Still (Ltd Deluxe Edition w/A5 Gloss Art-Card) (2CD)

Richard Thompson

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2
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In Stock
Delivery Estimate
2-5 days
Genre
Folk, Singer Songwriter
Label
Proper Records
Released
June 29, 2015

Format: Compact Disc

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Limited Deluxe Edition includes a bonus-disc with 5-Extra tracks PLUS a Ltd A5 Gloss Art-Card (Signed Art-Cards are now all gone so un-signed card's will now be supplied).


'Still' was recorded in a two-story rehearsal loft in Chicago over the course of just nine days with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy at the helm, backed by several longtime players from both Thompson's and Tweedy's bands. Thompson enlisted Tweedy's production skills in an effort to shake up his own creative approach to making records. "It turned out be really good idea," says Thompson. "Jeff is musically very sympathetic. Although some of his contributions are probably rather subtle to the listener's ear, they were really interesting and his suggestions were always very pertinent."

"I really tried to not have any preconceived ideas," Thompson says of working with Tweedy, "but of course you do. I tried to shove those to the back of my mind. You don't really know until you turn up - what the studio is like, what the gear is like. It ended up being a nice unfolding of surprises."

The key to Still's emotional resonance is a set of gripping new Thompson compositions rich with his signature mix of trenchant insight, gallows humor, and keen empathy for characters at the brink of being overcome by their emotions, their pasts, or themselves.

A recipient of BBC's Lifetime Achievement Award and Mojo's Les Paul Award, Richard Thompson was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2011 New Year Honours List. The Americana Music Association also recently honoured him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting. Robert Plant, REM, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and many others have recorded Thompson's songs.

Taken as a whole, 'Still' is a powerful dispatch from an acknowledged master who remains unafraid to put himself into demanding new environments - its title reflecting that resilience and seemingly endless resourcefulness. "Or," Thompson adds slyly, "it could be read as 'Is he still performing? I thought he died years ago."

Press Quotes

"Water's run deep on folk-rock founding father's 25th post-Fairport Convention LP" (8/10)

Uncut

"Still a folk guitar hero on all fronts... A brilliant, nigh on faultless work"

The Independent (5*)

"Tightly wound - easygoing but uptight; the work of a man still striving for a modest kind of perfection. And - not for the first time - with 'Still' he has almost achieved it."

Uncut (8/10)

"Thompson is still unique"

The Guardian (4*)

"Truly great fun"

Daily Mirror (4*)

"Venerable folk doyen on lively form"

Classic Rock (8/10)

"Still going, still sublime"

Record Collector (3*)

"Richard Thompson has proved once again that he is one of the most talented songwriters and guitarists of the last half century. Still."

God Is In The TV (4½*)

"Bold, proud and with an air of integrity and sophistication missing on so many late-career albums, this kind of LP is a rare beast indeed."

Culture Fly (5*)

"It's got all of his (Thompson's) hallmarks flowing throughout - wonderful guitar playing, some fantastically pithy lyrics - and is clear proof that there's plenty of spark remaining."

Drowned In Sound (7/10)

"Old folk-rocker still going strong… He is a master of the art, with very few equals in both technique and musicality."

The Arts Desk (4*)

"Richard Thompson has a long history of classic albums, and it surely can't be long before Still is considered among the very best of them."

Bright Young Folk

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Key Value
Catalogue number PRPCDX131
Barcode 0805520111317
Number of items 2
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 82g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 140mm x 5mm x 125mm