World Is a Wonderful Place: The Songs of Richard Thompson

World Is a Wonderful Place: The Songs of Richard Thompson

     
 

What with its chamber-orchestra version of "The Knife Edge" and Ron Kavana's talking-blues rendition of "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight," this Richard Thompson tribute album is certainly quirkier than its direct competition (Beat the Retreat, released on Capitol in 1994). It will appeal more…  See more details below

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What with its chamber-orchestra version of "The Knife Edge" and Ron Kavana's talking-blues rendition of "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight," this Richard Thompson tribute album is certainly quirkier than its direct competition (Beat the Retreat, released on Capitol in 1994). It will appeal more to purists, partly because Bonnie Raitt and David Byrne are nowhere to be found and partly because Martin & Jessica Simpson do a far better job of "Down Where the Drunkards Roll" than Los Lobos ever could. The House Band makes "Pharaoh" their own, and Plainsong delivers a stunning a cappella version of the simultaneously heartbreaking and hilarious "Galway to Graceland" ("She was down by his graveside day after day/And come closing time they would pull her away"). The album's title song is a hidden track (number 13) that features a previously-unreleased, but unfortunately mediocre, Richard & Linda Thompson performance. Ultimately, though, Beat the Retreat wins, because it has two performances each by June Tabor and Maddy Prior. It also has X doing "Shoot out the Lights," a song that could have been written as easily for John Doe and Exene Cervenka as it was for the Thompsons. Do yourself a favor and get both albums.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/15/1993
Label:
Green Linnet
UPC:
0048248308625
catalogNumber:
3086

Tracks

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Julian Dawson   Vocals
Martin Carthy   Guitar,Vocals
Ron Kavana   Vocals,Multi Instruments,Track Performer
Dave Swarbrick   Bass,Fiddle
Marvin Etzioni   Mandolin,Vocals,Track Performer
Clive Gregson   Guitar,Vocals
Henry Kaiser   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Men & Volts   Track Performer
Tom Robinson   Percussion,Vocals,Track Performer
Richard Thompson   Guitar,Vocals
Victoria Williams   Vocals,Track Performer
Hank Roberts   Cello
Ian Lynn   Piano,Keyboards
Peter Blegvad   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Ivor Cutler   Vocals,Track Performer
Plainsong   Track Performer
Andy Roberts   Vocals
Martin Simpson   Acoustic Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals
Robin Petrie   Background Vocals,Hammered Dulcimer
Sally Barker   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Danny Carnahan   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
House Band   Track Performer
Eddi Reader   Vocals
Martin Ansell   Acoustic Guitar
Scott Babcock   Drums
Boris Carlin   Bass Guitar
Christine Collister   Vocals,Track Performer
Fi Fraser   Vocals
Jo Freya   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
David Greenberger   Bass Guitar
Keith Hancock   Vocals,Melodion
Don Heffington   Tambourine,Bodhran
Boo Hewerdine   Guitar,Vocals
Ethan James   Harmonium,Hurdy-Gurdy
Barb Jungr   Harmonica,Background Vocals
Ian Kearey   Bass,Harmonium,Track Performer
Ian Matthews   Vocals
Doug Robinson   Bass
Alan Senauke   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Dave Stewart   Keyboards
Ged Foley   Guitar,Vocals
Chris Parkinson   Accordion,Vocals
John Skelton   Whistle (Instrument),Bombard
Sampson   Drums
Jessica Simpson   Vocals
Karen Tweed   Accordion
David Williams   Vocals
Jeff Cronenberg   Guitar
Fraser Sisters   Track Performer
Lionel Handy   Cello
Ralph Jordan   Bass,Bouzouki
Phil Kaplan   Guitar,Vocals
Kathryn Locke   Cello
Rauri McFarlane   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Jon Proudman   Drums
Alison Taylor   Violin,Viola
David Toon   Cor anglais
Andrew Williams   Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Mark Griffiths   Vocals

Technical Credits

Marvin Etzioni   Producer
Tom Robinson   Producer,Engineer
Richard Thompson   Composer
Jimmy Giuffre   Composer
Ian Lynn   Producer,Engineer
Plainsong   Producer
Sally Barker   Producer
House Band   Producer
Boris Carlin   Producer
Christine Collister   Producer
Oliver di Cicco   Engineer
Ethan James   Engineer
Ian Kearey   Contributor
Jon Kelly   Producer
David Kenny   Engineer
Vic Smith   Engineer
Mark Thompson   Engineer
Eric Aceto   Contributor
Rich de Paolo   Engineer
Rich Bates   Producer,Engineer
Fraser Sisters   Producer
Tim Kent   Engineer
Ngoc Lam   Contributor
Chris MacLean   Engineer
Jim Marshall   Engineer
Rauri McFarlane   Producer,Engineer
E. Smith   Composer

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