Top positive review
The Great Valerio
21 June 2011
61 tracks (over three CDs) of pure delight from Richard (and Linda) Thompson one of the world's best and unique guitarists and songwriters, that's what this box brings as well as a 19 Track DVD of BBC recordings mainly from the `Old Grey Whistle Test', what is great about this set is that in my opinion these `live' performances represent the very best of Richard Thompson, quite often the spontaneity is lost from the studio albums, Live RT has always been a top performer, and it shows in every way in this set. This set is also thoughtfully annotated and comes with a pretty extensive 38 page book, and each disc is held (overlapping) in a `digi slot' similar to the Fairport Convention BBC box.
Sure the sound quality is at times not studio standard but always 100% performance, and given the way the BBC have in the past treated their legacy this set is one of the strongest and most consistent in terms of sound quality that there has been. Too difficult to pick out highlights but the track listing is shown on Amazon so you can pick almost any of the tracks.
Casual RT fans should lap this up there is enough throughout the set to enjoy, and this compliments the studio albums well. If it could give this set 6 stars I would.