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You? Me? Us?

Richard Thompson Audio CD
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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 (8 April 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002TXT
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,838 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Razor Dance 2:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. She Steers By Lightning 2:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Dark Hand Over My Heart 3:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Hide It Away 4:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Put It There Pal 6:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Business On You 2:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. No's Not A Word 4:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Am I Wasting My Love On You? 2:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Bank Vault In Heaven 4:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Ghost Of You Walks 3:390.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Baby Don't Know What To Do With Herself 3:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. She Cut Off Her Long Silken Hair 5:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Hide It Away 4:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Burns Supper 3:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Train Don't Leave 2:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Cold Kisses 4:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sam Jones 3:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Razor Dance 2:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Woods Of Darney 5:430.99  Buy MP3 

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Sometimes even a legend just wants to have fun. Having gradually achieved his lofty position as a titan of British folk-rock and as one of Britain's finest songwriters, Richard Thompson allows his instincts as a sublime guitarist to dominate this casually brilliant double album. Separated into distinct electric and acoustic programmes, the "voltage-enchanced" Disc 1 gives us generous doses of a rockin' Richard, featuring some of his most extroverted string-bending in years and some terrific songs, capped by "Razor Dance" and an acid "Put It There Pal". On the "nude" second disc, Thompson unplugs to reel off some of the most beautiful guitar filigree and keening acoustic leads imaginable, focusing on a programme largely devoted to ballads. As always, his ability to couple timeless musical forms with trenchant commentary gives these songs power--try the closing "Woods of Darney", set during World War I, which combines an anti-war message, a love song, and a ghost story in its concise verses. --Sam Sutherland

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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If you don't already know of Richard Thompson, buy this album. Having said that, it's probably not his best overall (Mock Tudor is that, IMHO), but this has some of his very best songs (and he's done some good ones in his time!). This two-disc set is electric on the first disc and 'unplugged' on the second.
From Razor Dance's up-tempo relationship-slashing to the scariness of looking through your lover's letters from old flames while she's out on Cold Kisses, this is Thompson at his darkest and sharpest. All to lovely and/or catchy tunes and playing to kill for.
Mention should also be made of Danny Thompson's (no relation) contribution on upright bass, especially on the haunting (!) Ghost of You Walks.
Stand-out track for me is Put it There Pal. Just hope it wasn't written about you: "You shot me down with friendly fire / The rope that you threw me was made of barbed wire" and a bile-spitting guitar coda that shows why he's considered among the very finest - it'll make you want to give up playing yours in despair! The album's not (quite) all doom and gloom. It is by turns touching and delicate, and aggressive as hell. Imagine a very English Neil Young and you'll be in the right - country, at least.
And this is not even his best album!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You? Me? Us? 3 Dec 2010
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Without a doubt one of my favourite albums of all time, first of all in its versatility and second of all in the quality and quantity of the songs on here.

The Album is a 2-disc masterpiece by folk-rock legend Richard Thompson, split into electric (Voltage Enhanced) and acoustic (Nude) with some songs featuring on both sides leaving you to wonder which version you like better. Voltage Enhanced kicks off with Razor Dance, about a relationship breakup, "Dark hand over my heart" and "Hide it away" show as usual Thompson's darker side which is never absent from one of his albums. "Business on you" appears as some sort of odd antique collector and "Bank vault in heaven" is reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix's version of "All along the watchtower" with its frequent guitar licks and brilliant guitar solo. This side ends with the beautiful and haunting "The ghost of you walks" which anyone can agree is astonishing. The second album has some very nice songs especially "Cold kisses", "Sam Jones" and the "Woods of Darney", another this time horrifically sad song. Again "Hide it away" and "Razor dance" appear, but the version of the latter is much better in the live recording with Teddy Thompson in Celtschmerz. The others are songs are good, but not classics.

