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Raising Sand
Raising Sand
is a Grammy-award
Grammy-award
winning collaboration album by rock singer Robert Plant
Robert Plant
and bluegrass-country singer Alison Krauss. It was released on October 23, 2007 by Rounder Records. Raising Sand
Raising Sand
won Album
Album
of the Year at the 2008 Americana Music Honors & Awards and at the 2009 Grammy Awards.

Contents

1 Background 2 Critical reception 3 Chart performance 4 Follow-up album 5 Track listing 6 Personnel 7 Charts 8 References 9 External links

Background[edit] The two songs written by Gene Clark—"Polly (Come Home)" and "Through the Morning, Through the Night"—were originally recorded by Dillard & Clark for their 1969 album, Through the Morning, Through the Night. "Rich Woman" was first recorded by McKinley Millet (as L'il Millet) and his Creoles in 1955, for Specialty Records. "Please Read the Letter" was first recorded for the Page and Plant
Page and Plant
album, Walking into Clarksdale, in 1998. "Gone, Gone, Gone" was originally written and recorded by the Everly Brothers
Everly Brothers
for Warner Music in 1964. They also recorded "Stick With me Baby" in 1960, for A Date with The Everly Brothers. "Trampled Rose" was originally written and recorded by Tom Waits, and was featured on Real Gone in 2004. Apart from the influence of Plant and Krauss' vocal styles and talent, the album's producer, T Bone Burnett, is credited with giving the album its skeletal musical style. Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings

Review scores

Source Rating

Allmusic [1]

Blender [2]

Now [3]

The Observer [4]

Paste Magazine [5]

Rolling Stone [6]

Uncut [7]

The album was met with critical acclaim, earning an averaged score of 87 from compiled reviews on Metacritic.[8] This album was #24 on Rolling Stone's list of the Top 50 Albums of 2007.[9] "The Top 50 Albums of 2007". Raising Sand
Raising Sand
received positive reviews from contemporary music critics. Being There
Being There
called it "one of the year’s very best",[10] and Allmusic called it "one of the most effortless-sounding pairings in modern popular music", but stated that some of the songs "(felt) like (they were) tossed off".[1] JamBase called the album "subtle, focused and full of life" and said that it was "highly recommended".[11] Village Voice
Village Voice
commented on the album, saying it was "powerfully evocative" and "utterly foreign, oddly familiar, and deeply gratifying". .[12] The compilation of songs on Raising Sand
Raising Sand
were hand-picked by the producer, T Bone Burnett. Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
described the cover songs that make up the album as "eclectic",[13] and Village Voice
Village Voice
said that " T Bone Burnett
T Bone Burnett
flaunts his typical curatorial genius with a whole set of 'have we met before?' tunes".[12] The instrumental quality of the album was also praised; BBC
BBC
described Krauss's fiddle as "coruscating" and "raw",[14] and Music Box
Music Box
said that Krauss "exceeds all expectations".[15] The guest instrumentalists were also praised, with BBC
BBC
saying that the guests "make this a stunning, dark, brooding collection, comparable in tone to Daniel Lanois' masterful job on Dylan's Time Out Of Mind."[14] Critics praised Krauss and Plant's vocal harmonization, with one critic saying that the "key to the magic is the delicious harmony vocals of the unlikely duo."[16] Various music critics described Alison Krauss's vocals as being "spellbinding", "honey-sweet", "weepy", "saccharine", and "haunting".[14][16][17] On the other hand, Robert Plant's sometimes "wailing" vocals were described as "orgasmic", and "slithering", in regard to his lead roles.[12][17] "Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)" was released as a single and won the Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals at the 50th Grammy Awards
50th Grammy Awards
and was nominated for the Americana Award for "Song of the Year". The song "Killing the Blues" was #51 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.[18] On February 8, 2009, the album won all five awards for which it was nominated at the 51st Grammy Awards: Album
Album
of the Year; Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album; Record of the Year (for "Please Read the Letter"); Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals (for "Rich Woman"); and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals (for "Killing the Blues").[19][20] Raising Sand
Raising Sand
was the second of three country albums to win Album
Album
of the Year, after Dixie Chicks's Taking the Long Way
Taking the Long Way
and followed by Taylor Swift's Fearless. The album was nominated for the 2008 Mercury Prize
Mercury Prize
in the UK. In December 2009, Rhapsody ranked the album #2 on its "Country’s Best Albums of the Decade" list.[21] The online music service also called it one of their favorite cover albums of all time.[22] Chart performance[edit] The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, selling about 112,000 copies in its first week, the highest chart position for either artists' solo work, although Plant had previously reached #1 several times with Led Zeppelin.[23] Raising Sand
Raising Sand
was certified platinum by the RIAA on March 4, 2008.[24][25] After the album's success at the 2009 Grammy Awards, the album topped the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart and Top Internet Albums chart for the first time on the week of February 28, 2009. The album also hit the top of Canadian Top Country Albums, and also peaked at #2 in Billboard Top Country Albums, being stuck behind part of 35 weeks non-consecutive chart topping Fearless by country singer Taylor Swift. Selling 77,000 copies on a 715% increase, Raising Sand
Raising Sand
jumped 69-2 on the Billboard 200.[26] The album entered the Top 5 on the UK Albums Chart, going on to reach #2 in January 2008.[citation needed] Follow-up album[edit] According to Ken Irwin of Rounder Records, and producer Burnett, the duo started work on a second album in 2009.[27] In a 2010 interview, Plant indicated that the follow-up sessions were unsuccessful.[28] Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length

