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Electric (Deluxe Edition) [Box set, Deluxe Edition]

Richard Thompson Audio CD
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Deluxe two CD edition includes a bonus disc containing seven additional tracks. 2013 album from the guitar and Folk music legend, produced by Buddy Miller. Thompson, named one of Rolling Stone Magazine's 20 Greatest Guitarists, brings a record full of gifted songwriting and virtuosic guitar playing. Electric was made at Buddy Miller s home studio in Nashville, TN. The record features Alison Krauss on the song 'The Snow Leopard.'

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2.0 out of 5 stars Thompson's decline! Feb. 17 2014
By Jimbo
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Have everything that he has done but have found the last couple of cd's disappointing. 3 or 4 nice songs but the bonus cd is a throwaway!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music - Depressing Lyrics June 5 2013
By Mark Anderson TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I haven't paid much attention to Richard Thompson's music for the last twenty years so I bought this album to check out his new material.

Great music, but really depressing lyrics. The first track is an upbeat rocker musically but the lyric is about an elderly man in lust with a younger woman. The woman isn't interested in his attention and old man ends up being beaten to a pulp and left bloodied and seriously injured on a sidewalk by two of the woman's young friends. Not exactly uplifting stuff.

Richard Thompson has clearly gone through a marriage breakup recently and much of the album is devoted to songs about his deteriorated relationship with his ex. Great music, but if you're inclined toward depression, this album is not going to help you see the bright side of life.

On the upside, Richard Thompson is a great guitar player and that really comes through on this album. He also has an interesting singing voice and, although the lyrics of most songs on this album aren't exactly upbeat, Thompson's voice and guitar make them worthwhile listening.

If you're thinking of buying this CD, get the 2CD bonus version. The second CD is worth having.

Bottom line: this is really good album musically. Thompson's guitar prowess and vocal skills are front and center. But the lyrics......well, let's just say that if you're looking for something upbeat and happy, most of this CD isn't going to give you that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RT - Electric March 27 2013
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RT is going through a 20+ year purple patch - and, if anything, is more accessible now than at the start of it. BUY IT!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Small Thing In His Favor Feb. 5 2013
By K. H. Orton - Published on Amazon.com
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If the ambitious Dream Attic was a bit over the top and unwieldy for some, Thompson's latest is more back to basics. Title says it all, and it's been a while since Thompson's done an album with so many upbeat rockers. Well, "up-bleak" might be more apropos if you take the lyrics into consideration.

Thompson's guitar playing is in stellar form and his fingers never wander, stray or distract from the songs. And what a healthy batch they are.

Kicking off with the violent and lustful Stony Ground, Salford Sunday is a surprising follow up. The catchiest bed sit moper I've heard in ages; as toe tapping as it's tortured. Another major standout is Good Things Happen to Bad people which raises the roof while giving Iago a run for his jealousy. Another highlight is the absolutely gut-wrenching Another Small Thing In Her Favor. Further proof Thompson is up there with Dylan, Waits, and Van Morrison in the songwriting department.

I'm willing to bet not every track will knock it out of the ball park for even the most devout. I'd be surprised to hear any calls for Treadmill or Where's Home during a live show. But brooding, slow burners like My Enemy and the eerily yearning Snow Goose are guaranteed to keep you coming back for more. Powerful stuff. Speaking of which, Saving The Good Stuff For You ends Electric on a darkly wry but bleakly heartbreaking note. In other words, vintage Thompson.

As for the bonus disc, while well aware of the marketing ploy here, go for the "deluxe" version here. As you might expect, it's a mix of filler and killer (pun intended). I Found A Stray, Tic-Tac Man and Auldie Riggs are indispensable and would have taken the original album from memorably good to great.

