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September 18, 2007

DarkoV Recommends Some Richard Thompson

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Back here I linked to a Richard Thompson performance that I'm fond of. DarkoV -- who knows Richard Thompson's work a lot better than I do (and who blogs here) -- left a recommendation-rich comment on the posting that I can't resist highlighting. Here it is:

Mr. Thompson's been a favorite of mine since the early days of Fairport Convention and he only improved once he went on his own with his then wife, Linda. But, though an avid fan for a long, long time I am not a fan of "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" and as an apostle of Mr. Thompson, I never recommend this song. First couple of times? Great. But after that? Grating. I'd recommend I Misunderstood, Wall of Death, the humor of Tear Stained Letter, or the utterly gut-wrenching Dimming of the Day that he performs here with his ex-wife.

But, any plug for any song by Mr. Thompson is a good thing, so thanks very much, Michael, for pushing his cause. He's not only an extraordinary composer and guitar-player; he's an engaging and considerate person when you meet him. So much talent, so little guile. It's a rare combination these days.

I'm hoping Whisky Prajer is persuaded by the strength of Mr. Thompson's latest release Sweet Warrior to be completely drawn into the music and words of Richard Thompson.

Thanks to the ever-enlightening, resourceful, and entertaining DarkoV, and good listening to all.

Best,

Michael


posted by Michael at September 18, 2007




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Well, "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" turned my wife and her sister - independently - into Richard Thompson fans.

Posted by: Intellectual Pariah on September 18, 2007 1:08 PM



Wow! Thanks very much for the re-print of the comment, Michael. And, great thing this, another plug for Mr. Thompson. I've only met him a couple of times after shows that he's done in smaller places. He's a very approachable person, eager to talk about the music, but not about himself. And he has charm & charisma by the bushel load, a fact not lost on the many women who gather around when he's singing or talking. He's in his late 50's and yet is still beguiling with his 20-ish smile and rapier wit.

Mr. IP: I never (hopefully) implied that 1952 Vincent Black Lightning was a bad song. It's excellent, in fact, as evidenced by its drawing power for your sister and your wife. I'm simply burnt out from listening to it and Mr. Thompson has so many, many other fabulous songs to listen to that I prefer not to re-visit this one. Great to hear that there are 2 more RT fans!

Posted by: DarkoV on September 18, 2007 2:23 PM



My favorite is "No More Gypsy Lovesongs." And taking the way-back machine to my Sufi wanna-be days, I can still dig "Streets of Paradise."

Thompson's snarly, tangled, Mobius-strippy lead guitar is mesmerizing.

Posted by: Tim B. on September 18, 2007 6:31 PM



I never inferred it!

Posted by: Intellectual Pariah on September 18, 2007 7:44 PM



Richard Thompson is a striking (not flashy, kind of unorthodox) electric guitarist and sometimes brilliant songwriter. I think he was at his best when partnered by Linda; she seems to have provided a counterpoint to his tendency toward uber-cynicism ("I feel so good I'm gonna break somebody's heart tonight").

Their albums I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight and Pour Down Like Silver are both worth building shrines to — better, in my opinion, than their one popular and critically acclaimed album Shoot Out the Lights. Check out Linda singing "A Heart Needs a Home" (on Bright Lights if I recall). Unfailingly moving.

Richard hasn't exactly fallen flat since he and Linda went their ways, but his naughty-little-boy tendency often gets the best of him.

Posted by: Rick Darby on September 21, 2007 11:05 AM






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