Thread: Richard Thompson

JimSheridan - 9/6/2017 at 05:47 PM

I'm pretty late to the game on this guy. He is a name I had often seen in the guitar mags as being underrated, and he appears on many "Best" lists, both as a guitar player and as the co-creator of the album "Shoot Out the Lights." I had gotten an album from when he was in Fairport Convention called "Liege & Leaf," which I found pleasant but so folky and non-rock-guitary that it really didn't resonate with me on a deep level.

However, more recently, I did get "Shoot Out the Lights," and it has been on constant play.

It is not an obvious guitar hero album. I would say it has some elements in common with a Lindsay Buckingham era Fleetwood Mac album in that while it has soulful and distinctive guitar playing throughout, it is usually in service of the song. Maybe it is cool fills, or a lovely progression picked in a less-than-obvious way. There are some scorching solos but they are usually not too long.

However, the whole package works. The songs are wonderfully melodic, the vocals and harmony vocals are really evocative, and it is just excellent songwriting.

I need to check out his live work to see what it is like.

I did go back and listen to the Fairport Convention album, and it is beautiful and haunting but I still wish it had more guitar solos. I guess you can tell I'm an ABB fan!!!

BrerRabbit - 9/6/2017 at 07:01 PM

This one never fails to mist up my eyes -


"1952 Vincent Black Lightning"

ok enough booohoohoo and for grit rock crunch electric chaser the recent 2013 "Stony Ground" might satisfy that rock jones

2015 rocker "No Peace No End", kind of sounds like the Wipers, but with great Knopflerish lead fills.

the man is phenomenal

[Edited on 9/6/2017 by BrerRabbit]

50split - 9/7/2017 at 02:13 AM

try "sloth" from house full album or "hard on me" from semi detached mock tudor album or hokey pokey from the same album. the song writing is just as good as the guitar playing.

BillyBlastoff - 9/7/2017 at 03:05 PM

I've never seen him. He plays the Birchmere nearly annually. I'll have to exert extra effort this year and make the show.

BrerRabbit - 9/9/2017 at 05:30 PM

Just ordered Rumor and Sigh. Thx for kicking in my Richard Thompson revival.

Shavian - 9/9/2017 at 07:41 PM

If you can still find it, his 3 CD compilation Watching The Dark contains the best of his work from 1969 to 1992.

Action Packed - The Best of The Capitol Years is a single disc compilation of 1988 to 1999 material but Watching The Dark is the best place for beginners to start.

BrerRabbit - 9/10/2017 at 08:55 PM

Spinning his latest 2015 record "Still" , some great rockers on this. Easily as good as anything he has ever done. Thompson is one of the alltime great guitarists and songwriters.

linus - 9/10/2017 at 10:31 PM

There's a live record from a few years ago called Dream Attic that was my entrance to RT worship. I would do anything to see Derek record with him. Could be spectacular, nothing less than interesting

BIGV - 9/11/2017 at 04:25 AM

Saw him a couple of times at Humphrey's by the bay in San Diego, once with the Prince of Polyester...Talented guy, but his music does not speak to me.

BrerRabbit - 9/11/2017 at 06:13 PM

Note to anyone interested in fingerstyle acoustic, who may be unfamiliar with Thompson's work. Rock/electric aside - Thompson writes great rockers, his electric is excellent, though not "guitar hero" as the OP said. However his acoustic fingerpicking is some of the best on the planet, he is most definitely a guitar hero to us wooden pickers - right up there with Bert Jansch, Jorma Kaukonen, John Fahey, Davey Graham, et al.

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