Live At Celtic Connection (Blu-ray)
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Filmed in January 2011 at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow as part of the annual Celtic Connections festival, this superb performance by The Richard Thompson Band marks their first live concert Blu-Ray release for five years. The first half of the show focuses on Thompson's latest Dream Attic album with the second half given over to songs reaching back as far as his first solo album Henry The Human Fly and up to recent releases such as Sweet Warrior and The Old Kit Bag . Thompson's distinctive voice and unmistakable guitar style are well to the fore and his band are as good as it gets. This will be a must have purchase for any Richard Thompson fan. / Bonus Features: Two tracks filmed at the 2011 Cambridge Folk Festival: 1) Uninhabited Man 2) Johnny s Far Away / Line-up: Richard Thompson (guitar, vocals); Michael Jerome (drums); Taras Prodaniuk (bass); Joel Zifkin (violin, mandolin); Pete Zorn (guitars, flute, saxophone, mandolin) / TRACK LISTING: 1) The Money Shuffle 2) Among The Gorse, Among The Grey 3) Haul Me Up 4) Burning Man 5) Here Comes Geordie 6) Demons In Her Dancing Shoes 7) Big Sun Falling In The River 8) Stumble On 9) Sidney Wells 10) A Brother Slips Away 11) If Love Whispers Your Name 12) The Angels Took My Racehorse Away 13) Can t Win 14) One Door Opens 15) Al Bowlly s In Heaven 16) I ll Never Give It Up 17) Wall Of Death 18) Tear Stained Letter 19) Take Care The Road You Choose 20) A Man In Need
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I think most of Thompson's between-song banter with the audience could have been edited out with no great loss, but if that's the weak part of this concert, the DVD makes up for it by adding two of his solo acoustic performances in another venue. In all, we have here about two and a half hours of Richard Thompson's signature sound -- and it's even more of a great buy considering that it costs less than the Dream Attic CD!
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This show from January 25th, 2011, recorded in Scotland after almost a year of steady touring that began in February 2010 (recorded as the album Dream Attic), consisting of two parts, new songs (played here in the same order as the album) and a selection of old favorites, is pretty much the same as what I heard at the start of the tour in Seattle, except that 2 songs from that earlier recording are missing ("Crimescene" and "Bad Again"). Although I can't remember the exact set list from the excellent, more stretched out second half, it sounds similar. The band is the same (really good, with Taras Prodaniuk on bass, and Joe Zifkin on violin and mandolin, joining RT's old reliable multi-instrumentalist Pete Zorn and drummer Michael Jerome), and the songs are clearly well known by this point, so what we get to hear probably makes RT really happy. It makes the fans happy too.
For any Richard Thompson fan this is a must have DVD (since the killer second set isn't part of Dream Attic, and their performance of "Can't Win" is worth the price of admission alone). Film (high def, sharp and clear) and sound quality is top notch, and the performance seems to be a special one as well. I admit, seeing them here on DVD is even better than it was live.
As a bonus we get two solo acoustic performances, one of my favorites - "Uninhabited Man", and the other the appropriately Celtic, "Johnny's Far Away", to a large enthusiastic crowd at the Cambridge Folk Festival - 1/19/11. Great stuff.
Mr. Thompson is still at the top of his game here, with some terrific new material (although probably going on 2 years old by now) and a great backing band. His skill and sensitivity on guitar are second to none, and his songwriting skills are also top notch-- a rare combination!
His backing band is also terrific and is allowed significant time during the show to show off their skills as well.
Overall, if you're a RT fan, this video will not disappoint! My only (minor) complaint is if I were the video editor, I would have lingered more on Richard and the other performers more during their solos, rather than feel the need to cut away to a different "shot" every 10 - 15 seconds or so. If someone (especially RT) is doing a killer solo, stay with that for a while until it wraps up, then cut to another shot! Perhaps a minor complaint, but if Richard is soloing, I want to watch him, NOT the drummer for Pete's sake!
Overall, a five star performance and a 4 star video disc.