World Is a Wonderful Place: The Songs of Richard Thompson

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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" ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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: 048248308625
  • Catalog Number: 3086

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Knife Edge - The Hokey Pokey Strings (2:01)
  2. 2 Pharoah - The House Band (3:11)
  3. 3 How Will I Ever Be Simple Again - Christine Collister (3:57)
  4. 4 It Don't Cost Much - Marvin Etzioni (4:33)
  5. 5 Down Where the Drunkards Roll - Martin Simpson (4:54)
  6. 6 Wheely Down - Ian Kearey (4:23)
  7. 7 Reckless Kind - Victoria Williams (3:56)
  8. 8 The End of the Rainbow - Tom Robinson (3:20)
  9. 9 I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight - Ron Kavana (5:40)
  10. 10 Love Is Bad For Business - Men & Volts (2:40)
  11. 11 Dimming of the Day - Boo Hewerdine (3:52)
  12. 12 Waltzings For Dreamers - The Keith Hancock Band (4:38)
  13. 13 (Untitled) @@Full Moon Fair (3:31)
  14. 14 Night Comes In - Full Moon Fair (9:30)
  15. 15 Sisters - The Fraser Sisters (4:36)
  16. 16 For Shame of Doing Wrong - Sally Barker (3:23)
  17. 17 I Misunderstood - Sally Barker (4:30)
  18. 18 Galway to Graceland - Plainsong (2:39)
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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
The 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
Les Sampson Drums
Jessica Simpson Vocals
Karen Tweed Accordion
David Williams Vocals
Jeff Cronenberg Guitar
The 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
The 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
The 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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