Richard Thompson Band - Live In Providence

Richard Thompson Band - Live In Providence

Cast: Richard Thompson, Pete Zorn, Rory McFarlane, Earl Harvin

     
 

As the title suggests, this concert film from spinART features rock musician Richard Thompson playing with his band in front of an audience in Providence, RI. Among the 13 songs on the set list for Richard Thompson: Live in Providence are "Tear Stained Letter," "Al Bowlly's in Heaven," "Shoot Out the Lights," "1952 Vincent Black Lightnight," and "Jealous Words.See more details below

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As the title suggests, this concert film from spinART features rock musician Richard Thompson playing with his band in front of an audience in Providence, RI. Among the 13 songs on the set list for Richard Thompson: Live in Providence are "Tear Stained Letter," "Al Bowlly's in Heaven," "Shoot Out the Lights," "1952 Vincent Black Lightnight," and "Jealous Words."

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Barnes & Noble - Greg Fagan
No superlatives seem sufficient any longer for singer, songwriter, and guitar virtuoso Richard Thompson, who delivers in this DVD a club appearance recorded in July 2003 in Providence, Rhode Island. It's a brilliant night, like any other that fans will recall from prior Thompson tours, and it's been recorded with remarkable audio and video fidelity. Clocking in at around 90 minutes, the 13-song set launches with a ragged take on "Tear Stained Letter" from 1983's Hand of Kindness album, a showcase for multi-instrumentalist Pete Zorn. Thompson smiles at a sour-sounding note early on, then slips Batman and Beatles riffs into his rhythm line, while Zorn blows a wicked sax. You really get the sense that they're shaking themselves off musically. Because, from there on, it's a perfect show, mixing Thompson favorites and new material. The "new" tracks here are from Old Kit Bag, the acclaimed May 2003 release that preceded the tour, and he gets right into them in the set's second and third songs: "Gethsemane" and "Outside of the Inside." Next up is a decidedly voltage-enhanced performance of "Razor Dance" from the '96 release You? Me? Us?, and the wistful "Al Bowlly's in Heaven," originally released on "Daring Adventures" ('86). He dips back into Kit Bag for "One Door Opens" before settling into a stretch of Thompsonian darkness at its best: "Walking on a Wire" and the title track from 1983's Shoot Out the Lights, his final record with ex-wife Linda Thompson; followed by the always-scorching "Can't Win" from Amnesia ('88); and a the solo acoustic gem "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" from '91's Rumor and Sigh. Thompson then brings the band back for "Crawl Back (Under My Stone)" from Mock Tudor ('99) and the zippy "Man in Need" from Shoot Out the Lights, and closes the set strongly with one last Kit Bag offering, "Jealous Words," which joins the growing list of titles likely to be shrieked out desperately at Thompson shows. In addition to Zorn, the band includes bassist Rory McFarlane and drummer/percussionist Earl Harvin, who provide solid rhythm support. Fans of earlier Thompson rhythm sections will be pleased to find them represented in the DVD's bonus materials, which include cuts from a Video West Guitar Player session ('81) and the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test ('84); performance videos from "Across a Crowded Room" ('85); and even an '01 appearance on Austin City Limits that I'm right now kicking myself for having missed! Ah, well…it's a great DVD.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2004
UPC:
0711297016093
Rating:
NR
Source:
Cooking Vinyl
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:29:00

Special Features

Archive material 1981-2001: The Choice Wife, Just the Motion, Wall of Death (plus interview), When the Spell Is Broken, Did She Jump or Was She Pushed, Nearly in Love, Uninhabited Man, Persuasion

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
3. Tear Stained Letter [7:15]
4. Gethsemane [7:50]
5. Outside Of The Inside [9:15]
6. Razor Dance [4:00]
7. Al Bowlly's In Heaven [8:18]
8. One Door Opens [5:22]
9. Walking On A Wire [5:26]
10. Shoot Out The Lights [6:44]
11. Can't Win [9:25]
12. 1952 Vincent Black Lightning [5:30]
13. Crawl Back [9:05]
14. Man In Need [:32]
15. Jealous Words [3:45]

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