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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 24 customer reviews
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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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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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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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.. 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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Two of my favorite artists are Bruce Cockburn and Richard Thompson. They are both gifted guitarists and songwriters who have been producing superb music for the past thirty years and neither one of them could get arrested if they marched naked in Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade! Unfortunately, both artists--now in their fifties--are probably doomed to the artistic purgatory of being critis' darlings and cult favorites. And that's a shame.
Thompson's Action Packed: The Best of the Capitol Years (which follows in the footsteps of last year's well assembled The Best of Richard & Linda Thompson: The Island Years) samples all five of his Capitol albums from 1988's Amnesia through 1999's excellent Mock Tudor.
I bought this CD for two reasons. One, I already own everything Thompson has ever released, including his live recordings only available through the Richard Thompson newsletter Flypaper. But most of my purchases prior to 1996 were either vinyl or cassette. It's nice to have these recordings on CD. Two, you get one new track, "Persuasion," which features his son Teddy on guitar and shares lead vocals. [Based on this song alone, I'd like to see them do an entire album together.] In addition, you get two tracks, "Mr. Rebound" and "Fully Qualified To Be Your Man," which were both previously available only on the vinyl release of Mock Tudor. And with concert favorites like "Turning of the Tide," "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" and "Beeswing," you get a generous 19-track sampling of Thompson's music of the past thirteen years. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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