Electric [Bonus Disc]

Electric [Bonus Disc]

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by Richard Thompson
     
 

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The title is artless and blunt but it gets the job done: it makes it clear that after a decade or so of concentrating on his acoustic guitar, Richard Thompson has returned to his electric. Not that Electric is entirely recorded on a Stratocaster -- he plucks away at an acoustic for "The Snow Goose" and there are other songs where the Strat is tucked away in itsSee more details below

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The title is artless and blunt but it gets the job done: it makes it clear that after a decade or so of concentrating on his acoustic guitar, Richard Thompson has returned to his electric. Not that Electric is entirely recorded on a Stratocaster -- he plucks away at an acoustic for "The Snow Goose" and there are other songs where the Strat is tucked away in its case -- but Electric crackles with an amplified energy, even when the instrumentation is decidedly quieter. Much of this is due to Thompson's decision to record the album at Buddy Miller's intimate home studio in Nashville, as Miller favors a speedy solution to recording, favoring vibe over perfection. As such, there's atmosphere and air to spare on Electric -- it's music that breathes, never feeling suffocated -- and there's plenty of room for Thompson to spin out spiraling guitar leads, but the focus isn't on his peerless playing or even his sharply crafted songwriting, which is once again finely observed and richly detailed. No, the distinguishing character of Electric is its feel, how Miller creates a wide-open space for Thompson, a vista that showcases his crackling musicianship and sharp songs. And Thompson has yet another strong set of songs here, highlighted by the big-footed stomp of "Stony Ground," the lacerating wit of "Sally B," the sardonic resignation of "Good Things Happen to Bad People," and the gentle lilt on "Salford Sunday." As good as the songs are, the distinguishing characteristic of Electric is its atmosphere, how the music jumps and breathes, how Miller has given Thompson his liveliest album in years and, on just sheer sonic terms, his best in a while, too. [One version added a bonus disc.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/2013
Label:
New West Records
UPC:
0607396627325
catalogNumber:
6273
Rank:
62441

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Stony Ground  - Richard Thompson
  2. Salford Sunday  - Richard Thompson
  3. Sally B  - Richard Thompson
  4. Stuck on the Treadmill  - Richard Thompson
  5. My Enemy  - Richard Thompson
  6. Good Things Happen to Bad People  - Richard Thompson
  7. Where's Home?  - Richard Thompson
  8. Another Small Thing In Her Favour  - Richard Thompson
  9. Straight and Narrow  - Richard Thompson
  10. The Snow Goose  - Richard Thompson
  11. Saving the Good Stuff for You  - Richard Thompson

Disc 2

  1. Will You Dance, Charlie Boy  - Richard Thompson
  2. I Found a Stray  - Richard Thompson
  3. The Rival  - Richard Thompson
  4. The Tic-Tac Man  - Richard Thompson
  5. Auldie Riggs  -  Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra
  6. Auldie Riggs Dance  -  Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra
  7. So Ben Mi Ch'a Bon Tempo  - Richard Thompson

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard Thompson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Mandolin,Accordion,Keyboards,Vocals,Hurdy-Gurdy
Alison Krauss   Vocal Harmony
Dennis Crouch   Bass
Debra Dobkin   Percussion
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Michael Jerome   Percussion,Drums,Vocal Harmony
Buddy Miller   Guitar
David Piltch   Double Bass
Taras Prodaniuk   Bass,Mandocello,Vocal Harmony
Pete Zorn   Flute
Judith Owen   Vocals
Peter Askim   Conductor
Siobhan Maher-Kennedy   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Richard Thompson   Arranger,Composer
Buddy Miller   Producer
Mike Poole   Engineer
Orazio Vecchi   Composer
Ilana Pelzig Cellum   Engineer
Paul Moore   Art Direction
Ray Kennedy   Mastering
Ed Haber   Engineer
Matthew Neth   Engineer

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