Richard Thompson – Unplugged

Read about Richard Thompson’s new acoustic classics album

“Richard has a major hat full of songs and glove full of fingers that I would envy were it not a deadly sin”. – ELVIS COSTELLO


The first time I saw Richard Thompson perform was at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2008.  He was playing at the second largest stage at Jazzfest, in front of a huge crowd.  I remember saying to my son at the time how impressed I was that one solitary man with a lone acoustic guitar could command that level of attention.  The reason that Thompson can of course is a testament to his intricate song-writing and his even more intricate guitar playing.  That day is still perfectly etched in my memory.

Acoustic Classics, a collection of newly recorded Richard Thompson songs, features fourteen tracks culled from his forty plus year music career.  The new album contains re-imagined and refined versions of some of his best work as a songwriter including “I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight,” “Dimming of the Day,” “1952 Vincent Black Lighting” and “Beeswing.”
Like his acoustic live performances, Acoustic Classics displays Thompson’s incomparable guitar playing as the San Francisco Weekly proclaimed in a recent live review “Those 10 fingers can wring an orchestra’s worth of dynamics from one acoustic guitar, plucking brisk, ornate leads on the high strings while the growl of the bass ones shakes the room.”



Track List

1. I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight
2. Walking On A Wire
3. Wall Of Death
4. Down Where The Drunkards Roll
5. One Door Opens
6. Persuasion
7. 1952 Vincent Black Lightning
8. I Misunderstood
9. From Galway to Graceland
10. Valerie
11.  Shoot Out The Lights
12. Beeswing
13. When The Spell Is Broken
14. Dimming Of The Day


Read about Richard Thompson’s new acoustic classics album




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Author: Rob Dickens

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  1. Thanks. Reading down the song list shows how great a writer he is .., these songs will last. Regards Thom.

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    • Hi Thom. Thanks for the note. Yes, he’s a fine songwriter alright and to my mind unique – wry observations and English humour mixed in with tremendous melodies. Always a lot to uncover. Cheers.

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