I saw the press release for this 3 cd 2 DVD set, and I knew I had to get my hands on it. Who is Richard Thompson I hear you say?

Wikepedia says:

Richard John Thompson, OBE (born 3 April 1949) is an English singer, songwriter, and guitarist.[1]

He made his début as a recording artist as a member of Fairport Convention in September 1967. He continues to write and record new material regularly and frequently performs live at venues throughout the world.

Thompson was awarded the Orville H. Gibson Award for best acoustic guitar player in 1991.[2] Similarly, his songwriting has earned him an Ivor Novello Award[2] and, in 2006, a lifetime achievement award from BBC Radio.[2][3] Many and varied musicians have recorded Thompson’s compositions.[4][5]

This is a factual but hardly satisfying description of one of the absolute giants of the English folk music scene.

The late 70’s and early 80’s saw real music and real musicians decimated by punk. It took a great deal of ‘Metal’ to survive the punk onslaught. Some fled the country, and some played along. One thing was clear, you could not remain stationary.

Live At Rockpalast is a true testament to the state of popular music in the early 80’s.

Richard Thompson did not exactly go ‘rogue’, but he certainly went ‘different’.  He went electric! This CD/DVD set contains two live concerts from 1983 and 1984. Is it the finest work Richard has ever made? The answer is no!

Most fans like him with an acoustic guitar and wearing a beret. But it is also fun to sample what the ‘rocker’ sounds like. I like ‘Tear Stained Letter’ served either way.

Richard went back to his folk roots for a decade and flirted with rock once more with You? Me? Us?.

If you are a fan of Richard Thompson, Live At Rockpalast is a must have!


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