for April 21, 2003
ALTROK Ordinals 47
Richard Thompson - The Old Kit Bag (Cooking Vinyl/spinART)
Richard's first album of new material since 1999's "Mock Tudor" and his
first since leaving the world of major labels finds him sounding much more
like his old self. Recorded in a straighforward, stripped-down manner, with
a bare bones band (bass, drums, and backing vocals), he has made what is
probably his most endearing album in many years. Without the burden of a
major label budget, production and expectations he was afforded the chance
to make a record he wanted to make, the way he wanted to make it. While
he's avoided any of the "Wow!" guitar solos that appeared on most of his
major label records, there is still plenty of amazing guitar playing going
on. His songwriting is, as usual, top shelf and with the more subdued
recording approach you can actually hear it all. Plenty of hightlights in
the 12 tracks on "The Old Kit Bag". Having just seen him play an
invite-only, solo acoustic show at the intimate Fez in NYC, I can say that
he's in great form. If you get a chance, be sure to catch him on the
upcoming tour with the band. And if you're jonesin' for some classic
Richard Thompson electric guitar histrionics, be sure to pick up the
soundtrack to the NBC program "Crossing Jordan". It includes Richard doing
a 9 minute version of Donovan's "Season Of The Witch" complete with some
over the top guitar slingin'.
(Ordinals appear by the courtesy of Jeff Raspe.)
All material ©2001-2014 Sean Carolan, except as noted.
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