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A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection
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A Hundred Miles or More carries the subtitle A Collection, and what a curious collection it is--cuts from soundtracks, side projects, and tribute albums, plus guest duets on other artists' albums and five previously unreleased tracks. In other words, this is a collection of Alison Krauss performances that have never appeared on an Alison Krauss album, though it holds together better than such a grab-bag approach might suggest. Highlights such as her duet with Brad Paisley on "Whiskey Lullaby" and her a cappella rendition of "Down to the River to Pray" from O Brother, Where Art Thou? will be familiar to most Krauss fans, though it's doubtful that many share her infatuation with retro rocker John Waite (with whom she revives his "Missing You" and duets on a cover of Don Williams's "Lay Down Beside Me."). Other projects represented range from Disney to the Chieftains to the Louvin Brothers (she duets with James Taylor on their "How's the World Treating You." There's minimal contribution from her Union Station band--making this a solo release by default--and little information to indicate whether the previously unreleased tracks were outtakes from earlier releases or recently recorded for this one. --Don McLeese

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"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.

Customer Reviews:

  • Allison Krauss at her BEST!
    Allison voice is so mesmerizing, clear, beautiful and haunting. A good variety of song choices and anyone who purchases this CD will NOT be disappointed!!! I LOVE this album!!...more info
  • Amazing Grace-I Love You Alison Krauss
    This is such a great collection of songs sung by Alison Krauss and some with her friends. Many of these songs are ballads with sad stories but Alison's voice rings clear as you hear her vocal range ring pure as mountain springs and you just feel her presence in the room through a good stereo system. I just cannot get enough of this clear clean sound as it is masterfully reproduced on this compact disc. Very Highly Recommended by The TimeKeeper....more info
  • Pleasant country/blue grass stories
    This is a very good CD to listen to the words and feeling - tells some heart-wrenching stories...more info
  • Love it Love it Love it
    This is a great cd. Fans of Alison Krauss and her music will love this cd. ...more info
  • Notice it isn't called 'the best of' or 'greatest hits'.
    After listening to this cd a few times I gave up on her. I didn't like a single song on this collection. Fortunately, after getting rid of it, I found a copy of New Favorite Thing at a used cd store and since she sounded so good on Raising Sand I decided to give her another try. I'm glad I did. New Favorite Thing is a very enjoyable album. This collection - A Hundred Miles or More- is not a good introduction for new listeners. Seems more of a repository of odds and ends....more info
  • Great recording
    I don't know what is up with itunes. There album only has half of the songs....more info
  • Anther AK Classic
    Like all of Allison's CD's, I buy them on faith (since I can never hear any of her awesome music on today's crummy radio & video stations) and once again get rewarded with another 5 Star CD. She's not capable of turning out an inferior product. As an FYI, if you're looking for a mix of Allison and Union Station, I can tell you this CD is skewed way toward Allision, with more emphasis on her vocals than on her fiddle. ...more info
  • It was a good album.
    Haven't listened to it thoughouly yet, but it's made a good impression on me. A good collection....more info
  • Something old, something new, all excellent
    Alison recorded some tracks specially for this album, while other tracks had previously appeared on other people's albums. It provides a great way to round up tracks that fans might otherwise miss out on, but this part-compilation certainly doesn't round up all such tracks. I would have liked Alison's incredible cover of 9 to 5 to be included here. Anybody who wishes to buy it must but the album for which it was originally recorded (Just because I'm a woman - the songs of Dolly Parton). I'm sure that there are plenty of other tracks that could have been included but weren't. Maybe more of them will be rounded up one day.

    Of the previously released tracks, I was already familiar with Down to the river to pray (from the O brother soundtrack), Baby mine (from Best of country sing the best of Disney) and I give you his heart (from the Prince of Egypt Nashville soundtrack). I'd certainly have been familiar with some of the others had I remained gainfully employed and had money to spend. These include Molly Ban (from the Chieftains album, Down the old plank road), How's the world treating you (a duet with James Taylor from Livin', lovin', losin' - songs of the Louvin brothers), Whiskey mountain (a duet with Brad Paisley from his album, Mud on the tires) and the two Cold mountain tacks (Scarlet tide, You will be my ain true love). Of course, there's no knowing exactly which of those albums I would have bought, but I expect I'll buy some of them eventually, especially as I have this album to remind me that these are desirable albums.

    The song that immediately stands out is Sawing on the strings, if only because it is the only up-tempo track It's brilliant and it would be nice to see Alison do more such tracks, but she loves those ballads that make up the rest of the album, including the two covers of Don Williams songs that bookend the album. You're just a country boy (the opener) is a gender-adaptation of I'm just a country boy. Lay down beside me (the closer) actually appeared first on a Kenny Rogers album on his eponymous 1977 album featuring Lucille. Don's own version didn't appear on album until 1978, when it was included on his Expressions album. Here, Alison sings it as a duet with John Waite. He is famous for Missing you, a song that he and Alison also recorded as a duet for this album.

    There is plenty of great music here, although a little more variation in tempo might have made it even better....more info
  • Very well done
    I was not all that familiar with Alison Krauss' work. This CD served as a great introduction. She now can count me among her fans....more info
  • Allison Krause, A Hundred Miles or More
    Loved this variety of music. One of the best song selections on a single CD I have purchased in a long time. I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves Allison....more info
  • Gorgeous
    This is a gorgeous record. You can listen to it from top to bottom and enjoy every cut. The production and the sound quality match the quality of the music and the performances....more info
  • Beautiful
    This Alison Krauss cd is absolutely beautiful. It portrays her voice as its finest. Definitely an absolute MUST cd. :)...more info
  • What a gorgeous collection of rarities
    Alison Krauss has the voice of an angel and when she gets playing, she can sound like the dark side. This collection of live performances, duets, etc. is so eclectic, you'll put into your CD player and not take out anytime soon.

