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15 Mar 2001 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 15 Mar 2001
  • Release Date: 15 Mar 2001
  • Label: Capitol Catalog
  • Copyright: (C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 1:16:40
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  • ASIN: B001J7B3VS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,178 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 April 2011
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This anthology covers 11 years, and features 19 songs from the underrated genius Richard Thompson. He does fast stuff, slow stuff, ballads, bitter stuff and funny stuff. The melodies creep into your head and heart and linger there, as do some of the most sensitive lyrics this side of heaven. There are memorable songs of love and love lost, of death and misunderstanding, of frustration, emptiness and rejection, all carried on a raft of insidiously unforgettable melodies.

This is a fine introduction to Richard Thompson's solo work, and forms an ideal partner for the earlier Island collection which includes his work with Linda Thompson, The Best Of Richard And Linda Thomspon: The Island Record Years Once you've given these a listen you're likely to join the rest of us in exploring all the other treasures in this wonderful songwriter's albums. I envy you the journey! A bargain of real quality.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By johnfarrell@tinyworld.co.uk on 23 April 2001
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For long term fans, there is only one new track (three if you don't use vinyl), but it's a cracker .
For those of you who have not yet had the pleasure of discovering the talents of possibly the finest songwriter and guitarist this island has produced, here is a selection of his finest songs from the Capitol years.
Do yourselves a favour and give your ears a treat - buy this album!!
The lyrics are thought provoking, clever, tender, funny, dark, evocative & insightful. The tunes range from stomping rock to subtle accoustic ballads. The guitar playing is just superb throughout and the voice is simply Richard Thompson.
Its a wonderful collection of wonderful songs by a master of his craft.
I bought it just because I can.
You should too.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Keith Sterling on 13 Nov 2003
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I bought this album as an introduction to Richard Thompson having hearing 1952 Vincent Black Lightning on BBC 6 Music and being blown away by such a fantastic and very moving song.
If you've never heard him before or are looking for a more complete introduction to him, then this is the album
Highly recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Sep 2012
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This compilation from four of Richard Thompson`s most musically uncompromising albums, dating from 1988-99, is a real boon, as it cherry-picks the best tracks from those albums to give the grateful listener a feast of Thompsoniana that includes two of the finest songs - by anyone - of the last forty years. In fact, why don`t I just come out and say it: this man is the greatest contemporary songwriter, bar none. He`s certainly the subtlest, though his friend Loudon Wainwright is funnier, and Dylan simply untouchable. But RT, since the 70s, has been surely the most consistently brilliant.
According to the excellent booklet notes by Rob Bowman, the unimprovable song 1952 Vincent Black Lightning is `the most requested song on National Public Radio in the United States` - quite an achievement for an old folkie from W London. I can believe it though, since once heard the song is impossible to forget. Like so many RT songs, it`s about real people in credible situations, a poetic, witty lyric which shows both compassion and a wry empathy for their humanity. I love its opening lines:

Says Red Molly to James, `That`s a fine motorbike,
A girl could feel special on any such like`.
Says James to Red Molly, `My hat`s off to you,
It`s a Vincent Black Lightning Nineteen fifty-two`

The names he chooses for his characters are always just right. Red Molly...!
Chuck Berry never wrote a better, more affecting song than this, and that`s the highest praise I can think of.
Beeswing is the other obvious unforgettable song here, a gentle mid-tempo nostalgic ditty set in the Summer of Love, which may well be the most beautiful song in his repertoire. He`s tenderly remembering a girl:

She was a rare thing, fine as a beeswing...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lord Groan on 16 Nov 2009
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Richard Thompson's Capitol albums were sometimes marred by Mitchell Froom's overenthusiastic production. This compilation is a very good representation of those years and has great variety of pace and theme. Well worth the money.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By carl iredale on 8 Nov 2003
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If you've chanced upon this album because you've heard Mr. Thompson is a bit of a musical genius, then you could do alot worse than start here. Unlike alot of artists, Richard's musical output has no 'weaker' areas, so doing a best of must have been a hideous job to perform. Let me say this: Richard Thompson has been voted the best songwriter award several times by several different institutions (Q magazine, etc) and is one of this country's finest lyricists. The breadth of scope covered in is songs is always refreshing and sometimes touches areas of life we wouldn't conciously wish to go. He also has he rare ability ot move you in 3 minutes of music. Obvious examples here are ...well, there are so many, but I still remember hearing the track 'Beeswing' for the first time, and tears falling down my cheeks but the end of it. Crushingly beautiful stuff.
Richard Thompson is a national treasure (albit a well kept secret at the same time) and though many are unfamiliar with his talents, one day he will be recognised as such. If you're still not sure, dip your toe in here. You will not regret it. Promise!
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