (Donal Lurry/Jerry Douglas)
  • The Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn (Traditional/arranged by AKUS)
  • Take Me for Longing (Mark Simos)
  • I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow (Traditional)
  • Maybe (Gordon Kennedy, Phil Madeira)
  • We Hide & Seek (Jerry Douglas)
  • But You Know I Love You (Mike Settle)
  • When You Say Nothing At All (Don Schlitz, Paul Overstreet)
  • New Favorite (Gillian Welch, David Rawlings)
  • Oh, Atlanta (Mick Ralphs)
Disc Two
  • Exclusive interviews with Alison Krauss + Union Station
  • Exclusive behind-the-scenes and on-the-road footage
  • Over 150 rare and unreleased photos and home videos
  • Alison Krauss + Union Station discography
  • Video for "New Favorite"
  • Tribute to Frank Edmonson

Edited by David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2003, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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