Thursday, February 5, 2015

Favorite Richard Thompson Guitar Solo




Where does one begin? Well, if you're not familiar with Richard Thompson's music, or specifically in this case, his guitar playing, then to quote the great Mike Reno of Loverboy, "You better start from the start."

I, other the hand, picked two to get the ball rolling and the first one up top, "Hard On Me," has not one, but TWO mind-boggling solos.






What are your choices?

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Both are great, but love the one on Mock Tudor - a very fine album, indeed. I see you are listening to the new Dylan - thoughts? Also have you checked out Rich Robinson's solo album from last year? Very good.

Thanks.

Andy

soundsource said...

Shoot Out The Lights, Calvary Cross (live versions particularly) and Night Comes In (live as well). Oh Yeah Sloth

Anonymous said...

The live version of Can't Win on Watching The Dark

ReelMusic said...

RT's prowess on the guitar is undeniable and, like all great guitarists, his fretwork is signature. But whenever I jones for some of his amazing playing I almost inevitably end up with the live acoustic albums, Celtschmerz and The Chrono Show, both of which are astounding.

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buzzbabyjesus said...

I'm all for "Shoot Out The Lights", and "Calvary Cross".

I nominate "Hokey Pokey" for the four, count'em, f-o-u-r, short but insane solos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4oEgkuYX2s

And I love his mandolin solo on John Martyn's "Over The Hill".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ycxq1oj3hcY&list=RDYcxq1oj3hcY#t=0

I deleted the last one because of link failure.

Northing said...

took my wife to see RT at the Roxy for her first time. After "Hard on Me" she was a fan

Bill said...

I second the live version of Can't Win on Watching the Dark. It's amazing to think that's one person playing the guitar. And I love how the solo on A Love You Can't Survive builds and builds.

Acoustically, Celtschmerz is indeed astounding. I'd single out Turning of the Tide and When the Spell Is Broken as two highpoints.

Joelhb53 said...

How can you pick just one?

Jeff in Denton TX said...

"Shoot Out the Lights" is essential, of course. I also like the work in "Put It There, Pal."
http://youtu.be/Bl0Ybw_iFxw

Anonymous said...

RT's one of the few guitarists who have distinctive styles on both electric and acoustic, so you've gotta pick at least 2.

So, probably... Cavalry Cross (any live version) and, hmm, let's say Al Bowlly's in Heaven.

Anonymous said...

Every solo is his best solo.

Capt. Al

Mark Pollock said...

I'm late to the party, but Night Comes In from the live Richard & Linda is phenomenal, and Can't Win is right there. His sole on the latter at Chicago's Orchestra Hall on the first leg of his Electric tour (sadly, I have no recording) was the most transcendent guitar solo I've ever heard in person.

Anonymous said...

My Fav. RT Live - Hard on me.
St. Paul, Fitzgerald Theatre 6_11_07

Anonymous said...

I could spend all day on this one - and thankfully, someone has already picked the Can't Win live version from the Bayou Club that's on Watching the Dark so I can move to another choice. There's a live version of Put it There Pal on a CD single that comes with The Old Kit Bag that is killer!

Why is this stuff always buried somewhere hard to find?

Here's the CD single
http://eil.com/shop/moreinfo.asp?catalogid=274112

Best solo not on his on album? His solo on Mike Heron's Flowers of the Forest is pretty tasty!

Atlas