Overall a brilliant album. The good songs definitely outweigh the average ones.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Can't Appreciate This..... 21 May 2000
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Quite simply, this is unequalled! If you like truly great singer song writers such as Randy Newman or Elvis Costello, you'll soon realise you've come to the right CD. The poetic lyrics that say so much in such a sparse way, the emotive music, the stark vocals - it's all here. I'm talking mainly about the acoustic disc, but then 50% of this is so superior to 100% of any other. This isn't for the heavy guitar RT lovers. It's for people who recognise that the very BEST music is always going to be essentially emotional, and the impact of this never fades.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You Me Us by Richard Thompson 23 May 2013
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Great stuff. Richard's electric guitar is electrifying. He's on top form here. In this double set, CD 1 is a louder version than CD 2 which is a little softer or more acoustic containing acoustic versions of two songs off CD 1. This was one of three albums featured on the Best Of Capitol Years. The others were Mirror Blue and Tudor which I've bought..
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another abandoned Thompson gem... 28 Oct 2004
By ewomack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
All Richard Thompson fans must have deeply furrowed brows. Here's this guy who puts out amazing album after amazing album and yet remains bizarrely obscure. Not only that, many of his albums fester in out of print bins. To obtain much of Thompson's work, one must rummage through piles of used CDs or order through online used dealers (true, the internet has greatly facilitated this process in the past five years). Capitol Records didn't help much by dumping Thompson around 1999 and almost immediately removing all his titles from their CD printers. Consequently, 1996's double-disc "You? Me? Us" doesn't show up too much anymore on store shelves. It remains one of Thompson's most elusive albums from his Capitol era.

Similar to most of Thompson's Capitol output, "You? Me? Us?" contains much incredible material along with a few head-scratchers. Disc one, "Voltage Enhaced", contains songs fueled by a full band. The other disc, "Nude" mainly features songs with a more folky or acoustic arrangement and feel. Both contain great material. "Razor Dance" rips in with a satire on back talking and negative gossip. In this dance, the winners hold the most effective insults. The lyrics may evoke some of the ads currently circulating for the 2004 election. "She Steers by Lightning" describes a nightmare ride where the driver uses "Milton as a road map". We all know someone that we'd like to sing "Put it There Pal" to. It spits poison sarcasm from the point of view of the used. The hilarious "Business on You" threatens an object of desire with magic mind-controlling love spells. Listen for the scream before the solo. Very funny. "Bank Vault in Heaven" lumbers in with one of Thompson's weightiest beats. It almost sounds grunge. Disc one's closer, "The Ghost of You Walks" is one of Thompson's best songs. Sometimes relationships just don't work out even when both parties want them to. They tried their hardest but to no avail. This song reflects on the feeling of being in that position. The mood fits better with the "Nude" disc, and following "Bank Vault in Heaven" it's almost an anomalous surprise.

Disc two has more sparse arrangements and feels lonely and beautiful. "Baby Don't Know What To Do With Herself" assimilates the listener into the much more melancholy environment of "Nude". A sliding bass and an acoustic guitar provide the only accompaniment to Thompson's voice at first. Later on hurdy gurdys, violins, and mandolins arrive, but the arragements remain minimalistic. "She Cut Off Her Long Silken Hair" wails longingly about lost love. "Train Don't Leave" is a bouncy ditty about potential lost love. Thompson couldn't miss a double disc set without a song about death or a killer. "Sam Jones" is classic Thompson. Lyrically and musically, it sounds like a song right out of past centuries. "Sam Jones, deliver them bones".

So why two discs? Who knows? The connection between the two discs seems obscure and a little contrived. And why include two versions of "Razor Dance" and "Hide It Away"? Both versions are great, but the album didn't need both versions to be a great album. In fact, including both versions arguably bogs down the pace. One version of "Razor Dance" would have whet any listener's appetite. Maybe Capitol tried to capitalize on the "unplugged" craze of the time?

