Monday, July 4, 2022

Richard Thompson - The Life & Music of Richard Thompson [2006] (5 x CD's) + Bonus

 

RICHARD THOMPSON

Richard Thompson - The Life & Music of Richard Thompson [2006] (5 x CD's) + Bonus

For Richard Thompson fanatics (and those who admire the brilliant songwriter and virtuoso guitarist tend to be quite ardent about him), this five-disc set of obscurities, outtakes, live performances, and previously unreleased material is the holy grail. Earlier releases from Free Reed found the label mining the riches of British folk-rock from the likes of Fairport Convention (which featured Thompson in its most popular incarnation), but here they've hit the mother lode. This isn't the place for a newcomer to start with Thompson, as other "best-of" anthologies and career-spanning compilations might provide a better introduction. Instead, this is a treasure trove that will offer discovery for even the most devoted fan. Each disc has a theme--epic ballads, discarded songs, the essential canon--with the disc of cover versions particularly fascinating. From performance tapes, Thompson makes everything from the Who's "Substitute" and Squeeze's "Tempted" to the traditional "Danny Boy" and "Shenandoah" sound like his own. The expansive selection illuminates Thompson as an artist of great range and subtlety, humor and heart, from the intimacy of his solo acoustic performances to galvanizing, electrically charged renditions of masterpieces such as "Shoot Out the Lights," "For Shame of Doing Wrong," and "Calvary Cross."   (Amazon)

A sixth CD "RT on FR" is offered free of charge by returning a coupon included in the 5,000 box sets. (included in this post). 

The tracks date from 1971 (the year RT left Fairport convention) to 2005 (including two tracks recorded specifically for this project. There are twelve tracks from the seventies and the rest are fairly equally distributed over the next three decades. 