1. "Rich Woman" Dorothy LaBostrie, McKinley Millet 4:04

2. "Killing the Blues" Roly Jon Salley 4:16

3. "Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us" Sam Phillips 3:26

4. "Polly Come Home" Gene Clark 5:36

5. "Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)" The Everly Brothers 3:33

6. "Through the Morning, Through the Night" Gene Clark 4:01

7. "Please Read the Letter" Charlie Jones, Michael Lee, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant 5:53

8. "Trampled Rose" Kathleen Brennan, Tom Waits 5:34

9. "Fortune Teller" Allen Toussaint 4:30

10. "Stick With Me Baby" Mel Tillis 2:50

11. "Nothin'" Townes Van Zandt 5:33

12. "Let Your Loss Be Your Lesson" Milton Campbell 4:02

13. "Your Long Journey" Doc Watson, Rosa Lee Watson 3:55

Personnel[edit]

"Please Read The Letter"

Robert Plant
Robert Plant
and Alison Krauss' "Please Read The Letter" from Raising Sand

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Robert Plant – vocals Alison Krauss – vocals, fiddle

Additional musicians

Riley Baugus – banjo Jay Bellerose – drums Norman Blake – acoustic guitar T Bone Burnett – acoustic and electric guitars, six-string bass guitar Dennis Crouch – upright bass Greg Leisz – pedal steel guitar Marc Ribot – acoustic guitar, banjo, dobro, electric guitar Mike Seeger – autoharp Patrick Warren – keyboards, pump organ, toy piano

Production

T Bone Burnett – production Gavin Lurssen – mastering engineering Stacy Parrish – audio engineering Mike Piersante – audio engineering, mixing

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007–08) Peak position

Australian Albums (ARIA)[29] 45

Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[30] 31

Belgian Albums ( Ultratop Wallonia)[31] 2

Belgian Albums ( Ultratop Flanders)[32] 12

Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[33] 22

Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[34] 26

French Albums (SNEP)[35] 49

Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[36] 23

New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[37] 3

Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[38] 1

Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[39] 74

Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[40] 2

UK Albums (OCC)[41] 2

US Billboard 200[42] 2

Certifications

Country Provider Certification

United States RIAA Platinum[24]

United Kingdom BPI Platinum[43]

Sweden IFPI Platinum[44]

References[edit]

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Raising Sand
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Alison Krauss: Raising Sand". JamBase. November 12, 2007. Retrieved March 8, 2008. ^ a b c Cavalieri, Nate. " Robert Plant
Robert Plant
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Raising Sand
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External links[edit]

Official media site

Awards and achievements

Preceded by River: The Joni Letters Grammy Award for Album
Album
of the Year 2009 Succeeded by Fearless

v t e

Robert Plant

Strange Sensation:

Justin Adams John Baggott Clive Deamer Billy Fuller Charlie Jones Michael Lee Porl Thompson Liam "Skin" Tyson

Studio albums and EPs

Pictures at Eleven The Principle of Moments The Honeydrippers: Volume One (with The Honeydrippers) Shaken 'n' Stirred Now and Zen Manic Nirvana Fate of Nations Walking into Clarksdale
Walking into Clarksdale
(with Jimmy Page) Dreamland Mighty ReArranger
Mighty ReArranger
(with Strange Sensation) Raising Sand
Raising Sand
(with Alison Krauss) Band of Joy
Band of Joy
(with Band of Joy) Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar Carry Fire

Live albums

No Quarter: Jimmy Page
Jimmy Page
and Robert Plant
Robert Plant
Unledded (with Jimmy Page) Sensational Space Shifters (Live in London July '12)

Compilations

Sixty Six to Timbuktu Nine Lives

DVDs

Soundstage: Robert Plant
Robert Plant
and the Strange Sensation

Related articles

Discography Led Zeppelin The Honeydrippers Page and Plant Band of Joy

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Alison Krauss
Alison Krauss
& Union Station

Alison Krauss Barry Bales Ron Block Jerry Douglas Dan Tyminski

John Pennell Jeff White Brent Truitt Mike Harman Adam Steffey Tim Stafford

Studio albums

Different Strokes Too Late to Cry Two Highways I've Got That Old Feeling Every Time You Say Goodbye I Know Who Holds Tomorrow So Long So Wrong Forget About It New Favorite Lonely Runs Both Ways Paper Airplane Windy City

Compilation albums

Now That I've Found You: A Collection Live A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection Essential Alison Krauss

With Robert Plant

Raising Sand

Singles

"When You Say Nothing at All" "Baby Now That I've Found You" "Baby Mine" "The Lucky One" "Missing You" "Please Read the Letter" "Rich Woman"

Featured singles

"Teach Your Children" "Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart" "It's Not Over" "Buy Me a Rose" "Whiskey Lullaby"

Related articles

Discography Awards and nominations Alison Brown Robert Plant Viktor Krauss Up! Close and Personal

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Album
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