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Richard Thompson: Electric [Deluxe]

Read "Richard Thompson: Electric [Deluxe]" reviewed by John Kelman

The title may be Electric--and, to be sure, it contains no shortage of the unfettered Celtic quirkiness that's garnered Richard Thompson accolades like “the best electric guitarist since Jimi Hendrix" (Scott Timberg, L.A. Times)--but that doesn't mean there's a paradigm shift going on in the British singer/songwriter's overall modus operandi. Instead, what Thompson does, as he's largely been doing since he first went solo in 1971, is deliver another consistently fine set of original material, playing with a core trio ...

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Richard Thompson Band: Live at Celtic Connections

Read "Richard Thompson Band: Live at Celtic Connections" reviewed by John Kelman

The Richard Thompson BandLive at Celtic Connections Eagle Vision2012 In a career spanning nearly half a century, it wouldn't be unforgivable to put out the occasional duff; with a repertoire of something like 400 original songs, it wouldn't be amiss to expect a writer's pen to dull a tad with age; and with an early career as significant as Richard Thompson's, it wouldn't be beyond the pale to think that the best ...

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Richard Thompson: Dream Attic

Read "Dream Attic" reviewed by John Kelman

Few artists have maintained the unerring consistency of Richard Thompson's near-half century career. After leaving Fairport Convention in 1970--cofounded by the British singer/songwriter/guitarist and bringing electrified energy to music born of the British folk tradition--Thompson's own career grew from those innovations to incorporate an even broader range of stylistic references, all filtered through a particularly dark filter. Shoot Out the Lights (Hannibal, 1982) remains one of the most painful breakup records ever released, charting #9 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest ...

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The Richard Thompson Band: Live in Providence

Read "The Richard Thompson Band: Live in Providence" reviewed by John Kelman

The Richard Thompson BandLive in Providence In the USA: SpinART Records In Canada: True North Records 2004 There are few singer/songwriters who have garnered the kind of widespread critical acclaim for such a lengthy career as Richard Thompson. From his earliest days with the British folk/rock band Fairport Convention, it was clear that Thompson was not only a uniquely talented guitarist with a distinctive style that owed as much to the Uillean pipes ...


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