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Action Packed: Best of (Vinyl) [Import]

Richard Thompson LP Record
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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

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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!

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3.0 out of 5 stars If You Want This For The 3 Extra Tracks... Dec 12 2013
By JHP TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine as a bee's wing May 3 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars PURE GENIUS 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A great recent "Thompson" collection. Oct. 8 2003
By H3@+h
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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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!
Being a slightly-more-than casual fan of RT's work, I could tell this had some choice material on it. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2003 by G. Preston
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Overview!
Being a slightly-more-than casual fan of RT's work, I could tell this had some choice material on it. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2003 by G. Preston
5.0 out of 5 stars Hasn't left my CD player for quite a while now ...
.. 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
Published on Jan. 21 2003
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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