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 ]
^ Cohen, Jonathan (2007-08-03). "Plant, Krauss Cover Everlys, Waits On New Album". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc). Archived from the original on September 14, 2014 . Retrieved . 2009-01-12
^ MTV News Staff (2009-02-08). "Grammy 2009 Winners List". MTV . Retrieved . 2009-02-09
^ "Raising Sand". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 2007-10-27. Archived from the original on February 13, 2009 . Retrieved . 2009-01-12
^ a b Halperin, Shirley (2008-02-20). "A Tale of Two Singers". Entertainment Weekly . Retrieved . 2009-01-12
^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 500. ISBN 0-89820-188-8.
^ Jones, Chris (2007-10-19). "Robert Plant and Alison Krauss: Raising Sand". BBC . Retrieved . 2008-12-08
^ "Raising Sand: Review". Allmusic . Retrieved . 2008-12-08
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