Richard Thompson :: Dream Attic


Het muzikale leven van Richard Thompson blijft een grote ontdekkingsreis. Het begon met Fairport Convention, gevolgd door de platen die hij met zijn vrouw Linda maakte en hoewel hij nu 61 is blijft ook zijn solocarrière een aaneenschakeling van hoogtepunten. Deze nieuwe, Dream Attic, met dertien nieuwe nummers, heeft hij met zijn band live opgenomen tijdens een achtdaagse tournee door het Westen van Amerika. Thompson is een van de beste en meest avontuurlijke gitaristen die er rondloopt en ook in hoe hij in zijn liedjes de toestand in de wereld becommentarieert, kent hij zijn gelijke niet. Een waanzinnige CD, ook verkrijgbaar als dubbelaar met als extra de akoestische demoversies van de nummers.

Richard Thompson, one of the most distinguished guitarists and songwriters of our time, returns with Dream Attic, a magnificent collection of 13 new songs. Penned during a short and inspired burst of creative outpouring, Thompson captured the awesome energy of his live show by recording the album in front of an audience. “I don’t think musicians playing on their own are particularly interesting, it’s only when they play in front of an audience that something interesting happens,” Thompson said in an interview at the show. The songs were performed during a West Coast tour in February of this year, and the bulk of the performances that made the album come from three shows at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.
No artist to emerge in the second half of the ’60s has gone on to have a more productive and vital career than Richard Thompson. The England-born, L.A.-based artist has amassed an astounding body of work comprising more than 40 albums, containing artfully shaped material that seamlessly and expressively integrates traditional and contemporary modes. And Thompson is among the most distinctive of guitar virtuosos, capable of breathtaking drama and sublime delicacy, prompting Rolling Stone to hail him as “a perennial dark-horse contender for the title of greatest living rock guitarist.”
What Thompson found around that bend is Dream Attic, comprising 13 new songs penned by the artist specifically for the project during an inspired-three-month outpouring. The twist was that the material was recorded in real time during a series of West Coast shows earlier this year with the latest lineup of the artist’s electric band—Pete Zorn (guitars, flute, sax, mandolin), Michael Jerome (drums), Taras Prodaniuk (bass) and Joel Zifkin (violin, mandolin). The record was produced by Thompson and Simon Tassano, the latter handling the remote recording and subsequent mix, vividly capturing the inspired interaction of the players.

A special limited edition two-disc set containing a second disc of all 13 demos and a double-vinyl edition will also be released by Proper on August 30th.

The Money Shuffle
Among the Gorse, Among the Grey
Haul Me Up
Burning Man
Here Comes Geordie
Demons in Her Dancing Shoes
Big Sun Falling in the River
Stumble On
Sidney Wells
A Brother Slips Away
Bad Again
If Love Whispers Your Name




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