Beat the Retreat: Songs by Richard Thompson

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All Music Guide - Daniel Gioffre
Richard Thompson is surely one of the greatest songwriters and artists never to achieve any measure of commercial fame. However, his high reputation among musicians is unchallenged, and Beat the Retreat is a fine collection of covers of some of Thompson's greatest songs. There are two kinds of successes on this record. The first kind is when artists completely re-envision Thompson's original compositions. Good demonstrations of this are such tracks as Bob Mould's take on "Turning of the Tide," which puts a punk spin on Thompson's paean to a seaside prostitute. In a similar manner, the Dinosaur Jr. version of "I Misunderstood" transfers the angst of the original into a ...
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All Music Guide - Daniel Gioffre
Richard Thompson is surely one of the greatest songwriters and artists never to achieve any measure of commercial fame. However, his high reputation among musicians is unchallenged, and Beat the Retreat is a fine collection of covers of some of Thompson's greatest songs. There are two kinds of successes on this record. The first kind is when artists completely re-envision Thompson's original compositions. Good demonstrations of this are such tracks as Bob Mould's take on "Turning of the Tide," which puts a punk spin on Thompson's paean to a seaside prostitute. In a similar manner, the Dinosaur Jr. version of "I Misunderstood" transfers the angst of the original into a Generation X cry of despair. The second kind of success on Beat the Retreat are straight-up covers that are just excellently and passionately performed. The Maddy Prior/Martin Carthy readings of "Farewell, Farewell" and "The Great Valerio" are simply chilling in their intensity. Likewise, Bonnie Raitt's gritty voice adds an appealing bluesiness to "When the Spell Is Broken." The Shawn Colvin/Loudon Wainwright III cover of "A Heart Needs a Home," though lacking the subtlety of Thompson's version, has a sweetness and a purity that is truly revelatory. There are moments on this record that don't work, like X's cover of "Shoot out the Lights" or David Byrne's "Just the Motion," but June Tabor's lovely a cappella "Genesis Hall" or Los Lobos' insightful "Down Where the Drunkards Roll" make this record worth its purchase price for all who have been seduced by Thompson's genius.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/14/2006
  • Label: Emi Import
  • UPC: 094636747125
  • Catalog Number: 3674712

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shoot out the Lights - X (4:46)
  2. 2 Wall of Death - R.E.M. (3:09)
  3. 3 When the Spell Is Broken - Bonnie Raitt (5:18)
  4. 4 Turning of the Tide - Bob Mould (3:08)
  5. 5 For Shame of Doing Wrong - Evan Dando (5:03)
  6. 6 Down Where the Drunkards Roll (3:39)
  7. 7 Beat the Retreat - June Tabor (6:11)
  8. 8 Genesis Hall - June Tabor (2:18)
  9. 9 I Misunderstood - Dinosaur Jr. (3:48)
  10. 10 The Madness of Love - Graham Parker (4:55)
  11. 11 Just the Motion - David Byrne (3:22)
  12. 12 Valerie - Beausoleil (3:31)
  13. 13 A Heart Needs a Home - Shawn Colvin (3:35)
  14. 14 Dimming of the Day - Blind Boys of Alabama (3:34)
  15. 15 Farewell, Farewell - Maddy Prior (3:20)
  16. 16 The Great Valerio - Maddy Prior (7:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Beausoleil Track Performer
Michael Doucet Violin, Vocals
Martin Carthy Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Maddy Prior Vocals, Track Performer
June Tabor Vocals, Track Performer
Loudon Wainwright III Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Clarence Fountain Vocals
David Byrne Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Exene Cervenka Vocals
Shawn Colvin Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Dinosaur Jr. Track Performer
John Doe Electric Bass, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
David Lindley Slide Guitar
Bob Mould Electric Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Graham Parker Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Bonnie Raitt Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar, Track Performer
Syd Straw Vocals, Track Performer
X Track Performer
John Jorgenson Electric Guitar
James Burton Electric Guitar
Jimmy Breaux Accordion
Tommy Alesi Drums
Alan Bezozi Drums
Victor Bisetti Percussion, Drums
Peter Buck Guitar
Gary Burke Drums, Background Vocals
Bobby Butler Vocals
Jimmy Carter Vocals
Tommy Comeaux Electric Bass
Evan Dando Vocals, Track Performer
David Doucet Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Ricky Fataar Drums
Blind Boys of Alabama Vocals, Track Performer
Curtis Foster Vocals
Mitchell Froom Keyboards
Tony Gilkyson Electric Guitar
David Hidalgo Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Accordion, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar
Jamie Hoover Electric Guitar
James "Hutch" Hutchinson Electric Bass
John Keane Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar
Robert Lloyd Hammond Organ
Los Lobos Track Performer
Conrad Lozano Electric Bass
Graham Maby Electric Bass, Background Vocals
J Mascis Drums, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Duke McVinnie Electric Bass
Mike Mills Piano, Electric Bass, Vocal Harmony
Bill Payne Hammond Organ
R.E.M. Track Performer
Cesar Rosas Electric Guitar
Jerry Scheff Bass
George Scott Vocals
Michael Stipe Vocals
Fred Tackett Electric Guitar
Mike Watt Electric Bass
Danny Thompson Double Bass
Bill Berry Drums
D.J. Bonebrake Drums
Louie Pérez Percussion, Drums
Billy Ware Percussion
Joel Diamond Hammond Organ
Technical Credits
David Byrne Producer
Bonnie Raitt Producer
Tchad Blake Engineer
John Chelew Producer
Mitchell Froom Producer
John Keane Producer, Engineer
J Mascis Producer
Rik Pekkonen Engineer
R.E.M. Producer
Tommy Steele Art Direction
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