Please Read the Letter" is a song originally recorded by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page for the 1998 album . Walking into Clarksdale It was released as the second single of the album. [1 ]
Alison Krauss later recorded a version of the song for their collaboration album . The song was well received by critics, and won the Raising Sand Record of the Year award at the 2009 Grammy Awards. The song features in the closing moments of the final episode of the USA TV show The Riches. [2 ]
Music and lyrics [ edit ]
"Please Read the Letter" is in the
folk rock genre. [3 ]
Plant explained that "Please Read the Letter" is a song about yearning for someone, adding that the lyrics are about "unfinished business".
Release [ edit ]
A music video for the single was released in 2008. It was shot in a 1905-built house in
South Los Angeles. The music video was nominated for Wide Open Country Video of the Year at the 2009 CMT Music Awards. [4 ]
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss version [ edit ]
Chart performance [ edit ]
Plant and Krauss' version of the song initially failed to chart, but after winning the
Grammy Award for Record of the Year, the song entered the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart at #20 (the virtual equivalent to #120 on the Hot 100) in 2009.
UK Singles Chart
Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 [5 ] 20
Critical reviews [ edit ]
The song has been well received by critics. Chris Jones, in his review for the
BBC, felt that the version by Plant and Krauss is "completely improved" from the original track. Thom Jurek wrote for [6 ] Allmusic: "Slow, plodding, almost crawling, Krauss' harmony vocal takes it to the next step, adds the kind of lonesome depth that makes this a song whispered under a starless sky rather than just another lost love song." [7 ]
Track listing [ edit ]
2008 US CD single
"Please Read the Letter" (Radio Edit) (Jones, Lee, Page, Plant) – 3:47
"Please Read the Letter" (Jones, Lee, Page, Plant) – 5:55
References [ edit ]
Smooth"* by Santana (Rodney Holmes, Tony Lindsay, Karl Perazzo, Raul Rekow, Benny Rietveld, Carlos Santana, Chester Thompson) featuring Rob Thomas
engineered/mixed by David Thoener, produced by Matt Serletic (2000) "
Beautiful Day"* by U2 ( Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen, Jr.)
engineered/mixed by Richard Rainey & Steve Lillywhite; produced by Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois (2001)
Walk On" by U2 ( Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen, Jr.)
engineered/mixed by Richard Rainey & Steve Lillywhite; produced by Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois (2002) "
Don't Know Why"* by Norah Jones
engineered/mixed by Jay Newland; produced by Arif Mardin, Jay Newland & Norah Jones (2003)
Clocks" by Coldplay ( Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion, Phil Harvey, Chris Martin)
engineered/mixed by Coldplay, Ken Nelson & Mark Phythian; produced by Coldplay & Ken Nelson (2004) "
Here We Go Again" by Ray Charles and Norah Jones
engineered/mixed by Al Schmitt, Mark Fleming, & Terry Howard; produced by John R. Burk (2005)
Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day ( Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Frank Edwin Wright III)
engineered/mixed by Chris Lord-Alge & Doug McKean, produced by Green Day & Rob Cavallo (2006) "
Not Ready to Make Nice"* by Dixie Chicks ( Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison)
engineered/mixed by Chris Testa, Jim Scott & Richard Dodd; produced by Rick Rubin (2007)
Rehab"* by Amy Winehouse
engineered/mixed by Tom Elmhirst, Vaughan Merrick, Dom Morley, Mark Ronson & Gabriel Roth; produced by Mark Ronson (2008) "
Please Read the Letter" by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant
engineered/mixed by Mike Piersante; produced by T Bone Burnett (2009)