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Richard and Danny Thompson - Industry (1997) Retail CD
Industry could well be described as a concept or theme album in that the songs lament the loss of Britain's industry in the last two decades of the Twentieth Century. Richard Thompson has often written movingly of the plight of the ordinary working man, a familiar subject in the folk tradition from which Thompson draws much of his inspiration.The painful decline of industry and community is chronicled in songs like "Sweetheart on the Barricades", "Drifting Through the Days" and the deeply moving "Last Shift". The all-too-frequent aftermath of chronic industrial decline and social neglect ismore… the subject of the excellent "Lotteryland".Richard Thompson shares the credit for this album with his friend and long-time collaborator Danny Thompson, whose double bass provides a rich textured background to all the tracks and is strongly featured in several. The prominence of the double bass imparts to Industry more than a touch of jazz and should not be seen merely as a replacement for the electric bass guitar but as a new and exciting element in RT's very own brand of folk-rock. This is most apparent on the instrumentals "Pitfalls" and the oddly titled "Kitty: Tommy, Quick Get up. I can hear...".A host of other musicians are also involved in the album including Steeleye Span's Peter Knight who plays violin on several tracks and whose accompaniment to Richard Thompson's guitar is particularly moving and effective on "Children of the Dark" and "Pitfalls".The lyrics on songs like "Lotteryland", "Last Shift" and "Saboteur" are on a par with the finest of RT's compositions and the listener is left in no doubt as to where Thompson's sympathies lie. The combination of guitar, double bass, saxophone, violin and a variety of woodwind instruments add up to a very full, distinctive sound that is very different from most Richard Thompson albums. The rich combination of instruments give the album a progressive or experimental feel while still retaining the qualities that mark all of Thompson's material. This is probably best illustrated in the instrumental jazz-based track "New Rhythms", which, musically, is one of the most interesting pieces on the album.Industry is one of the most unique albums yet produced by RT and also one of his best. The production is excellent and even the sleeve notes are of superior quality. Industry is an essential part of any Richard Thompson collection and one that should widen his appeal to a larger audience.
|2||Sweetheart on the Barricade|
|3||Children of the Dark|
|5||Kitty "Tommy, Quick! Get Up. I Can Hear Clogs Goin' Up the Street." Tom|
|6||Drifting Through the Days|
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