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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!
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.
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 morePublished on May 3 2004 by Vaughan Otter
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 morePublished on Nov. 2 2003 by HANS D HARMS
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 morePublished on Oct. 7 2003 by H3@+h
.. 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... Read more
"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 morePublished on Jan. 6 2002 by Domer89
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 morePublished on Nov. 3 2001 by Rob Damm
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 morePublished on Oct. 15 2001 by Robert R. Veith
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 morePublished on July 31 2001 by cartaufalous