Live from Austin TX

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Since Richard Thompson has a reputation as the ultimate "musician's musician," it's fitting that he'd be at his best in the ultimate musician's town -- and this recording, culled from the folk-rock stalwart's recent appearance on Austin City Limits, bears that out. It's an intriguing collection, since it offers up stellar versions of some Thompson concert staples -- including a harrowing version of what's arguably his best-known composition, "Shoot Out the Lights" -- but spends just as much time on relative obscurities. Some of the disc's best moments bubble up during these lesser-known gems, from the evilly twisted kiddie-tale wordplay of "Uninhabited Man" to the ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Since Richard Thompson has a reputation as the ultimate "musician's musician," it's fitting that he'd be at his best in the ultimate musician's town -- and this recording, culled from the folk-rock stalwart's recent appearance on Austin City Limits, bears that out. It's an intriguing collection, since it offers up stellar versions of some Thompson concert staples -- including a harrowing version of what's arguably his best-known composition, "Shoot Out the Lights" -- but spends just as much time on relative obscurities. Some of the disc's best moments bubble up during these lesser-known gems, from the evilly twisted kiddie-tale wordplay of "Uninhabited Man" to the melodic eloquence of "Bathsheba Smiles." Thompson's always-witty between-song banter gets short shrift here, which is too bad, since it usually provides important leavening in his heavy-on-the-heaviness lyrical recipes. But with full focus on the songs, it's possible to pay full attention to both his guitar work -- the disc is split between acoustic and electric segments, the latter highlighted by the icy "She Twists the Knife Again" -- and his timeless storytelling.
All Music Guide - Mark Deming
There are few more reliable live performers than Richard Thompson, who never fails to impress on-stage in any context, and in recent years Thompson has been issuing a steady stream of live recordings available through his website and at live shows, finally filling a void that bootleggers had been attempting to satisfy for some time. Live from Austin, TX is a slightly different animal than most of Thompson's self-released live offerings -- while many of Thompson's live offerings were culled from several dates from the same tour, this is a direct audio recording of the set he played at a taping for the great PBS music series Austin City Limits on July 2, 2001. It's also available through normal retail outlets, which means more people will be able to get hold of it, though in some ways it isn't quite as strong as Semi-Detached Mock Tudor, Thompson's 2002 release which includes much of the same material and a stronger, more dynamic sound mix. Still, there are those who will argue you can't have too many recordings of Thompson singing his songs or offering up his dazzling guitar work, and it's difficult not to agree after giving Live from Austin, TX a spin -- his interplay with bassist Danny Thompson and drummer Michael Jerome is remarkable, his wiry guitar playing is largely sublime though the version of "Bathsheba Smiles" features that modern rarity, Thompson actually flubbing a phrase!, and the set list strikes a lovely balance between material from Mock Tudor and gems from his back catalog. In short, this disc features Richard Thompson playing 15 excellent songs in concert, and really, how far wrong can you go with that?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2005
  • Label: New West Records
  • UPC: 607396607426
  • Catalog Number: 6074
  • Sales rank: 106,107

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richard Thompson Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Danny Thompson Upright Bass
Michael Jerome Drums
Danny Thompson Upright Bass
Technical Credits
Tim Finn Composer
Richard Thompson Composer
David Hough Engineer
Jerry Tubb Mastering
Terry Lickona Liner Notes
Gary Briggs Producer, Audio Production
Cameron Strang Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Sharon Cullen Engineer
Jay Woods Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Diabolical Recording.

    How in the world did this ever get put out ? The sound is just too painful to listen to on any kind of a decent stereo system. The screetchy highs just drive you away. It's a great shame because Richard Thompson is a guitarist that other better know "stars" could only hope to be in their dreams. The song selection is good (not at all obscure per David Sprague's comment) and Danny Thompson is always rock solid on the stand up version. The chat between songs was probably edited out. The digital recording process has destroyed what was no doubt a fine performance. In analogue this could have been just beautiful and the tape hiss would have been well worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Live Thompson Treat

    Richard Thompson’s second commercial live album is a big improvement over Small Town Romance, recorded over 20 years ago. He has developed his singing and his acoustic guitar playing and the sound is much better. Danny Thompson and Michael Jerome provide expert support. The electric numbers only make up about a third of the CD. RT plays solo on the finale, a fine version of the great Vincent Black Lightning 1952.

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