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One of the Most Indispensable Compilations of All Time
on February 13, 2017
Richard Thompson is the English equivalent of Neil Young only better. I have wracked my brains since I received this CD to think of a musician who has continually improved over 40 years not to mention those who fell apart in 4 years and I can't think of one.
There are at least 6 songs on this disc that are beyond rating on a 5 point scale and the rest are perfect 5's. I have some versions of these songs on vinyl from back in the Richard and Linda Thompson days and even Richard's solo versions of "Down Where the Drunkards Roll." "Shoot Out The Lights" and the unbearably beautiful "Dimming of Day" are at the very least their matches. "Wall of Death" as performed by Richard himself will never be matched not to mention exceeded.
I have only one other thing to say: 1952 Vincent Black Lightning and Beeswing. If you find more tragically beautiful songs anywhere please let me know
I ordered a second copy just to be on the safe side.
My recommendation: Take the Crown off of Elvis, put it on a plane and ship it to Richard Thompson. The man is truly The King.