Guitar virtuoso Richard Thompson of Fairport Convention joins hosts Jim and Greg in the studio for an interview and live performance. Later, Jim and Greg review the new album by fellow guitar rocker Jack White of The White Stripes.
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Richard Thompson is a rock survivor, and with each decade comes a new successful era--whether it's Fairport Convention in the 1960’s, with Linda Thompson in the '70s or as a solo artist. (You can check out producer, Joe Boyd, talking about Thompson & Fairport Convention here.) In fact, he's one of only a handful of artists, along the likes of Bob Dylan and Neil Young, who have sustained a high level of artistic intensity and integrity since the '60s. And to further set him apart, he's one of few guitar heroes from that generation without an obvious debt to the blues. Instead, you'll hear blends of Eastern tones, jazz, Scottish balladry and Celtic folk. Jim and Greg agree he's one of the most underrated guitarists and songwriters in folk history and would urge acts like Mumford & Sons to "Listen and Learn." The first step would be to study his live performance, which includes a gem from the "Capitolyears," the yet to be released "Fergus Lang," and the Richard and Linda classic "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight." Plus, check out the bonus track, Greg's request, "Dimming of the Day," which may be his most beautiful love song to date.
Jack White has just released his second solo album, Lazaretto. Jim and Greg both loved the previous solo album Blunderbuss, because it distinguished White's solo work from his other various projects like The White Stripes, The Raconteurs & The Dead Weather. Jim thinks that Lazaretto is very similar to Blunderbuss, and that's a good thing. The hooks are there, the melange of genres; garage rock, blues, gospel are there, and his guitar playing is as good as ever. Jim gives Lazaretto a Buy It rating. Greg thinks the album is very good as well, but wishes there was more of a departure sonically from Blunderbuss. He thinks Jack White has more sounds up his sleeve wishes he showcased them more on Lazaretto. As a result, Greg gives the album a Try It rating.
Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, "(I've Got A) Golden Ticket," Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (Music From The Original Soundtrack Of The Paramount Picture), Paramount Records, 1973
Fairport Convention, "Matty Groves," Liege & Lief, Island, 1969, (0:40)
The Shadows, "Apache," Single, Columbia, 1960
Richard Thompson, "1952 Vincent Black Lightning," Rumor and Sigh, Capitol, 1991
Richard Thompson, "I Misunderstood (Live on Sound Opinions)," Rumor and Sigh, Capitol, 1991
Richard Thompson, "The Knife Edge," Strict Tempo!, Elixir, 1981
Richard Thompson, "Straight and Narrow," Electric," Proper Records, 2013
Fairport Convention, "Meet on the Ledge," What We Did On Our Holidays, Island, 1969
Richard and Linda Thompson, "The Calvary Cross," In Concert, November 1975, Island, 2007
Richard Thompson, "Oops I Did It Again," 1000 Years of Popular Music, Beeswing, 2003
Richard Thompson, "Fergus Lang (Live on Sound Opinions)," Unreleased, Unreleased, 2014
Richard and Linda Thompson, "Don't Renege On Our Love," Shoot Out the Lights, Hannibal, 1982
Richard Thompson, "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (Live on Sound Opinions)," I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight, Island, 1984
Richard Thompson, "I Feel So Good," Rumor and Sigh, Capitol, 1991
The Beatles, "Any Time at All," A Hard Day's Night, Capitol, 1964
Todd Snider, "America's Favorite Pastime," The Excitement Plan, Continental, 2009
Danny Kaye, "DODGERS Song" Baseball's Greatest Hits, Rhino, 1989
Real Estate "Easy" Days, Domino, 2011
Archie Bell & the Drells, "Tighten Up," Tighten Up, DBK Works, 1968
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