Richard Thompson, just because...

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  1. aging_rocker

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    I've been having a Richard Thompson day today, because why not? :cool:

    The man should be given official 'national treasure' status, IMHO. I do worry that we don't appreciate him enough, sometimes.

    Acoustic - up close and personal:
    Richard Thompson "When the spell is broken"


    Electric - Richard & the band pull off some serious licks here, from about 4 minutes in...
    Richard Thompson Band - You Can't Win
     
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    A true original. What a talent.
     
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    Richard is a musical giant. I saw him some years ago. He is a great performer.
     
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    I've had a few Richard Thompson days of late too. Why not indeed. A combination of my CD's and the Internet have provided many hours of slack jawed 'wtf!' moments. Not always an easy listen. Always a worthwhile one.
     
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    & who else could pull THIS off:

     
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    I love his Rumor and Sigh album.
     
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    Here with his son Teddy (a really fine writer and singer in his own right) and the late Pete Zorn. Also that really cool Ferrington guitar.

     
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    Yep, he is one of those players who regularly cause me to have those 'how the f__ did he do that?' moments... o_O
     
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    Shoot Out The Lights


    RT plays EC - "White Room"
     
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    Absolutely massive RT fan right here.

    My favorite album is Pour Down Like Silver. Night Comes In and Beat The Retreat and Dimming Of The Day on a single album? Masterpiece.
     
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    I love the roadie-operated wah pedal footswitch on White Room. (And the solo that ensues!)
     
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    Even though I've heard them so many times, I honestly still find it difficult to listen to 'Beeswing' or '1952 Vincent Black Lightning' without getting emotional, and that's songwriting at it's most powerful.



     
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    Every story tells a picture don't it?

    NYTimes had a little feature on "You'll Never Walk Alone" today - I once saw uber-football-fan RT pick that at random out of a hat (an all-request show) and he sang the bejeezus out of it.
     
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    He's just amazing, isn't he?

    And you get to see both sides of being an artist. The musicality of the guitar playing, which came to him (it appears) with much ease, and the vocals, which are all hard fought (as he is not a naturally gifted singer). Just a totally satisfying listening experience. Had "Mock Tudor" on a 6 CD repeat and kept going back and repeating it, not the others.

    Probably #1 on my wish list, if I could just see a performer live, right now.
     
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    Blistering guitar!

     
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    Got to see him on his "All-Request" tour a while back. Just him, his guitar, and someone printing music for him offstage. He played a bunch of his songs, "Monster Mash" ('twas near Hallowe'en), "Don't Dream It's Over", and other fun stuff, but did NOT do my request of "Hit Me Baby One More Time" from his "1000 Years Of Pop Music" tour.

    Absolute bloody genius he is.
     
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    Thank you for posting this! Pete Zorn was a friend of my dad's, and my dad produced one or two of the Arizona Smoke Revue albums back in the 90s at his studio. Pete was well-loved and is badly missed. RT was lucky to have him on his team for so long. I have never had the opportunity to see Richard, but my dad has seen him many times and they've met a few times here and there. RT is something of a hero to him - he came of age listening to Fairport, and he turned me onto this wonderful musician when I was a teenager.

    If I had to pick a favorite album by any artist, it would probably be Pour Down Like Silver. I love every second of it.
     
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    Pete Zorn kinda blew my mind the one time I saw him with RT. He was able to play so well on so many instruments, he made a 4 piece band sound like something much larger.
     
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    I must have watched this 100 times. Richard just embodies mastery and simplicity, precision and subtlety. And Linda is so pure and earnest. This is from their period when they were living in a Sufi commune in London, and shortly after they released Pour Down Like Silver, which is (for me) among the greatest records ever released.

    Plus, Whispering Bob!

     
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    Exactly! My dad used to talk about how Pete could just inhabit his instrument and make it sing. Such a humble and approachable guy. I wish I had been a bit older when he was hanging around our house, I would have picked his brains all day!
     
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