Hundred Miles Or More: A Collection
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 14.4 x 13 x 0.99 cm; 104.04 g
- メーカー : Rounder / Umgd
- EAN : 0011661055520
- 商品モデル番号 : 1973656
- 時間 : 1 時間 8 分
- SPARSコード : DDD
- レーベル : Rounder / Umgd
- ASIN : B000ND91SG
- ディスク枚数 : 1
"A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection" is comprised of 16 tracks, highlighting Alison Krauss's career outside of her traditional releases with longtime band Union Station. The album features Krauss's collaboration with John Waite on the single "Missing You," as well as Krauss's contributions to film soundtracks, including the Oscar-nominated songs "The Scarlet Tide" and "You Will Be My Ain True Love," written for the motion picture "Cold Mountain," and "Down to the River to Pray" from the film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" Known for her collaborations, Krauss also includes several duets in the collection such as the 2003 hit with Brad Paisley, "Whiskey Lullaby," and her duet with James Taylor for the tribute album "Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers," "How's the World Treating You." The collection debuts five new songs: "You're Just a Country Boy," "Jacob's Dream," "Simple Love," "Lay Down Beside Me," and "Away Down the River," all of which feature Krauss as a producer.
A worthy collection, in my view, which though quite varied, hangs together well. With 16 tracks totalling over 67 minutes, it's very good value too.
The standout tracks on this collection are "Jacob's Dream" and "Away Down The River", where brilliant, simple songwriting genius combines with wonderful musicianship to produce songs that linger in the mind for a long time. This is Alison Krauss and her musician colleagues at their best.
Elswhere, material penned by Sting from "Cold Mountain" sounds a little laboured to be honest, let down perhaps by poor lyrics, and the final 2 tracks with John Waite feel to have wandered in from another era altogether and really don't fit the mood here. Waite can't pull off a Don Williams track with any real sense of emotion, so the album is docked one star for the last two - superfluous - tracks.
Collaborations with Brad Paisley and James Taylor work much better, and retain the essential mood of the album - popular, country/bluegrass material that is done to the highest standards. Overall, an album to savour.
I was so impressed that, as soon as the prgramme was over I rushed to my computer and ordered the CD from Amazon. It arrived after 14 days and was well worth the wait. I love every song on it but my favourite is "How's the World Treating You, which she sings as a duet with James Taylor and has some wonderful harmonies. My favourite singers include Ella Fitzgerald, Joan Baez, Norah Jones and Madeleine Peyroux and Alison fits well into this group. What a wonderful find.