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  • Audio CD (30 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B000083EBJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,192 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Gethsemane
  2. Jealous Words
  3. I’ll Tag Along
  4. A Love You Can’t Survive
  5. One Door Opens
  6. First Breath
  7. Destiny
  8. Got No Right
  9. Pearly Jim
  10. Sight Unseen
  11. Outside of the Inside
  12. Happy Days and Auld Lang Syne

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One studio album every three years is beginning to seem like a guarantee that every new Richard Thompson release will be a gold-plated delight. The Old Kit Bag arrives three years after Mock Tudor, which in turn appeared three years after You? Me? Us?. And if not exactly a trilogy, the three taken together represent some of his most consistently rewarding work. On the new album Thompson is unusually relaxed--indeed he's positively genial in places--and even when he dials the mood down it's done with deliciously self-mocking irony ("I've got no right to have it all"). In the country-inflected "Sight Unseen" he actually goes so far as to sing of love without bitterness, and only with "Outside of the Inside" do his lyrics really sting ("God never listened to Charlie Parker / Charlie Parker lived in vain / Blasphemer, womaniser / Let a needle numb his brain").

Musically The Old Kit Bag employs a stripped-down band and back-to-basics production reminiscent of early Fairport and as on those albums acoustic folk instruments ("One Door Opens") here rub shoulders with that inimitable electric guitar ("A Love You Can't Survive", for example). Danny Thompson does his solid thing on double-bass (check out the wonderfully languid "First Breath" and "Got No Right"), while Judith Owen's backing softens Thompson's familiar gruff vocals. Like every Richard Thompson album this one's a grower, but it's well worth the effort. --Mark Walker

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This was the first album by Richard Thompson on an independent label in many years, and what a power of good it did him! His creative powers were seldom better and the resulting album sounds as fresh and inventive as anything in his prolific output - unmistakable folk roots, but undeniably contemporary. Not only that, but he demonstrates exactly why he's among the best British guitarists in either electric or acoustic modes. Even his voice, at times an acquired taste, sounds in fine fettle here, displaying a range that would surprise many. Thompson is helped by a simple band and a very basic, stripped down sound that allows the excellence of the raw materials to speak for themselves - and in terms of quality singer-songwriters, they never got better than this.
The Old Kit Bag gets off to a great start with the dark and brooding Gethsemane and never looks back. There isn't a weak track here, though worthy of mention are the mandolin-driven One Door Opens, First Breath, Word Unspoken Sight Unseen, and Outside on the Inside (apparently about how the Taliban sees the West.)
A really first class collection shows that the man is on top form. Can't wait to see him play live at the Barbican this month!
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I wasn't previously familiar with Mr. Thompson's songs, though I'd heard about him for years. This album was a fantastic introduction and makes me want to go catch up on everything I missed. Standout tracks are "Gethsemane", "One Door Opens", and "Outside of the Inside" — beautiful and powerful stuff. (The latter was supposedly written about the Taliban, but it applies quite well to America's religious right.) Close behind these songs and in a more lighthearded vein are "She Said It Was Destiny", "I'll Tag Along". Other songs on this album haven't lodged themselves in my brain as successfully yet, but there really isn't a dud here.
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Typically excellent Richard Thompson album with superb guitar playing throughout, fantastic changes of mood, and excellent singing (Thompson sounds a much more confident singer here than on some of his earlier albums). Ironies and streaks of genius abound and the whole is bound together with the sense of a truly powerful, original, and inspired musical intelligence at work. Unmissable.
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Among pop music genres folk-rock is probably the most unfashionable, being either ridiculed or plain ignored by those arbiters of taste who would tell us what's hot and what's not. Despite this, certain notable artists plough their own furrow (pardon the gratuitous agricultural pun) to bring us new sounds inspired, among other things, by the musical traditions of the British Isles. Foremost among these is Richard Thompson. He has been doing it since the late Sixties and "The Old Kit Bag" is proof, if proof were needed, that whilst his back catalogue is substantial (in every respect) he is not about to retire and put his feet up by the fire yet.
This taut collection showcases his rocking side with tracks like "Jealous Words" and "A Love You Can't Survive", which are resplendent with his swerving, restless electric guitar lines. His virtuosity puts him in the same league as more celebrated axe heroes like Jimmy Page, and his breaks would not sound out of place on a Led Zeppelin album. Other tracks usher in a more contemplative mood, for example "Gethsemane" and "Word Unspoken, Sight Unseen". He also treats us to his nimble-fingered playing on acoustic guitar and mandolin on tracks like the bright and breezy "One Door Opens" and the gentle "First Breath". His last album "Mock Tudor" was very meaty and "The Old Kit Bag" continues his policy of providing all killer, no filler. Thompson has just unveiled a whole set of new classics on this release.
Perhaps one impact of devolution is a rekindling of interest in British culture, including folk music, in its many forms. Don't expect to see Kylie gyrating around a morris dancing troupe on "Top of the Pops" quite yet (although you never know, it could happen). There are nevertheless serious young artists out there, e.g.
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The Old Kit Bag marks a bit of a change of direction for Richard Thompson with his first new release since leaving Capitol. On his web site he explains that it was basically recorded live with just a few extra instrumental parts added afterwards. Featuring just 4 musicians RT plus Danny Thompson on Double Bass, Michael Jerome on Drums and Judith Owen on Background Vocals this recording captures something of the intensity of a live RT gig. The very "live" clean sound is a huge improvement over some of his Capitol releases, which were over-produced and sounded very muddy especially on percussion.
His material is very strong and the long gap between Mock Tudor and this CD gave him a chance to really polish up the songs live before committing them to tape. The small ensemble playing suits RT and gives him a chance to get out his mandolin, dulcimer and harmonium as well as his guitar. Whilst there's lots of excellent acoustic and electric guitar playing on the album it doesn't dominate and the other instruments fill out the sound in a more colourful manner.
Of the songs several stand out - "Gethsemane" with powerful hooks and emotive lyrics paints an evocative picture, "A Love You Can't Survive" hearks back to his very best early material, "One Door Opens" is very sprightly with a Middle-Eastern flavour, "First Breath" sees RT in a jazzy, romantic but ultimately doomed mood, "Word Unspoken, Sight Unseen" really shines with it's theme of redemption through love and faith and "Outside of the Inside" sees RT railing against religious bigotry once more. All the songs are beautifully crafted musically and lyrically and require guenuine involvement on the part of the listener. Who else quotes Van Gogh, Charlie Parker, Einstein and misericords in one lyric?
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