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Track lists


CD1

01 Richard Thompson Now That I Am Dead 3:05

02 Richard Thompson Genesis Hall 3:17

03 Richard Thompson Josef Locke 2:45

04 Richard Thompson Willy O' Winsbury 4:58

05 Richard Thompson Don't Sit On My Jimmy Shands 3:35

06 Richard Thompson Nobody's Wedding 2:13

07 Richard Thompson Madonna's Wedding 2:35

08 Richard Thompson Walking The Long Miles Home 4:05

09 Richard Thompson Withered And Died 3:25

10 Richard Thompson Beat The Retreat 4:59

11 Richard Thompson The Great Valerio 4:47

12 Richard Thompson Walking On A Wire 5:26

13 Richard Thompson Never Again 3:00

14 Richard Thompson The End Of The Rainbow 3:54

15 Richard Thompson King Of Bohemia 3:45

16 Richard Thompson Killerman Gold Posse 1:50

17 Richard Thompson Lotteryland 2:57

18 Richard Thompson Now Be Thankful 3:17

19 Richard Thompson Shoot Out The Lights 5:49

20 Richard Thompson Outside Of The Inside 4:20


CD2

01 Richard Thompson I Feel So Good 3:17

02 Richard Thompson Push And Shove 3:10

03 Richard Thompson Time To Ring Some Changes 3:31

04 Richard Thompson Cooksferry Queen 3:26

05 Richard Thompson Waltzing's For Dreamers 3:43

06 Richard Thompson I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight 3:20

07 Richard Thompson I Misunderstood 3:51

08 Richard Thompson Meet On The Ledge 3:26

09 Richard Thompson Down Where The Drunkards Roll 4:20

10 Richard Thompson Gethsemane 5:51

11 Richard Thompson Tear-Stained Letter 3:19

12 Richard Thompson Wall Of Death 3:22

13 Richard Thompson 1952 Vincent Black Lightning 4:54

14 Richard Thompson From Galway To Graceland 4:59

15 Richard Thompson Crazy Man Michael 4:46

16 Richard Thompson Dimming Of The Day 3:50

17 Richard Thompson Beeswing 5:28


CD3

01 Richard Thompson Valerie 4:23

02 Richard Thompson Don't Let A Thief Steal Into You Heart 3:54

03 Richard Thompson Ghosts In The Wind 5:41

04 Richard Thompson Crash The Party 6:12

05 Richard Thompson For Shame Of Doing Wrong 6:55

06 Richard Thompson Calvary Cross 9:32

07 Richard Thompson Sloth 12:20

08 Richard Thompson Night Comes In 8:12

09 Richard Thompson Drowned Dog, Black Night 6:36

10 Richard Thompson Put It There Pal 7:53

11 Richard Thompson Morris Medley-Flying Saucers 6:37


CD4

01 Richard Thompson Substitute 3:05

02 Richard Thompson Tempted 4:39

03 Richard Thompson (The Story Of) Hamlet 4:36

04 Richard Thompson Oops, I Did It Again 3:11

05 Richard Thompson Ca Plane Pour Moi 2:51

06 Richard Thompson Why Don't Women Like Me 2:52

07 Richard Thompson Time Has Told Me 4:47

08 Richard Thompson Shenandoah 3:34

09 Richard Thompson Danny Boy 3:35

10 Richard Thompson Move It 3:24

11 Richard Thompson Not Fade Away 4:01

12 Richard Thompson Loch Lomond 3:30

13 Richard Thompson Job Of Journeywork 1:34

14 Richard Thompson Napoleon's Dream 2:02

15 Richard Thompson Sally Rackett 1:04

16 Richard Thompson God Loves A Drunk 4:42

17 Richard Thompson The Angels Took My Racehorse Away 3:30

18 Richard Thompson Poseidon 4:00

19 Richard Thompson Wall Of Death 3:50

20 Richard Thompson You'll Never Walk Alone 2:28

21 Richard Thompson I Ain't Marching Anymore 2:52

22 Richard Thompson The Who Medley 6:49


CD5

01 Richard Thompson Albion Sunrise 2:35

02 Richard Thompson How Many Times 3:36

03 Richard Thompson Bad News Is All The Wind Can Carry 3:04

04 Richard Thompson Mrs. Rita 2:47

05 Richard Thompson Shady Lies 2:23

06 Richard Thompson Lucky In Life, Unlucky In Love 3:13

07 Richard Thompson Dragging The River 2:06

08 Richard Thompson Alexander Graham Bell 3:23

09 Richard Thompson Someone Else's Fancy 3:18

10 Richard Thompson Modern Woman 3:06

11 Richard Thompson Woman Or A Man 3:46

12 Richard Thompson My Daddy Is A Mummy 2:40

13 Richard Thompson You Got What You Wanted 3:17

14 Richard Thompson In Over Your Head 2:08

15 Richard Thompson Dear Janet Jackson 3:46


CD6

01 Richard Thompson Meet On The Ledge 1:25

02 Richard Thompson When I Get To The Border 3:20

03 Richard Thompson I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight 3:22

04 Richard Thompson We Sing Hallelujah 2:35

05 Richard Thompson The Hangman's Reel 3:25

06 Richard Thompson Albion Sunrise 2:56

07 Richard Thompson Sir Patrick Spens 3:27

08 Richard Thompson New St George 2:51

09 Richard Thompson Sword Dance, Young Black Cow 4:13

10 Richard Thompson The Lady Is A Tramp 2:11

11 Richard Thompson Farewell, Farewell 3:18

12 Richard Thompson Meet On The Ledge 2:51

13 Richard Thompson The Gas Almost Works 2:38

14 Richard Thompson Withered & Died 2:41

15 Richard Thompson Has He Got A Friend For Me 2:51

16 Richard Thompson End Of The Rainbow 3:28

17 Richard Thompson Beeswing 4:38

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4 comments:

  1. Mother lode, indeed!! And it's not even my birthday. You are right on the money about Thompson's admirers - once you're in, you're IN with both feet. People who like Randy Newman, for example, tend to really like Randy Newman. Or Kevin Ayers. Or Ralph Sutton. But I'm a niche guy- on the margins, as it were. Still trying to figure out whether I'm flotsam or whether I'm jetsam... Sterling offering, Butter - heartfelt thanks!

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    1. Thank you, slr in tx.
      I hope you get much enjoyment from this truly wonderful set.
      Cheers.

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  2. This was one of my first big multidisc box buys. I regret nothing.

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