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Re: (TV) Re: lunkhead, etc. >> RT and more
Robin -- The disc that got me hooked on Thompson -- admittedly a
little late in the game -- was a 1991 one-off promo CD called "The
Hannibal Sampler," collecting cuts from his first post-Fairport solo
years up through "Shoot Out the Lights". It was never available
commercially but pops up on ebay fairly frequently, and you could do
worse than going to iTunes and replicating the playlist for a decent
Tear Stained Letter
When I Get To The Border
Shoot Out The Lights
Wall Of Death
The Wrong Heartbeat
Angels Took My Racehorse Away
Flee As A Bird
Roll Over Vaughn Williams
Poor Will And The Jolly Hangman
Don't Renege On Our Love
I'll Regret It All In The Morning
Night Comes In
Throw in "A Sailor's Life" from Fairport's "Unhalfbricking" for a
pretty staggering example of his early style.
There's also very good acoustic bootleg, "Solo Acoustic, Town Crier,
Pawling, NY 3/7/91," that can be found on dime (or contact me
offlist). David Byrne shows up as special guest vocal on a few songs,
which will either recommend it or not.
On May 2, 2011, at 2:26 PM, robin dunn wrote:
> i'm another one who just has not caught richard thompson fever. i
> "shoot out the lights" years ago and gave it away -- it just did
> not grab me.
> i've heard a bit of linda thompson solo that i've enjoyed (just on
> the radio
> or whatever). i love the motorcycle-black leather jacket song, but
> can't even
> remember the name of it (and i don't think of it as a guitar
> song). so, RT
> if you could recommend one RT album as a jumping off point, what
> would it be,
> and why? knowing that i do enjoy folk as well as the hard stuff.
> another "guitar god" i've avoided: hendrix. same question. i
> actually love
> richard lloyd's hendrix album, "bold as love" best of all, which is
> the only
> thing that has me even wondering more about hendrix.
> i think someone here asked what the new (last) poly styrene album
> is like.
> it's a bit of a mix. very danceable, for the most part, and
> overall not bad.
> fresh, really, for a 50-something former punk (and krishna!). not
> really much
> reminiscent of the spex, other than her voice, which i have long
> loved, and
> the themes, which remain antimaterialistic. 6/10? much better than
> "translucence" (the only other solo work of hers i've heard, which
> totally put
> me to sleep). i am so glad that poly got it done, and got to see it's
> release, and some of the good press it generated, before she passed.
> --- On Mon, 5/2/11, Rex Broome <email@example.com> wrote:
> Thompson has a dense back catalog and it's daunting, but a lot of
> us here
> who obsess (just a bit) about Tom's guitar playing consider RT to
> be one of
> the closest soloists to Tom in terms of style, melodic choices,
> etc... his
> playing just has a similar "vibe", in addition to which it's just
> great. He's also a great songwriter.
> I'm pretty sure Tom has at one time or another acted like he's not
> familiar with RT, and I'm pretty sure most of us classify that as
> Tom being
> Tom (i.e. not entirely honest at all times).
> Mekons, X-Ray Spex, and a lot of what's often called "post-punk"
> music (here
> we go with genre labels again, but I'm thinking of Gang of Four, PIL,
> Magazine, Slits, etc.) have some pretty ardent devotees around
> here. I
> think the last spurt of list activity before this one was set off
> by the
> death of Ari Upp.
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