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Action Packed: Best of (Vinyl) [Import]

Richard Thompson LP Record
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Ex-Fairport Convention guitarist Richard Thompson is one of the few '60s rockers to remain vital and relevant into the '80s and '90s, and this new 19-track collection chronicles his work for Capitol, where he's recorded since the late '80s. Includes an unreleased track and two others never on CD in the U.S., plus Turning of the Tide; Waltzing's for Dreamers; King of Bohemia; The Ghost of You Walks; Razor Dance (voltage enhanced); Cold Kisses; Cooksberry Queen , and more. A true guitar hero! --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Action Packed is a collection that's been long overdue. A brilliant, albeit subtle, guitar genius, Richard Thompson writes wonderful songs that are sometimes rocking, sometimes haunting and sometimes a little bit of both. And he presents them all in a voice that can only be called unique. Unlike most guitar heroes, Thompson is less based in the blues than he is in folk--dating back to his early years with the seminal Fairport Convention--but his has always been a folk music with bite and soul, adding things to the folk lexicon like rockabilly and zydeco. "Cooksferry Queen"--one of the 19 tracks on this compilation culled from the six albums Thompson released on Capitol between 1988 and 1999--features a guitar solo that's downright punk. Tracks such as the semi-hit "I Feel So Good", "Razor Dance" and "Bathsheba Smiles" remain as exhilarating as anything you're apt to hear. Longtime fans will need to hear the three tracks previously unreleased on CD, including a new duet with son Teddy Thompson on "Persuasion" (cowritten with Tim Finn) that is absolutely gorgeous. Ultimately, one longs for a box set that encompasses all eras (and labels) of this master's career, but Action Packed proves that the recent last third of it has been top-notch. --Bill Holdship --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thompson is Tremendous Feb. 7 2003
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Overview! Feb. 6 2003
Format:Audio CD
Being a slightly-more-than casual fan of RT's work, I could tell this had some choice material on it. Everything here from Rumour & Sigh is well chosen, and the incredibly beautiful
"Beeswing" from Mirror Blue is an absolute career highlight. What I didn't expect however, was to be so blown away by the songs from Mock Tudor!! "Bathsheba Smiles" and "Walking the Long Miles Home" find him suceeding with a more upbeat roots-rock style and in the 'LP only' track "Mr. Rebound" he convincingly takes us "...into the arms of mystery" to great effect. Of course, one could gripe about song selection and the length (a double CD would've been nice) but all in all this is an enormously rewarding listen. If you're new to RT, pick up this and "Best of Richard & Linda Thompson" for a decent career overview. If you're already a fan, keep your eyes open for a copy of "The World Is a Wonderful Place", 1 of 2 tribute albums put out around 10 years ago. The title track (#13-not listed) is an AMAZING song performed by Richard & Linda. From a long career of gut wrenching, heart breaking songs, this one surely takes the cake, if you can believe it. Happy hunting and cheers!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Overview! Feb. 6 2003
Format:Audio CD
Being a slightly-more-than casual fan of RT's work, I could tell this had some choice material on it. Everything here from Rumour & Sigh is well chosen, and the incredibly beautiful
"Beeswing" from Mirror Blue is an absolute career highlight. What I didn't expect however, was to be so blown away by the songs from Mock Tudor!! "Bathsheba Smiles" and "Walking the Long Miles Home" find him suceeding with a more upbeat roots-rock style and in the 'LP only' track "Mr. Rebound" he convincingly takes us "...into the arms of mystery" to great effect. Of course, one could gripe about song selection and the length (a double CD would've been nice) but all in all this is an enormously rewarding listen. If you're new to RT, pick up this and "Best of Richard & Linda Thompson" for a full career overview. If you're already a fan, keep your eyes open for a copy of "The World Is a Wonderful Place", 1 of 2 "tribute" albums put out around 10 years ago. The title track (#13-not listed) is an AMAZING song performed by Richard & Linda. From a long career of gut wrenching, heart breaking songs, this one takes the cake, if you can believe it. Happy hunting and cheers!
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.. and it still shines !
When I got Action packed, I didn't know his solo work quite well .. And, funnily enough, my first thought when I listened to it was that, given the bleakness of his 70ties work with Linda, he'd grown up to be reasonnable cheerful (from a musical point of view, that is).
But this was, in fact, a very silly thought. There is much more to his music than just "joy" or "sadness". While I can find on Action Packed the same depth of emotion & nostalgia that had drawn me to Bright lights or Shoot out .. a little while ago, I now see his solo work as a kind of developpement in various directions, and a step towards a form of musical maturity.
The CD does have a good variety of tracks : great rock songs (Fully qualified to be your man) are mixed up with reflective, acoustic ballads (Waltzing for dreamers), and the result is great. He has his foot everywhere, from celtic music to oriental music .. and the lyrics are still as obsessive as ever. My very favourite is Persuasion, a gorgeous duo between RT and his son Teddy. It's weird to hear them sing together as they seem to have a very similar timbre. It might even be a bit confusing if you don't listen closely to the song (talking of the Thompson family, I've heard Linda Thompson say in a recent interview that people who are related sing well together : Persuasion proves her right).
My other favourite on the CD is Mr Rebound, a previously unreleased track that is worth the price of admission alone.
As to the choice of songs, people will always complain about the non inclusion of this or that, given it is a best of record with 19 tracks. But i've already said this is only my first introduction to his late 80ties and 90 ties solo work, so I won't join in this never ending debate.
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3.0 out of 5 stars If You Want This For The 3 Extra Tracks...
This is a great collection of songs by Richard Thompson, featuring his output from 1988-1999 (his capitol years). Read more
Published 10 months ago by JHP
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine as a bee's wing
Some reviewers may niggle over the selection, but this is a solid collection for anybody who wants an economical survey of this phenomenal musician. Read more
Published on May 3 2004 by Vaughan Otter
5.0 out of 5 stars PURE GENIUS
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... Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2003 by HANS D HARMS
4.0 out of 5 stars A great recent "Thompson" collection.
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2003 by H3@+h
5.0 out of 5 stars Action Packed
"Action Packed" chronicles Thompson's solo work from 1988 to 2000, and it's a brilliant collection of material that subtly confirms the exalted status Thompson has had as... Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2002 by Domer89
3.0 out of 5 stars Seems random...
I'm a huge Richard Thompson fan, I own all the albums and also the far better (out of print) collection, "Watching the Dark". Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2001 by Rob Damm
4.0 out of 5 stars Revelatory Remastering
While it's true that there are some odd choices on this collection (the other reviews have said it: some of my favorite Thompson tunes aren't here), as someone who has nearly all... Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2001 by Robert R. Veith
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the collection I'd have made.
Sure are a lot of good songs on this record. Not as many as on, say, Mirror Blue, but about average for a Richard Thompson record. So how did they choose them? Darts? Read more
Published on July 31 2001 by cartaufalous
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of, but not complete
The bad news is that the CD chronicles only his output of the last 12 years on Capital Records, and thus excludes everything from his years with Fairport Convention, and with Linda... Read more
Published on June 26 2001
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