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Sweet Warrior [Import]

Richard Thompson Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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Richard Thompson was born at his parents' home in the Spring of 1949, in West-London, and spent his early years in post war Britain, surrounded by a family with wide musical tastes. Counted among his early influences are Django Reinhardt, Fats Waller, Les Paul, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. Flip the coin from his father’s jazz record collection to the early rock and roll music ... Read more in Amazon's Richard Thompson Store

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  • Audio CD (25 Jun 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B000OQDS18
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 278,420 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Needle and Thread
2. I'll Never Give It Up
3. Take Care The Road You Choose
4. Mr. Stupid
5. Dad's Gonna Kill Me
6. Poppy-Red
7. Bad Monkey
8. Francesca
9. Too Late To Come Fishing
10. Sneaky Boy
11. She Sang Angels To Rest
12. Johnny's Far Away
13. Guns Are the Tongues
14. Sunset Song

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Man Returns.... 21 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
Uptempo for the most part, although not always cheerful (when is RT ever!) this is a welcome return, showing the form you'd expect of a thoroughbred who has consistently produced good music and good performances since his early days as a very young member of Fairport Convention (now in their 40th year) with whom he will be performing at this years Cropredy Convention in August 2007.

Some highlights:

Opening the album, "Needle And Thread" is just great, hitting you between the ears where it is most pleasurable.

As noted above, the music can be uptempo even when the subject matter is death, destruction and the horrors of war. "`Dad's going to kill me" (as in Baghdad) is memorable and an instant modern classic.

Straying almost into zydeco for "Bad Monkey", Thompson continues to show his ability to assimilate other styles and incorporate it into his virtuoso guitar playing.

"Francesca" is reggae - once more the musical roots of the sixties give rise to a great little song.

"She Sang Angels To Rest" is, in shorthand, this album's "Beeswing" commemorating a summer affair.

"Johnny's Far Away" is a folk-like tale of a sailors cuckoldry with a great violin part, played by Sarah Watkins of Nickel Creek fame. With Danny Thompson on double bass, this is a memorable track.

Other musicians featured on this album include Taras Prodaniuk (electric guitar), Michael Jerome (drums), Michael Hayes (guitar) and Judith Owen (backing vocals) (from "1,000 years of Popular Music").

To classify this album - or this musician - as merely "folk" or "folk-rock" belies the width of his appeal and the variety that his years of superb musicianship have brought to his style.

Buy it and you'll not be wasting a penny.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best ever, honestly 27 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
RT has been with me throughout my adult life. Thankfully a great album always seems to coincide with personal events that require something hard-hitting in the CD player. But this honestly is the best. Rumor and Sigh and Mirror Blue were classics, but I've never been so addicted to a RT release, not even the first time I heard Liege and Lief or Full House.

Dad's gonna kill me, Francesca, Guns are the Tongues are incomparable.

The whole album is masterful, I didnt think his best was still to come, but it was!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Warrior...... SWEET JESUS! 28 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
OK, I admit, I am not the most unbiased of RT critics, in fact, I believe he is the greatest musician on the planet. However, I can still see he has his weaker moments, like 2005's tranquil but dull 'Front Parlor Ballads' ,however, MY GOD, is this not one of them!! This is a return to the greatness of the electric earthy sound of 2003's Old Kit Bag, but yet better. It sounds like Richard's been trying to get back to a somewhat more folky sound for a while, and possibly that was his fall on FPB. However, here the sound could not be better, the electricity of his band on rocking form, plus a few more mandolins, violins, accordions and fiddles. On this album Richard is taking on the subject of war, with a touch of love gone wrong [Richard.... Never!!].

Particular highlights at first include the surprising pop perfection found in 'I'll never give it up' and 'Poppy Red', his sublime Iraq song 'Dad's Gonna Kill Me' (yeah, we may be bored of hearing them but to find one with a bit of humor attached is extremely refreshing!) and the swashbuckling 'Johnny's Far Away'.

