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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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  • Audio CD (April 16, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002TXT
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,081 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Razor Dance
2. She Steers By Lightning
3. Dark Hand Over My Heart
4. Hide It Away
5. Put It There Pal
6. Business On You
7. No's Not A Word
8. Am I Wasting My Love On You
9. Bank Vault In Heaven
10. The Ghost Of You Walks
Disc: 2
1. Baby Don't Know What To Do With Herself
2. She Cut Off Her Long Silken Hair
3. Hide It Away
4. Burns Supper
5. Train Don't Leave
6. Cold Kisses
7. Sam Jones
8. Razor Dance
9. Woods Of Darney

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Out-of-print in the US. EMI.


Sometimes even a legend just wants to have fun. Having gradually achieved his lofty position as a titan of British folk-rock and as one of Britain's finest songwriters, period, Richard Thompson allows his instincts as a sublime guitarist to dominate this casually brilliant double album. Separated into distinct electric and acoustic programs, the "voltage-enchanced" Disc 1 gives us generous doses of a rockin' Richard, featuring some of his most extroverted string-bending in years and some terrific songs, capped by "Razor Dance" and an acid "Put It There Pal." On the "nude" second disc, Thompson unplugs to reel off some of the most beautiful guitar filigree and keening acoustic leads imaginable, focusing on a program largely devoted to ballads. As always, his ability to couple timeless musical forms with trenchant commentary gives these songs power--try the closing "Woods of Darney," set during World War I, which combines an antiwar message, a love song, and a ghost story in its concise verses. --Sam Sutherland

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ewomack TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
All Richard Thompson fans must have deeply furrowed brows. Here's this guy who puts out amazing album after amazing album and yet remains bizarrely obscure. Not only that, many of his albums fester in out of print bins. To obtain much of Thompson's work, one must rummage through piles of used CDs or order through online used dealers (true, the internet has greatly facilitated this process in the past five years). Capitol Records didn't help much by dumping Thompson around 1999 and almost immediately removing all his titles from their CD printers. Consequently, 1996's double-disc "You? Me? Us" doesn't show up too much anymore on store shelves. It remains one of Thompson's most elusive albums from his Capitol era.

Similar to most of Thompson's Capitol output, "You? Me? Us?" contains much incredible material along with a few head-scratchers. Disc one, "Voltage Enhaced", contains songs fueled by a full band. The other disc, "Nude" mainly features songs with a more folky or acoustic arrangement and feel. Both contain great material. "Razor Dance" rips in with a satire on back talking and negative gossip. In this dance, the winners hold the most effective insults. The lyrics may evoke some of the ads currently circulating for the 2004 election. "She Steers by Lightning" describes a nightmare ride where the driver uses "Milton as a road map". We all know someone that we'd like to sing "Put it There Pal" to. It spits poison sarcasm from the point of view of the used. The hilarious "Business on You" threatens an object of desire with magic mind-controlling love spells. Listen for the scream before the solo. Very funny. "Bank Vault in Heaven" lumbers in with one of Thompson's weightiest beats. It almost sounds grunge. Disc one's closer, "The Ghost of You Walks" is one of Thompson's best songs.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By jgc on January 31, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Every time I start thinking that maybe the world is a beautiful place after all and that things eventually make a wondrous sort of sense, I remind myself that Richard Thompson has yet to reach a wide audience, and I must admit the universe is a dark, cold void in which we are all hopelessly doomed. That is the only way I can explain such injustice. Will the public please start picking up on this guy, so I can stop worrying about him and get on with my life?
'You? Me? Us?' has a lousy title, and is packaged in a rather overblown way -- two CDs (acoustic and electric), when it probably could have fit on a single disk. I guess this was a bid to make it seem like a big statement, definitive, just through sheer physical heft. It wasn't necessary, because this is a typically excellent Thompson album. Tracks like "Bank Vault in Heaven," "Dark Hand Over My Heart," "The Ghost of You Walks" -- these are more than good songs. They're beautiful, ferocious, heartbreaking. This isn't the work of some amusing, reliable minor craftsman; this is the work of a world-class artist whose songwriting belongs in the pantheon with Lennon, Dylan, Young, and Reed, and whose electric guitar can kick doors down. Please, buy this album before the damn thing goes out of print.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By bob turnley on July 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Here's how it goes. You see a Thompson double album and your expectations go through the roof. Upon first listening you say this isn't first class Thompson. But then upon third or fourth listening, when the songs start to sink in to your soul, you realize this is very, very good. On most of his albums I like almost all the songs and love one or two. On You, Me, Us I love Burns Supper. I love The Ghost of You Walks. I love Dark Hand. And there's just so much more. And by splitting the electric and acoustic material on seperate discs, it really is like two albums for the price of one. What more could you ask for?
For me, if Thompson never reaches these artistic heights again, I will be satisfied with You, Me, Us.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Greg Benson on January 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I seem to be in the minority, but I loved this album on first listen, and time hasn't doused my enthusiasm. I'm in favor of the two-CD concept of separating the acoustic from the "voltage enhanced." The listener can then select the disc to suit his mood. I usually choose the acoustic one, not only because it comes closest to the live RT experience, but also because it's got some pieces that rank with his all-time best. (Quite an assessment, I know.) "Sam Jones" is vintage Dark, Wry Richard; "Hide it Away" deals with an old theme in a new and beautiful way; "She Cut off Her Long Silken Hair" takes its time to describe an everyday occurrence so mournfully that you'd think someone died; and "Woods of Darney" may be the greatest ballad I've ever heard, a feature length movie in a five-minute song. Those who cherish RT's acoustic guitar and his slower, moodier songs shouldn't overlook this album. The other disc is like any other RT album: solid songwriting and razor-sharp musicianship. As for the production: Froom has botched a few albums in his day, but this isn't one of them. Even Phil Spector couldn't have ruined "You? Me? Us?". I've even got the T-shirt!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frank Smith on May 7, 2011
Format: Audio CD
It seems that Richard Thompson fans are deeply divided over You? Me? Us? It's an album where folks are either in the love it or hate it camp. The debate over Mitchell Froom's continual handling of production duties raged especially loudly at the time. But you know You? Me? Us? song for song and as an entire work is a tremendous feather in the cap of both Thompson and Froom. Sure, the album doesn't contain as many of Richard Thompson's fiery guitar solos, but it's the tunes man that count and they are all great. I like the fact that whether its the Voltage Enhanced disc or the balladry of the Nude disc this is a more restrained, measured for effect set of songs. Thompson's singing has never sounded better than on You? Me? Us? The lyrics contain some of his pithiest lines. I absolutely love Razor Dance (both versions), Hide it Away, Put it There Pal, The Ghost of You Walks, She Cut Her Long Silken Hair, Hide it Away, Cold Kisses, Woods of Darney etc. You? Me? Us? features a killer, great band with the following playing on various tracks: Simon Nicol (guitar), Jerry Scheff (electric bass), Jim Keltner and Pete Thomas (drums), Mitchell Froom (keyboards), Danny Thompson (acoustic bass), Suzie Katayama (cello), Sid Page (violins), Tchad Blake (guitars), Christine Collister (vocals) and Teddy Thompson (vocals). I think the two short CDs, with one more electric and the other acoustic works beautifully. The album comes with especially nice packaging, including a booklet with all the lyrics to the songs. If you truly dig Richard Thompson, You? Me? Us? must be in your collection.
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