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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elixir
  • ASIN: B005G96GJO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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RICHARD THOMPSON Strict Tempo! (1981 UK 12-track mail order only fan club vinyl LP. This is an exuberant collection of tunes from the British Isles and North Africa performed with Thompsons by now signature guitar style. The record is also notable for its recording of Duke Ellingtons Rockin In Rhythm with the well-known horn lines arranged for guitar and mandolins. The picture sleeve shows just a little shelfwear with some light creases to the edges whilst the vinyl remains excellent with little signs of play LP1)

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Format: Audio CD
I've waited decades for this album to be reissued - my old vinyl copy has long since worn out. What strikes me most is the wonderful feel that these tracks exude - relaxed, amiable and amused. It's as if Thompson needed a break from the intensity that informed his music at the time and poured out his sheer pleasure in his own playing into these sessions. And the playing is, as ever, superb, even if virtuosity is, necessarily, sacrificed somewhat to the formal requirements of the music. But no one who is at all familiar with Thompson's work need fear taking the plunge with "Strict Tempo", particularly if you know his soundtrack to Werner Herzog's "Grizzly Man". The record is a labour of love and a joy from start to finish - you can pretty much hear the smile on his face as his fingers smear the old Thompson magic over the music.
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This is a great album for those that like this sort of thing (I'm quite partial, myself.) However there's no pyrotechnics. Like it says on the box, it's strict tempo - accurately paced renditions of mostly Scottish traditional (or nearly so - let's hear it for Scott Skinner) dance tunes accurate down to the pastiche cover.

Rockin' in Rhythm is excellent, the Knife Edge is the rockiest and I'm very fond of the Burns medley with Dave Mattacks on piano. However a lot of the rest is a bit staid and I feel the guitar sound could do with bulking out with fiddle or accordian. Strictly for fans, I'd have thought.
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If you are a folk music aficionado and don't own this music, well, you should. Perhaps you are in the minority and don't care for Mr Thompson's baritone. Hmmm. Or perhaps you are of a philosophical bent which finds his frequent lyrical mining of the topics of divorce and abandonment to be tiresome if not slightly misogynist (in which case I might venture that you neither know the man nor indeed truly his work). Well, this is for you. It's purely instrumental. And, purely brilliant, like everything he does. If you appreciate astonishing musicianship and/or just great tunage (and don't mind the tasty electric guitar stuff) well for heaven sakes, maybe you need this because you wore out your cassette tape of it in 1987. When you had hair, remember? Wouldn't it be funny if we all bought this at once and made it *chart*? Well, I've done my bit. Now it's all up to you.
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I bought this album when it first came out on vinyl and it has always been one of my most favourite albums.
My vinyl album duly wore out and I can't say how happy I am that I'm able to buy this on CD.
Delivery was excellent as was the price.
If you love brilliant musicianship and are partial to folk, you must buy this CD!!
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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 25 Sept. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I am delighted to see this album re-released. It is a little gem in my view, consisting of instrumental tracks played almost entirely by Thompson himself on a variety of instruments, with Dave Mattacks playing drums (and piano on Ye Banks And Braes.) The music is largely traditional, but played with a real modern zing (although in strict tempo, of course) on electric guitar, mandolin, banjo and other instruments. It is hugely enjoyable from start to finish, and you would have to be made of stone not to smile with pleasure at Rockin' In Rhythm, to name but one.

This isn't what one normally expects from a Richard Thompson album. There are none of the beautifully crafted lyrics, often mournful tunes and distinctive vocals of his self-composed work so if you're looking for that you might be disappointed. What you will get is brilliant playing and truly joyful music and I, for one, love this for what it is - a one-off, different album by a wonderful musician playing music he loves magnificently.
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