While I admit to being a seasoned devotee who has found something of value in nearly every Thompson album, no matter how imperfect, I'm by no means a blind, genuflecting fan. After repeated listens, I have the sneaking suspicion longtime subscribers will come back to this one, ranking it up there with Rumor & Sigh.
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3.0 out of 5 stars No new ground broken here, but a solid effort nonetheless Feb. 21 2013
By Deb in Western NC - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been a fan of Richard Thompson since the late 60s, and have followed him through his career, both via recording and live performances (which are always better than the recordings, IMHO). As a guitarist, Richard is in the top strata. His chops are amazing. As a songwriter, he's written many, many great songs. It's still too early for me to say whether any of them are on this CD. He recycles motifs and licks from earlier albums in many of the songs, but perhaps with a few more listens I'll change my mind. My first impression was that this is a good, not great album. That being said, a lot of professional reviewers, as well as a coterie of like-minded long-term fans like me, have given it higher marks than I have. Definitely worth a listen. I actually like some of the songs on the bonus disc better than the basic album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The latest fruit from Thompson's tree, with deep roots in English and Celtic folk music Feb. 13 2013
By Autonomeus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Richard Thompson's latest album is another solid work from the master craftsman. His body of music, the tree of Thompson, grows ever more impressive with time. RT is deeply rooted in English and Celtic music, that is one of the secrets of his creative longevity. Going back to Fairport Convention, his music has never been trendy or completely of its time. It is a never-ending stream of variations on old themes, including love, compassion, jealousy, lust, stupidity, vanity, greed, exploitation, and violence, and draws on the rich vein of song forms as well.

ELECTRIC, produced by Buddy Miller, is an excellent *album.* That is one of the levels of Thompson's craft -- he is a master singer, songwriter, and guitarist, and he also knows how to construct an album, a craft that may be dying with the rise of MP3s but one that will continue to be valued by those of us who grew up in the glory days of Albums. Every song does not have to be equally powerful on a well-constructed album, but every song has to contribute something to the overall mood and flow. That is certainly the case with ELECTRIC. While there is not a song here that I am inclined to play over and over like "I'll Never Give It Up" from Sweet Warrior (2007) or "Haul Me Up," "Demons In Her Dancing Shoes," "Big Sun Falling In the River" and "Sidney Wells" from Dream Attic (2010), there is not a single song I am inclined to skip.

ELECTRIC opens with the rough-and-ready Celtic stomp of "Stony Ground," a cautionary tale about Old Man Morris whose lust lands him in the gutter "dripping with blood." The scenario is actually somewhat similar to the story in the video of Bob Dylan's song "Duquesne Whistle" from Tempest (2012). "Salford Sunday" is a very tuneful song of regret, though the scenario is not clear ("Sunday papers talking of indiscretion"). "Sally B" is a love song from a "working man" addressed to a politician who's "got the style touches the people" and who "talks so down-homey, like you know me." Substitute "Sarah P" and this song becomes a hilarious topical character sketch. "Stuck On the Treadmill" is a catchy, toe-tapping Celtic rock number about the life of the assembly line worker. "Me and the robot working away, he looks at me as if to say 'I'll be doing your job someday.'"

"My Enemy" is one of the strongest songs on the album. Siobhan Maher Kennedy's vocals on this song (she sings harmony vocals on five songs) sound amazingly like Kate Bush. The chorus is "How I need My Enemy," a powerful message about hate and compassion. "Good Things Happen to Bad People" is perhaps the album's strongest contender for hit single if we still lived in a world where that was applicable. It sounds to me like a Dwight Yoakam song produced by Pete Anderson, with a Bakersfield sound via Sixties retro rock. In fact it sounds like it could be a Roy Orbison song. It features a classic unreliable Thompson protagonist. He is full of jealousy because his wife is smiling and happy and he suspects the worst. But if she's not ordinarily happy and smiling what does that tell us? "Where's Home?" features acoustic guitar strumming and fiddle, a slightly country feel, and a pleasant melody.

"Another Small Thing In Her Favour" is one of the album's most powerful songs. The lyric is brilliantly sad and Thompson's vocal is incredible. "Straight And Narrow" is a Sixties retro rock up-tempo number with Farfisa organ that makes me think of a Baptist Nancy Sinatra and her boots. "The Snow Goose," with Allison Krause on harmony, features acoustic guitar and a glimpse into the anguished mind of a man who can't resolve to approach the woman who is the object of his desire. "Saving the Good Stuff For You," the most country sounding song here, at first glance seems to be a song of redemption for one of Thompson's rogues, but careful attention to the lyrics casts doubt on that optimistic reading by the end of the song...