    There are enough varied genre artists here to keep the collection fascinating as it rolls out: Sting (You will be my Ain True Love), Brad Paisley (Whiskey Lullabye), James Taylor (How's the World Treating You) and John Waite in a double treat (Missing You, and Lay Down Beside Me).

    Music can evoke a wide range of emotion and this collection is no exception. "Jacob's Dream" is an eerie song about two children's death. Spare instrumentation and Alison's voice will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up the first time you hear it.

    Conversely, "Sawing on the Strings" is a hoedown sound that will make you tap your foot, if not get up and dance.

    I actually thought the least of this collection would be "Down to the River to Pray," which is Alison solo with the audience as chorus. I did miss Gillian Welch and Emmylou Harris from the original, but there's a camp meeting feel to this collection's version that is well worth listening to.

    "A Hundred Miles or More" is much more. This collection is well worth a listen and a purchase if you like any of the genres represented here.

    Rebecca Kyle, May 2008

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  • Luscious!
    This album is just luscious from the first track to the last. I cannot get the songs out of my head and I cannot take the disc out of the player. The engineering is just as luscious as the music. Warm, rich and soulful. "Get me through December" is beautiful and a favorite. BTW I read a review that stated that it was too slow. That's fine. This album is for us that dont like a bunch of "hot damn, give it a slam" noise....more info
  • An enchanting, delectable compilation of her back catalogue with a...wilfully commercial air.
    At the age of 35, she has achieved more career milestones than most people do in their lifetime. Her first album was released when she was 16. She has released a total of eleven albums, all on Rounder Records, with her long time band of highly acclaimed musicians, Union Station.
    To date, she has earned 20 Grammy Awards - more than any other female in the history of the awards - and multiple Country Music Association Awards, International Bluegrass Music Awards and countless others.
    On this CD there seems to be one track, at least, from each of her previous dozen albums over the past decade which saw her move from virtually unknown on the country scene, to become one of its leading acts.
    This is a collection of tracks, which in their way are an delightful compilation of Alison's back catalogue.
    And what a compilation this 16-tracker is, with fans' favourite collaborations (she is known for her penchant for collaborations) and guest duets ( "Whiskey Lullaby" with Brad Paisley and "How's the World Treating You" with James Taylor ); songs that have appeared in film soundtracks ("Down to the River to Pray" ); side projects and five brand new tracks in the mix - "You're Just a Country Boy", "Jacob's Dream", "Simple Love", "Lay Down Beside Me", and "Away Down the River", which are also all produced by Krauss.
    None of these songs has ever appeared elsewhere on another Alison Krauss album, though its collection of non-traditional tracks holds together extremely well, given its disparate appearance.
    Many will enjoy a brace of duets with John Waite, which includes his signature hit "Missing You".
    Inevitably, Sting has to have a look-in and joins Alison on the tender "You Will Be My Ain True Love". An unexpected bonus is the Disney classic "Baby Mine" from Dumbo.
    My favourite is the accapella "Down to the River to Pray" (you'll know it from the film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"), showing off to full effect the raw power of Krauss's vocals. Beautiful.
    Her voice is pure, matchless and seductive. It has an ethereal quality that just floats in the space.
    Alison unleashes that marvelous instrument and touches your heart.
    As USA Today wrote of her, "Krauss' influence extends far beyond bluegrass and far beyond her own albums".
    From Billboard: "...Alison Krauss adds a newfound tenderness to the ironic lyric 'I ain't missing you at all/No matter what I say.' Her vulnerable vocals, as ever, add ache to the familiar track..."
    The bluegrass singer's longtime and normally omnipresent backing band Union State is absent, but none the worse for it. "The Scarlet Tide" and "You Will Be My Ain True Love", from the film "Cold Mountain", are as moving and quietly beautiful now as ever.
    Brimming with timeless slices of beauty, this collection serves as an excellent introduction for anyone looking to explore Alison's work for the first time, while the very thought of a few fresh cuts is sure to satisfy fans' thirst for new material until her next studio album arrives.
    Enjoy this great collection on a a lazy Sunday with the one you love. ...more info
  • AWESOME
    If you're an Alison Krauss fan, this album is for you. I love it. ...more info
  • Quite A Collection
    Her most interesting work so far. It is a nice mix of her early 90s bluegrass style mixed with country/pop/folk influences. Quite a diverse album. ...more info
  • Slightly disappointing
    I am a new fan of Allison's, and I must admit, I was disappointed by this album. I found the whole thing to be slow and depressing. There were a few good songs, but mostly all the songs have the same slow tune and melody. I would not recommend this. It is definitely NOT bluegrass. ...more info
  • WOW, What Happened?
    I fell in love her voice the first time I ever heard Alison Krauss sing. It was as if an angel had entered the room. She was the first artist whose every CD I purchased and I was never, ever sorry......until this one! Her voice didn't even sound like her voice. Instead of it being clear, it was raspy and the new songs were terrible. This CD was so bad I couldn't listen to the entire CD. Wish I could get my money back. I hate this CD!...more info
  • Another great one for Allison Krauss
    I have just about all of her C.D.s. This is another really great one. I really like most of the songs on this album. (There is only about 2 - 3 songs that I am not crazy about.)

    Allsion Krauss is a rare talent and only seems to get better with time. I have always loved her and I suppose I always will....more info
  • She does it again
    Her voice always makes me pause. Her choice of material is always impeccible. This album is another fine example of her talent....more info