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RT: The Life and Music of Richard Thompson [Box] [020286201427]


  • 0. DISC 1: WALKING THE LONG MILES HOME:
    1. Now That I Am Dead
    2. Genesis Hall
    3. Josef Locke
    4. Willy O' Winsbury
    5. Don't Sit on My Jimmy Shands
    6. Nobody's Wedding
    7. Madonna's Wedding
    8. Walking the Long Miles Home
    9. Withered and Died
    10. Beat the Retreat
    11. Great Valerio, The
    12. Walking on a Wire
    13. Never Again
    14. End of the Rainbow, The
    15. King of Bohemia
    16. Killerman Gold Posse
    17. Lotteryland
    18. Now Be Thankful
    19. Shoot Out the Lights
    20. Outside of the Inside
    0. DISC 2: THE FINDING BETTER WORDS:
    1. I Feel So Good
    2. Push and Shove
    3. Time to Ring Some Changes
    4. Cooksferry Queen
    5. Waltzing's For Dreamers
    6. I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight
    7. I Misunderstood
    8. Meet on the Ledge
    9. Down Where the Drunkards Roll
    10. Gethsemane
    11. Tear-Stained Letter
    12. Wall of Death
    13. 1952 Vincent Black Lightning
    14. From Galway to Graceland
    15. Crazy Man Michael
    16. Dimming of the Day
    17. Beeswings
    0. DISC 3: SHINE IN THE DARK:
    1. Valerie
    2. Don't Let a Thief Steal Into Your Heart
    3. Tghosts in the Wind
    4. Crash the Party
    5. For Shame of Doing Wrong
    6. Clavary Cross
    7. Sloth
    8. Night Comes In
    9. Drowned Dog, Black Night
    10. Put It There Pal
    11. Morris Medley/Flying Saucers
    0. DISC 4: THE SONS POUR DOWN LIKE SILVER:
    1. Substitute
    2. Tempted
    3. Hamlet, (The Story of)
    4. Oops, I Did It Again
    5. Ca Plane pour Moi
    6. Why Don't Women Like Me?
    7. Time Has Told Me
    8. Shenandoah
    9. Danny Boy
    10. Move It
    11. Willie & The Hand Jive/Not Fade Away
    12. Loch Lomond
    13. Job of Journeywork
    14. Napoleaon's Dream
    15. Sally Rackett
    16. God Loves a Drunk
    17. Angels Took My Racehorse Away, The
    18. Poseidon
    19. Wall of Death
    20. You'll Never Walk Alone
    21. I Ain't Marching Anymore
    22. The Who Medley: My Generation / Can't Explain / Substitute
    0. DISC 5: SOMETHING HERE WORTH MORE THAN GOLD:
    1. Albion Sunrise
    2. How Many Times Do You Have to Fall
    3. Bad News Is All the Wind Can Carry
    4. Mrs Rita
    5. Shady Lies
    6. Lucky in Life, Unlucky in Love
    7. Dragging the River
    8. Alexander Graham Bell
    9. Someone Else's Fancy
    10. Modem Woman
    11. Woman or a Man
    12. My Daddy Is a Mummy
    13. You Got What You Wanted
    14. In Over Your Head
    15. Dear Janet Jackson
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 552

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    Personnel: Richard Thompson.
    The British folk label Free Reed are doing fans of British folk-rock a nice service by issuing box sets of the genre's most important artists, and they've done a doozy with THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF RICHARD THOMPSON. With five CDs full of rare and largely unreleased material and a beautiful 168-page booklet full of photographs, interviews, biographical information, and exhaustive notes, this collection is a monster, and a must for any devoted fan of this seminal singer-songwriter.
    The CDs are organized by theme, and include autobiographical songs, live performances, cover versions of songs by other artists, and demos and outtakes. That Thompson is a uniquely skilled guitarist and a songwriter of remarkable sensitivity and craftsmanship is well known, and those qualities are presented in a new light on this mammoth set. Still, beginners will want to pick up Thompson's Fairport albums and his first few records with then wife Linda before diving into LIFE & MUSIC; rabid Thompson collectors, however, will be surprised and delighted by the wealth of excellent unreleased material included here.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.70) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "Thompson's guitar firepower and parched wit are everywhere here....Loving archaeology, in every detail."
    Entertainment Weekly (p.137) - "[H]e has inhabited a dizzying number of personas...visionary hurdy-gurdy man, molten-hot electric-guitar hero, restless musical explorer, spiritual searcher, comedian." -- Grade: A
    Uncut (p.116) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Thompson is an exceptional guitar player, a fine songwriter, and a decent singer. Listening to RT's five discs, you get the sense that the guitar is his true voice."
    Dirty Linen (p.53) - "[Thompson is] a thoughtful man with rare insights into the human condition who, as it happens, is a pretty fair musician and songwriter, too."
    Global Rhythm (Publication) (p.45) - "The set makes a good case that he is the best guitar player in the world....but it makes an even better case for his songwriting."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.116) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] true bonanza....Wit, pathos, humility and chops enough to sway Jimmy Page. Thompson had -- and still has -- it all."
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