The bonus disc is definitely worth hearing, mainly for the songs previously available on obscure Thompson records. Of the four from these Buddy Miller ELECTRIC sessions I am most impressed by "The Rival." The lyric trails off though, and while "Will You Dance, Charlie Boy?" and "The Tic-Tac Man" are musically engaging, it seems to me that all four are lyrically weaker than the songs included in the (proper? main?) album. The stand-out tracks, though, are "Auldie Riggs/Auldie Riggs Dance" and "So Ben Mi Ch'a Bon Tempo." The first, the tale of a drunken sailor and serial killer, was recorded with the Idylwild Arts Academy Orchestra from California and was previously available on the album CABARET OF SOULS available only through Thompson's own record label and website. The strings sound great, though it makes you wonder about the presumably young musicians and their parents given the lyric... The last is from the album 1000 YEARS OF POPULAR MUSIC, and makes you want to get up and dance around the room.

Thompson retains drummer Michael Jerome and bassist Taras Prodaniuk from the DREAM ATTIC band, but Stuart Duncan replaces Joel Zifkin on fiddle. Dennis Crouch also plays bass, and Buddy Miller plays guitar. Thompson is credited with guitar, vocals, accordion, keyboard, mandolin, and hurdy-gurdy, and of course he sounds fantastic on electric and acoustic guitar throughout.

One thing I can't understand about the album is the title. ELECTRIC is not more electric than the last two Thompson albums, SWEET WARRIOR and DREAM ATTIC. The title actually seems more appropriate for DREAM ATTIC, which was recorded live on tour with the electric band. It seems like a failure of creativity. But nevermind, it's a solid new album from Richard Thompson, so check it out!

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thompson returns with a truly electrifying performance on his latest release (review for 2 CD version) Feb. 5 2013
By Wayne Klein - Published on Amazon.com
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Richard Thompson continues his roll and issues another strong album. "Electric" describes the "mood" of the album--charged with energy--although there is plenty of both electric and acoustic guitar on the album.

As with his previous string of albums "Electric" features top notch songwriting and the recording environment of country/Americana musician Buddy Miller's home studio adds an intimate quality to even the most "electric" of the songs. Miller's spare production compliments the instrumentation and songs.

There are two versrions of this album--the double disc edition of the album is well worth picking up featuring seven additional tracks.

1 Will You Dance, Charlie Boy 5:01
2 I Found a Stray 5:04
3 The Rival 3:44
4 The Tic-Tac Man 3:47
5 Auldie Riggs
feat. Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra 3:20
6 Auldie Riggs Dance
feat. Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra 1:21
7 So Ben Mi Ch'a Bon Tempo 2:50

The last three tracks are from two of Thompson's lesser known albums "Cabaret of Souls" (available from Thompson's website and on his own label Beeswing)and 1000 Years Of Popular Music and are nice ways to fill out the disc (although I probably would have preferred some demos for the album myself).

My only issue is that I do wish that the mastering was a bit better for this set on CD. I haven't heard the vinyl so can't compare how the mastering is for that set but it is a bit louder and compressed than I like it.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let there be (Pastoral) Rock Feb. 17 2013
By Jimi jac - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For the last three albums, Thompson has been treading water a little, there not bad records, but he didn't see to be pushing himself creatively.
Whereas with the release of "Electric" Thompson seems to had got the fire back in his belly. Maybe it's because the albums recorded on 16-track, giving a real live, straw on the floor, raw feel to the music (similar to the records he was producing in the 1970's with Ms Linda Thompson).
I do like it when Thompson records an electric album (although there are several acoustic track (something for the folkies!)). I think Thompson is a criminally underrated guitarist, but gets to show off his unique & original style on this album, & being a rock music fan I can't get enough of it.
Also about half of the album has female backing vocals, which certainly add an extra dimension to songs, perhaps harking back to the seventies.
So, the strongest Richard Thompson since his purple patch in the 1990's with albums like "Rumour & Sigh" & "Mirror Blue".
The extra CD contains four new tracks, all acoustic, good but probably not song enough to replace anything on album. There's also "Auldie Riggs/Auldie Riggs Dance", which is taken from his hard to get live album "Cabaret of Souls".
So all that left is that Fairport reunion album to put the preverbal cherry on top of cake.
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