In the end, "You? Me? Us?" contains enough great material to satisfy any Thompson fan. Those who have never heard Thompson before may be overwhelmed. Point them to "Rumor and Sigh". Converts will find their way to this album soon enough. That is, if someone brings it back into print.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scientific Proof of Abyss Awaiting Us All 31 Jan 2002
By jgc - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Every time I start thinking that maybe the world is a beautiful place after all and that things eventually make a wondrous sort of sense, I remind myself that Richard Thompson has yet to reach a wide audience, and I must admit the universe is a dark, cold void in which we are all hopelessly doomed. That is the only way I can explain such injustice. Will the public please start picking up on this guy, so I can stop worrying about him and get on with my life?
'You? Me? Us?' has a lousy title, and is packaged in a rather overblown way -- two CDs (acoustic and electric), when it probably could have fit on a single disk. I guess this was a bid to make it seem like a big statement, definitive, just through sheer physical heft. It wasn't necessary, because this is a typically excellent Thompson album. Tracks like "Bank Vault in Heaven," "Dark Hand Over My Heart," "The Ghost of You Walks" -- these are more than good songs. They're beautiful, ferocious, heartbreaking. This isn't the work of some amusing, reliable minor craftsman; this is the work of a world-class artist whose songwriting belongs in the pantheon with Lennon, Dylan, Young, and Reed, and whose electric guitar can kick doors down. Please, buy this album before the damn thing goes out of print.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute bliss 13 July 2003
By bob turnley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Here's how it goes. You see a Thompson double album and your expectations go through the roof. Upon first listening you say this isn't first class Thompson. But then upon third or fourth listening, when the songs start to sink in to your soul, you realize this is very, very good. On most of his albums I like almost all the songs and love one or two. On You, Me, Us I love Burns Supper. I love The Ghost of You Walks. I love Dark Hand. And there's just so much more. And by splitting the electric and acoustic material on seperate discs, it really is like two albums for the price of one. What more could you ask for?
For me, if Thompson never reaches these artistic heights again, I will be satisfied with You, Me, Us.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Am I Alone Here? 9 Jan 2000
By Greg Benson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I seem to be in the minority, but I loved this album on first listen, and time hasn't doused my enthusiasm. I'm in favor of the two-CD concept of separating the acoustic from the "voltage enhanced." The listener can then select the disc to suit his mood. I usually choose the acoustic one, not only because it comes closest to the live RT experience, but also because it's got some pieces that rank with his all-time best. (Quite an assessment, I know.) "Sam Jones" is vintage Dark, Wry Richard; "Hide it Away" deals with an old theme in a new and beautiful way; "She Cut off Her Long Silken Hair" takes its time to describe an everyday occurrence so mournfully that you'd think someone died; and "Woods of Darney" may be the greatest ballad I've ever heard, a feature length movie in a five-minute song. Those who cherish RT's acoustic guitar and his slower, moodier songs shouldn't overlook this album. The other disc is like any other RT album: solid songwriting and razor-sharp musicianship. As for the production: Froom has botched a few albums in his day, but this isn't one of them. Even Phil Spector couldn't have ruined "You? Me? Us?". I've even got the T-shirt!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably good Thompson 23 April 2000
By Tim Weber - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Not only is this Richard Thompson's best album, bar none (I don't care what anybody says!) it is one of the top two albums of the '90s. The songs are top-to-bottom excellent, from the 'Voltage Enhanced' disc ('Dark Hand Over My Heart,' 'Put it There Pal,' 'No's Not a Word' and 'The Ghost of You Walks' are magnificent highlights) to the 'Nude' disc ('Baby Don't Know What to Do with Herself,' 'Cold Kisses' and 'Woods of Darney' are jaw-droppingly beautiful) it is sensational. How anyone can hate this is beyond my comprehension. Open your ears and appreciate a man making the best album of his life this late in his career. No album hits me with such an emotional wallop.
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