Thursday, October 25, 2007

Robert Plant & Allison Krauss

Sounds like the Odd Couple, right? Who knew they'd made a CD? I'm always the last to find out. You can listen to it here. T Bone Burnett is the producer. Not surprising.

17 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:31 PM

    But did you like it? I was aware of it, but can't bring myself to listen. Let me know. You have pretty good taste. Well, except for the doo-bop.

    stilwell

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  2. Yes, I liked it. It's not doo-wop, but it'll do. Give it a try. It's not Led Zep, though. I feel I have to warn you of that.

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  3. Anonymous4:58 PM

    I was not, am not, never have been, never will be, a Led Zep fan. On the other hand, I love Allison Krause. In most senses of the word.

    My kids want to know why my rock and roll collection stops at The Beach Boys. I tell them Rock and Roll got too loud for me. I appreciate some of it more now than I did in my youth. Much the same with doo-bop.

    s

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  4. Someday Bruce Taylor and I will trap you in a boxcar and play 48 hours of the original Drifters, Dion and the Belmonts, and others. It'll change your life.

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  5. Doo-wop had one basic law: you had to be able to sing really well. It's a great sound and I pity anyone who can't appreciate it. Pity the fool, as Mr. T said.

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  6. Definitely not hardcore metal Zep, but there are tracks reminiscent of some of their mellower acoustic stuff. Mostly thought it's a roots music album.

    I listened to it once...so far I like it okay, don't love it. I'll definitely listen again, though.

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  7. It's worth at least a couple of spins. (As we used to say when there were things called "records.")

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  8. Anonymous10:58 PM

    People who go around quoting Mr. T to justify things, should be careful about whom they are calling fool.

    jd, thanks for the second opinion. I may give it a listen. Roots music is the best.

    Gardner and Taylor used to sing it doo-bop to me when we three traveled together. It didn't help matters any.

    s

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  9. Todd Mason11:00 PM

    Well, when you get down to it, everything still spins, Bill. Certainly the electrons.

    Dunno how one can dig the Beach Boys and insist that doo wop ain't worth the time, unless one's trying to get a rise out of someone...and try Lambert, Hendricks and Ross sometime to see what can be done in one direction, Palestrina in another.

    Worst doo wop chorus name I'm aware of: the Four Plaid Throats. Historian Lynn McCutcheon mentioned them to me, noted that they had recorded but little was known about them, and perhaps the name was some sort of coded reference to ethnicity, but it sure was abstruse.

    I take it, Bill, you got the same ad for the Krauss/Plant album today that I did. Well, she could do worse in a musical partner, I suppose, and he surely has done. Sometimes words have no meaning, doncha know.

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  10. Four Plaid Throats is a weird name, all right. I've heard some obscure groups, but never that one.

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  11. most of the songs sound like they were produced by david lynch. or like they were serenading a dead body in the room.

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  12. Todd Mason10:01 AM

    Having just heard the NPR WEEKEND EDITION interview and clips, I'll note that as someone who now thinks of the Fairport Convention version of "Gone, Gone, Gone" (on the BBC aircheck collection HEYDAY) as even more definitive than that of the Everlys, the new arrangement would take a while for me to accept...as JJS notes, maybe a touch funereal.

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  13. I do like that Everly version. And the Fairport Convention one, too.

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  14. I hate to dis two major talents, but I didn't care for the few songs I sampled. Might be a case of styles not meshing.

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  15. Anonymous11:38 AM

    I've listened to Raising Sand a number of times now and believe that it's extraordinary, complex, and deep. It's wonderful music.

    C

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  16. Anonymous9:46 AM

    I am a diehard Zep fan and admire Allison. To me, sounded like a good match up. I bought it, played it and found the tunes hard to put in a category...the more I played it, the more I liked...the more I played it the more I loved it...This is an AWESOME CD. Once you hear the YouTube interview, it helps connect you to the CD. I tag it a must buy

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  17. It's one of Time Magazine's 10 Best Albums of the Year.

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