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Product details

  • Audio CD (20 Mar. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: BGO
  • ASIN: B00002475S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,758 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Bone Through Her Nose
  2. Valerie
  3. Missie How You Let Me Down
  4. Dead Man's Handle
  5. Long Dead Love
  6. Lovers' Lane
  7. Nearly In Love
  8. Jennie
  9. Baby Talk
  10. Cash Down Never Never
  11. How Will I Ever Be Simple Again
  12. Al Bowlly's In Heaven

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Product Description

Originally released in 1986. Produced by Mitchell Froom with Jerry Sceff on bass, Jim Keltner on drums and Clive Gregson and Christine Collister on backing vocals.

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Format: Audio CD
I bought this on vinyl when it came out in 1985, on the strength of a glowing review in some music paper. At the time I didn't know a thing about Richard Thompson. Once I got used to his distinctive vocals, I began to realise that he was an amazing guitarist, with a unique style quite unlike the practitioners who were my idols at the time - Blackmore, Iommmi, May, Knopfler, etc. The songs were great too; VALERIE, JENNIE, HOW WILL I EVER BE SIMPLE AGAIN & AL BOWLLY'S IN HEAVEN particularly standing out.
I always intended to buy other Thompson albums, but strangely never got around to it, until I was given a bunch of his 70's albums recorded with then-wife Linda. Once again, it took a little time to adjust (this time to the folk angle) but the combination of his guitar work & Linda's fantastic voice got me hooked. I became a Thompson addict and proceeded to buy up every album of his I could find. And there are quite a few!
Some reviewers criticise the Mitchell Froom-produced albums of the mid to late 80's, but they are still some of my favorites. For me, DARING ADVENTURES is still the most consistently enjoyable Thompson album, along with RUMOR AND SIGH & MOCK TUDOR. I suspect the man himself rates it fairly highly too, as he continues to play several of its songs live.
If you're a fan of the FAIRPORT CONVENTION years, or got into Thompson via his more recent output, you may have missed out on this 80's gem. Buy it now & prove me right! And go see him live - especially solo - and be amazed at his playing ability (has he got ten fingers on each hand or what?).
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album showcases Thompson’s mastery of many styles, from rock and pop to his folk roots. The opener, Bone Through Her Nose, is a bit silly but the next track Valerie is a catchy pop song with a fast tempo and melodic hook with a fabulous fiddle break. Missie How You Let Me Down is a sad song of regret that reminds me of the old country classic Good Year For The Roses, whilst Dead Man’s Handle is a flowing mournful ballad with a lovely melody, and Long Dead Love is more of the same. The pace picks up for Nearly In Love, a melodic rocker with a commercial edge, but it’s back to lost love and regrets on Jennie, a gentle soulful number with beautiful guitar and organ. Real rock ‘n roll raises it head on Baby Talk, a humorous number about sweet nothings. His folk roots surface on the real gem of the album, the tender sorrowful How Will I Ever Be Simple Again with its simple but hypnotic melody and poignant guitar work. Like a lullaby, it’s sad and comforting at the same time, and stays with you long after the last note has faded.
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Format: Audio Cassette
Daring Adventures was the third in a series albums Richard Thompson released in the 1980s which were distinguished by great songwriting, magnificent guitar work, powerful vocals and a caustic, bitter tone to the themes covered. This one is, to my mind, the strongest of the three, containing some blistering attacks on 1980s materialism ("A Bone Through Her Nose", "Valerie","Cash Down Never Never"), some trademark pastoral reflections on broken relationships and shattered dreams ("Long Dead Love", "Missy How You Let Me Down"), and two of Thompson's strongest compositions : the jazz-tinged Al Bowley's in Heaven, and the wistful ballad How Will I Ever Be Simple Again. The dark, noirish album cover reflects the content, as the album leans towards the darker side of life, but remains one of the best albums of a true English original. If Graham Greene had written songs for Jimi Hendrix, they might have sounded a bit like this...
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Format: Audio CD
Whilst this may not be one of Richard Thompson best works, it does include at least 2 great songs - "How Can I Ever Be Simple Again?" and "Al Bowlly's In Heaven" - and as far as I'm concerned is worth having just for the former, which is why it gets 4 stars.
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Another excellent album from RT, though the production is a bit 80's in places. The writing and playing shines through though and some tracks will haunt you.
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