The Old Kit Bag [DualDisc]

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Richard Thompson is the sort of artist destined to be a cherished cult item rather than a bona fide star, which at the dawn of the 21th century puts him in an uncomfortable place in the music industry -- being able to reliably sell 100,000 copies of an album makes you too small for a major label, no matter how long they've kept you on the roster. In 2000, after a dozen years with Capitol Records, Thompson's contract was not renewed, and 2003's The Old Kit Bag found him recording for an independent for the first time since 1985. Creatively, this actually turns out to be a good thing; after the periodically excessive and self-conscious production Mitchell Froom imposed on ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Richard Thompson is the sort of artist destined to be a cherished cult item rather than a bona fide star, which at the dawn of the 21th century puts him in an uncomfortable place in the music industry -- being able to reliably sell 100,000 copies of an album makes you too small for a major label, no matter how long they've kept you on the roster. In 2000, after a dozen years with Capitol Records, Thompson's contract was not renewed, and 2003's The Old Kit Bag found him recording for an independent for the first time since 1985. Creatively, this actually turns out to be a good thing; after the periodically excessive and self-conscious production Mitchell Froom imposed on nearly all of Thompson's releases for Capitol, 1999's Mock Tudor produced by Tom Rothrock and Rob Schnapf found Thompson going for a leaner and more live sound, and with John Chelew at the controls, Thompson follows suit on The Old Kit Bag. Cut in a straightforward and stripped-down manner, with just bassist Danny Thompson, drummer Michael Jerome, and harmony vocalist Judith Owen along for company, The Old Kit Bag captures Thompson in spare but sympathetic circumstances; the performances are strong and confident, without a note or gesture wasted, and Thompson's interplay with his rhythm section is nothing short of superb. While Thompson eases back on the "wow, listen to that!" guitar solos on The Old Kit Bag, his playing is fluid and superbly tasteful throughout, and his subtle overdubs show he's as good an accompanist as a bandleader. And Thompson's songwriting chops are, as always, in superb shape; "A Love You Can't Survive" and "I'll Tag Along" are further meditations on Thompson's favorite theme, love and life gone wrong, and "Outside of the Inside" which Thompson introduced on tour as "a song about how the Taliban sees the West" is a chilling look inside a man blinded by his culture and his faith and a bit of a surprise coming from a devout Muslim. The Old Kit Bag is Richard Thompson's simplest and most unadorned album since Shoot out the Lights, and while it isn't an immediate masterpiece like that album, it confirms that this man's work is best presented at its simplest, and the result is a modest triumph. [In 2005, The Old Kit Bag was reissued in a DualDisc edition, with the album presented in conventional CD format on one side and as a DVD on the flip. The DVD side includes the album remixed in Dolby Digital 5.1 as well as Dolby Digital 2.0, and features a basic photographic display when played back using a video monitor. Also included is a lyric display, a short press biography of Thompson focusing on The Old Kit Bag, and two live performance clips, both of which also appear on Thompson's Live in Providence DVD release. Oddly, the bonus goodies do not include the excerpt from the BBC documentary Richard Thompson: A Solitary Life that appeared on the limited-edition CD release of The Old Kit Bag. Audiophiles will be interested in the higher fidelity of the DVD remastering of the album, but the bonus materials won't be of much news to loyal fans.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Silverline
  • UPC: 676628440025
  • Catalog Number: 284400

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gethsemane (6:03)
  2. 2 Jealous Words (4:17)
  3. 3 I'll Tag Along (3:40)
  4. 4 A Love You Can't Survive (5:27)
  5. 5 One Door Opens (4:19)
  6. 6 First Breath (7:16)
  7. 7 She Said It Was Destiny (4:23)
  8. 8 I've Got No Right to Have It All (4:12)
  9. 9 Pearly Jim (4:18)
  10. 10 Word Unspoken, Sight Unseen (4:25)
  11. 11 Outside of the Inside (6:24)
  12. 12 Happy Days and Auld Lang Syne (3:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Gethsemane
  2. 2 Jealous Words
  3. 3 I'll Tag Along
  4. 4 A Love You Can't Survive
  5. 5 One Door Opens
  6. 6 First Breath
  7. 7 She Said It Was Destiny
  8. 8 I've Got No Right to Have It All
  9. 9 Pearly Jim
  10. 10 Word Unspoken, Sight Unseen
  11. 11 Outside of the Inside
  12. 12 Happy Days and Auld Lang Syne
  13. 13 Bonus Material
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richard Thompson Primary Artist
Michael Jerome Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Richard Thompson Composer
John Chelew Producer
Tom Dube Engineer
Jimmy Hoyson Engineer
Chris Haynes Engineer
John Trickett Executive Producer
Nancy Nimoy Illustrations
Bob Michaels Executive Producer
Doug Martin Camera Operator
Adrian Van Velsen Mastering
Jeff Dean Executive Producer
Orrin Anderson Video Editor
Jannelle Guillot Contributor
A.J. Lara Video Editor
Ignacio Monge Authoring
Jason Desmond Digital Editing
Kevin Coons Authoring
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