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Action Packed: Best of (Vinyl) Import


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  • LP Record (Jan. 1 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bong Load Records
  • ASIN: B00005CENO
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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By JHP TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Dec 12 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is a great collection of songs by Richard Thompson, featuring his output from 1988-1999 (his capitol years).

If this is the first music you buy by Richard Thompson, then the great news are that you will really enjoy it, and believe me there are many other great tracks in each individual album as good as what you get here, so deep yourself into the amazing world of RT.

For this reason alone I would give it 5 stars... but if you, like me, happen to have those individual albums and is attracted to this package for the 3 extra tracks stuck at the end of this collection, then I'm afraid you'll be disappointed.

The two last tracks in here are taken from the limited vinyl edition of Mock Tudor and are not that great to be honest, and the beautiful song "Persuasion", known to many for its live version by RT, but not included in a studio album (it only appeared as an instrumental piece for a movie soundtrack), is presented here as a collaboration with Richard's son Teddy Thompson.

The problem with this "duet" is that after Richard singing the first verse and chorus, his participation is greatly diminished... Teddy takes over the song for the whole remaining of it. Even in parts where Richard joins him for harmony, his vocals are mixed way down, so you mainly hear Teddy.
Teddy's voice is good and easy listening, but it makes the song sound too pop for my taste.... very much in line with the today's pop singers, with voices with little personality compared to people like RT, Neil Young or Cat Stevens...
The kind of voices Roger Daltrey refers to as "making listening comfortable".

This song was my main reason to buy this compilation, for this is one of Richard's best songs ever, but I didn't like this recording at all...
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Format: Audio CD
Some reviewers may niggle over the selection, but this is a solid collection for anybody who wants an economical survey of this phenomenal musician. I'd personally like to have "You Dream Too Much" on here too, but that doesnt make this collection any worse. The selections from You? Me? Us? are just right. Theres nothing wrong with the 3 new tracks either.
If you need some RT in your collection, this is an excellent way to start. Watching the Dark is also highly recommended.
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By HANS D HARMS on Nov. 3 2003
Format: Audio CD
My taste usually runs more towards the virutoso guitar slinger. While RICHARD THOMPSON isn't in that vain, he is a most inventive guitarist who creates beautifull melodies and some of the best lyrics written in modern musik. Only UK SQUEEZE at their best could tell a story so well with so few words. This CD is always entertaining and despite the width of material, there are no fillers. From the folk flavoured tracks to out and out rockers, THOMPSON delivers in any style he chooses. If you don't have RICHARD THOMPSON in your collection, you are missing one of the best song writers of this century.
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Format: Audio CD
I often wonder how this guy isn't twice as popular, then I decide I like being part of the secret. Thompson sets many a mood on here with his quick fingers. He can whip out the pop-rockers like "Turning of the Tide", "Feel So Good", and "Razor Dance", or he can slow the pace with songs like "Waltzing's for Dreamers", "Keep Your Distance", or the excellent "Beeswing". This also includes my favorite "Bathsheba Smiles", which is a great upbeat number, and the big fan favorite "1952 Vincent Black Lightning", probably one of the best "story" songs ever. I've seen him a few times, and he always seems to play that one. The only things I miss on here are "Read About Love" and "Crawl Back Under My Stone", otherwise this is the best place to start if your looking for your first, or only "Richard Thompson" cd.
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One of the best acts on tour this summer is a musical mystery man to the general audience-but a veteran legend to his all-knowing fans. However, thanks to a terrific packaging effort by Capitol Records on this new release, Mr. Richard Thompson is ready to step from the shadows and into the spotlight. When the marketing team at EMI called this crackerjack set "Action Packed...", they ought to have been nominated for a first-place trophy for concept and song selection.
These songs are loaded with the brooding, riveting power that Thompson projects with his dark baritone voice and lyrics, and his guitar playing is a complex blend of slashing, tornado rhythms and dancing acoustic nimbleness. I'm strongly reminded of Mark Knopfler's touch, or The Band's Robbie Robertson-these guys would make a terrific showing as a trio on a mixed bill. His imagery captures the boldness and adventure of his rugged ancestry (he hails from the south country of England)-try and imagine a Celtic Warren Zevon's wild ways with a raging fire at his back, calling up all the spirits and magic that lurk in the legacies of Britain. Additionally, Thompson also rides the razor's edge of the human psyche with obsessive power struggle memories from relationships that tore out his heart. His love songs stay clear of the mainstream "happy days" or "my love is gone"; instead, they prowl through intense dangerous alleys of jealousy, lust, and aloofness, and tell of bad men's renegade adventures: arrogant, proud, and tough. When Richard literally explodes with adrenalin macho swagger ("Fully Qualified to be Your Man"), he's the primal bull elk with the biggest rack.
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