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Richard Thompson-Live at Celtic Connection [Blu-ray]
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This show from January 25th, 2011, recorded in Scotland after almost a year of steady touring that began in February 2010 (recorded as the album Dream Attic), consisting of two parts, new songs (played here in the same order as the album) and a selection of old favorites, is pretty much the same as what I heard at the start of the tour in Seattle, except that 2 songs from that earlier recording are missing ("Crimescene" and "Bad Again"). Although I can't remember the exact set list from the excellent, more stretched out second half, it sounds similar. The band is the same (really good, with Taras Prodaniuk on bass, and Joe Zifkin on violin and mandolin, joining RT's old reliable multi-instrumentalist Pete Zorn and drummer Michael Jerome), and the songs are clearly well known by this point, so what we get to hear probably makes RT really happy. It makes the fans happy too.
For any Richard Thompson fan this is a must have DVD (since the killer second set isn't part of Dream Attic, and their performance of "Can't Win" is worth the price of admission alone). Film (high def, sharp and clear) and sound quality is top notch, and the performance seems to be a special one as well. I admit, seeing them here on DVD is even better than it was live.
As a bonus we get two solo acoustic performances, one of my favorites - "Uninhabited Man", and the other the appropriately Celtic, "Johnny's Far Away", to a large enthusiastic crowd at the Cambridge Folk Festival - 1/19/11. Great stuff.
Mr. Thompson is still at the top of his game here, with some terrific new material (although probably going on 2 years old by now) and a great backing band. His skill and sensitivity on guitar are second to none, and his songwriting skills are also top notch-- a rare combination!
His backing band is also terrific and is allowed significant time during the show to show off their skills as well.
Overall, if you're a RT fan, this video will not disappoint! My only (minor) complaint is if I were the video editor, I would have lingered more on Richard and the other performers more during their solos, rather than feel the need to cut away to a different "shot" every 10 - 15 seconds or so. If someone (especially RT) is doing a killer solo, stay with that for a while until it wraps up, then cut to another shot! Perhaps a minor complaint, but if Richard is soloing, I want to watch him, NOT the drummer for Pete's sake!
Overall, a five star performance and a 4 star video disc.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
.R.T. is a treasured musician but I'm not a big fan of Celtic music. It was worth sampling though.Published 7 days ago by jesse n
It took me a couple times watching this concert DVD to enjoy it. Seems the room was a bit big and the audience perhaps too stiff or too far away from RT for him to engage... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Richard Thompson live is always a good show. I loved it.Published 10 months ago by allen christenson
There's none better. RT is an unending stream of original music who never ceases to amaze. Not to be missedPublished 12 months ago by Dwersh
Great playing, great sound, great songs. What more could you want?Published 16 months ago by Estring
"Live at Celtic Connections" is everything we have come to expect from Richard Thompson: instrumental virtuosity, intelligent lyrics and wicked humor in between songs. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Paul H. Henning