To be honest, I'm not too keen on the rock&froll feel of 'Bad Monkey'... But every great rt album has one track which you often skip, mainly due to the outstanding greatness of the others!!

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
As an RT fan for over 35 years this new album is right up there with the best and in my opinion is consistently better than Kit Bag which in itself is an excellent album . The only But I share with the other reviewers is that 'Sneaky Boy' lets the side down.

Good mixture of ballads and uptempo numbers and there are a number of songs which will become long term RT classic namely 'Take Care the Road you Choose', 'Dad's going to kill me', ' Johnny's Far Away' and the standout track 'Guns are the Tongues'.

Can't waiit to see RT and the Band play them live at Cropcredy and the Roundhouse!!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Age has not withered him nor the years condemned 14 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
RT has been at the forefront of British for almost 40 years and I have been listening to his music for almost 35 years

Quite amazing facts in themselves itself but what amazes me is that he has not seemed to enter a state of comfort rather he experiments and writes songs with lyrics as powerful as anyone else in any genre of music without much sign of pretentiousness.

The stand out track on this is of course "Dad's going to kill me" about the feelings of an American soldier in Iraq not coalition as British troops to not drive Humvees or watch Fox Evening News. This stands out as a great anti war track of any time.

Having listened to the album 3 times continuously I find that some tracks may not be as strong as others however when compared to some of the dross which other artists foist off on us I find them not to be as poor as other reviewers think.

RT has decided to employ a full time rhythm guitarist (Michael Hays) on this album a la Simon Nicol and this is a great success as is the Acoustic bass of Danny Thompson (surely the world's greatest) the electric bass of Tras Prodaniuk the drumming of Michael Jerome and the vocals of Judith Owen plus other good session musicians.

This album in my view is an unqualified success and is one I shall listen to frequently.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Thompson - Sweet Warrior
If you have already discovered Richard Thompson then this album is a must. If you haven't discovered him yet, this is a pretty good introduction. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ian Brockhurst
5.0 out of 5 stars There is a live version of many tracks from this Album too ...
Without doubt my favourite RT studio album.

For those of you who prefer RT live I can highly reccomend visiting his website where in the CD section you will find a live... Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2011 by Tim Taylor
2.0 out of 5 stars Below par
Take Care The Road You Choose is up there with the very best RT songs; unfortunately it's not matched by anything else on here. Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2009 by Matthew Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Never listened to Mr Thompson before Jules appearance. Now can't get enough of him. THIS IS AN EXCELLENT ALBUM.
Published on 5 July 2008 by K. S. Wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars National Treasure
The Elder Statesman of Folk Rock is Back.

A National Treasure If Ever There Was !

The 14 songs in Mr Thompson's newest album 'Sweet Warrior'
find the man... Read more
Published on 31 May 2008 by The Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, intelligent, witty, beautiful music
Before listening to this album, I'd never heard a Richard Thompson solo album before, so I approached Sweet Warrior with no pre-conceptions other than knowing that he was a... Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2008 by A. Sweeney
5.0 out of 5 stars A five star album
Though this album was released in May, I didn't buy a copy till October. Partly because I'd enjoyed " The Old Kit Bag " as much as anything I'd heard by Richard Thompson ( I'm no... Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2008 by nick374
5.0 out of 5 stars His best set for years
OK, Richard Thompson is a hero of mine. I think there is no finer giutarist on the plant. But, to be honest, he doesn't always hit top form, though his second-best is better than... Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2008 by A.lan Stevens
2.0 out of 5 stars RT takes his humvee frankenstein to the middle of the road
It seems that if you liked Front Parlour Ballads you'll be disappointed with this, and vice versa. I loved the musical adventurousness in most of FPB, and the lyrics were often... Read more
Published on 15 Nov 2007 by A Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars It works better live
I've been living with this album for a while now, and I've come to the conclusion that it's a bit of a mixed bag. Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2007 by MisterKeith
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