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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 ... Read more in Amazon's Richard Thompson Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 31, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shout Factory!
  • ASIN: B003NYVYB4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,224 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Money Shuffle
2. Among the Gorse, Among the Grey
3. Haul Me Up
4. Burning Man
5. Here Comes Geordie
6. Demons in Her Dancing Shoes
7. Crimescene
8. Big Sun Falling in the River
9. Stumble On
10. Sidney Wells
11. A Brother Slips Away
12. Bad Again
13. If Love Whispers Your Name

Editorial Reviews

Richard Thompson, one of the most distinguished guitarists and songwriters of our time, returns with Dream Attic, a collection of 13 brand-new songs recorded in front of a live audiences during a February 2010 West Coast tour. By recording Dream Attic on stage, Thompson was able to capture the interaction between himself and his band members, who between them add acoustic guitar, mandolin, violin, sax, bass and drums into the mix. Throughout, listeners are treated not only to phenomenal musicianship, but also a typically diverse and strong set of new songs.

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This album makes perfect sense.
Mark Twang
I don't know what music you're listening to, but I will go out on a limb and say that this is almost certainly better!
A very good live album, with brilliantly-clear sound that is above the quality of most live albums.
Stephen Foster

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twang on September 2, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This album makes perfect sense. Thompson has never cared for fussy studio production and excels in a live setting, so why not record new material in front of an audience? The recording is excellent, the arrangements are clear and the songs are as strong as any set he's produced in his solo career.

Thompson's songwriting is always masterful at worst. I'd quibble that around the mid-80s he began to repeat himself, as if trying to perfect a certain template. So you get lots of variations on love gone wrong songs, the jaunty, the morose, the false friends songs, the social broadsides. Any classics here? "Sidney Wells" might be his best serial killer song ever. Thompson's scansion is razor sharp, the irony delicious, the rhythm propulsive, the guitar outro ferocious. It's one helluva story song. There seem to be even more songs than usual informed by British folk traditions in structure, style and rhythm. That hasn't always worked ("MGB-GT") but here the musical anachronisms mesh perfectly with the almost all electric rock band. Drummer Michael Jerome, forceful and versatile, has proven himself to be an invaluable asset in recent years.

And if it's Thompson's brilliant, scalding guitar playing you're hankering for, you will not be disappointed. For myself, some of Thompson's studio albums don't have enough guitar ("Mock Tudor", "Amnesia"). But for a gray bearded geezer his playing has been fiercely reinvigorated of late, and there's some breathtaking stuff here. The addition of Joel Zifkin on violin gives Thompson a versatile foil in many arrangements, their interplay on the haunting "Burning Man" is terrific. Some reviewers have complained the set doesn't rock hard enough, but it seems as even handed as any Thompson effort, and in fact rocks harder than most.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By D. russell on September 2, 2010
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Do yourself a favor and order the two disc deluxe edition from Amazon UK- only a few dollars more and worth every cent.Disc two contains accoustic demos of the songs on the main disc.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Foster VINE VOICE on September 8, 2010
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A very good live album, with brilliantly-clear sound that is above the quality of most live albums. I attended the "rehearsal" concert in Seattle and can report that the album sounds significantly better than that live concert did, both in the songs' tightness and the sound quality (and I was there in the front row, looking right up His Nostrils). The band is all together and trying to deliver to the audience, but on the CD that audience is only apparent for a few seconds at the end of each song. It's about the most minimal "live" album I've ever heard, with all of the crowd's spirit inspiring the band, while remaining almost inaudible. Well, would you rather hear an enthusiastic crowd, or RT?

It's mostly an upbeat, rocking album, but with something for everyone. I see complaints here that it's not more rockin', but different times of the day call for different moods, and there's a Richard Thompson for all of them. At a concert, the rockers rule, as they should. This album has plenty, and the changed lineup here is tight and fast. But sometimes (most times actually) I prefer the slow, morose and miserable RT, like "King of Bohemia" and especially "Taking My Business Elsewhere." There are a couple of tracks here that add to that prime morose lexicon, like "If Love Whispers Your Name", even though the optimistic lyrics don't sound anything like the Richard Thompson we know and love.

I only have the single album, and am currently suffering real buyer's remorse for not splashing on the double album, containing acoustic "demos" of all the songs. Now I'm probably going to have to buy the damn thing twice.

[Quick update: I quickly splashed on the double album, and the second album is acoustic versions of the same songs with (probably) the same band.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By applewood on September 9, 2010
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Having seen Thompson and Band at the first show of this West Coast tour this past winter I knew these songs were going to be good, (what I'm glad to discover now is how good they sound recorded and mixed). What I'd forgotten in the intervening months is how good the band played and how well the new songs fit into his vast body of work... this is classic RT, like he has sounded for....well, several decades now. It is amazing how, that for such a stellar songsmith and guitar player, he always seems to sound best live. And in this case the way he wrote an album's worth of new material, rehearsed it (with his capable/affable band of comrades) and hit the road to record it for the first time, shows us he is one of us, needing to stretch his dollars as much as he can, find a new way to make and share music. And it shows his total confidence in his art.

My favorite songs here are Demons In Her Dancing Shoes (Backstreet Slide-ish), Big Sun Falling In The River (pop perfection), Stumble On (an obligatory RT mellow lost-love song in the vein of I Still Dream), Sidney Wells (a Johnny's Far Away sounding jig about a creepy killer, propelled by killer manic sopranino sax playing from Zorn), and If Love Whispers Your Name (yet another lost-love song....with an extended, intense, building guitar solo - classic RT!).

This isn't new ground musically, but for any Richard Thompson fan that's just fine.
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Two-disk version
I hope so! Strange that it's not offered on his site either. I'm gonna give another week before I pre-order on Don't know if the deluxe version is a limited run or not, but I'd rather be safe than sorry!
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