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‘Acoustic Classics’ by Richard Thompson - iconic tracks from a master

(July 14, 2014)

So, one of the masters of English folk music releases an acoustic album of back-catalogue and richard_acousticcover_bigAcoustic Classics’ is the result. Nothing new, sometimes different, there’s the ‘same old same old’, the loved, the neglected, and the downright adored - and classics, every one. Fans of Richard Thompson will buy this album just because it’s one more chance to hear iconic tracks from a man who has spent 40 + years driving his presence into the annals of folk music.

These are newly-recorded acoustic tracks, with some subtle changes poured into the mix, while some appear unchanged straight out of the master’s repertoire, songs that could have come from this year or from years ago. Those who relish Thompson’s songs will find the album includes ‘I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight’, ’Wall Of Death’and ‘Down Where The Drunkards Roll’ and they will be totally familiar with every note. There’s also the undeniable classics that many find 'track the years' of their own lives – ‘1952 Vincent Black Lightning’, ‘Beeswing’, ‘From Galway to Graceland’ and ‘Dimming of the Day’.

However you classify this album, an artist 'raiding the years’ for material to release, or a maestro ‘polishing up' some worn but valuable gems, this remains a collection of stunning songs from a man who has contributed immensely to the genre called folk. And whether you’re old enough to know the words to every song or young enough to ask ‘Richard who?’ it matters not - 'Acoustic Classics' remains an album you should go out and buy.

Reviewer: Charlie Elland

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