Richard Thompson - Mock Tudor
Label: Bong Load Custom Records
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP 180 Grm
Has inner lyric sleeve
Records are VG++ close to mint
Cover is VG+ cornerwear bent corner bottom lefft and ringwear ( see our pic)
Style: Folk Rock
Side A: Metroland
1 Cooksferry Queen
3 Bathsheba Smiles
4 Two-faced Love
5 Hard On Me
Side B: Heroes In The Suburbs
1 Crawl Back (Under My Stone)
2 Uninhabited Man
3 Dry My Tears And Move On
4 Walking The Long Miles Home
Side C: Street Cries And Stage Whispers
1 Sights And Sounds Of London Town
2 That's All, Amen, Close The Door
3 Hope You Like The New Me
1 Fully Qualified To Be Your Man
2 Mr. Rebound
Producer– Rob Schnapf, Tom Rothrock
Richard Thompson - Guitar, Vocals, Mandolin, Dulcimer, Hurdy Gurdy, Harmonium.
Teddy Thompson - Guitar, Backing Vocals.
Dave Mattacks - Drums, Percussion.
Danny Thompson - Double Bass.
Atom Ellis - Electric Bass.
Judith Owen - Backing Vocals (4,7).
Mitchell Froom - Keyboards.
Joey Waronker - Extra Drums
Jeff Turmis - Baritone Saxophone.
David McKelsy - Harmonica.
Larry Hall, Charles Davis - Cornets.
Leslie Benedict, Randall Aldcroft - Trombones
What a discovery Richard Thompson was! Simply could not believe the consistent power and quality of this music. Only later did I learn of Richard's long history in the English folk scene, and I have since sampled his earlier work, but Mock Tudor is rock music of the highest order.
The range of expression on guitar goes from nimble-finger picking to power slashing, and Richard's vocals are deep and strong, with words that are sometimes exuberant, often bitter, always literate.
In particular, he dissects the painful contrariness of love with a misfit like himself.
"Cooksferry Queen" is his raucous celebration of the blue-collar alley-girl to whom he will commit himself: "In a town that has no future, that is where my future lies." "Sibella" has a driving beat and guitar solo reminiscent of Neil Young's "Southern Man":
"Bathsheba Smiles" is one of the very best, about a woman wielding immense social power as she works a room.
"Two-Faced Love" is another winning rocker and "Hard On Me" is the hardest-hitting of them all - one has to be in the mood for this.
"Under My Stone" is a sarcastic jab at a former benefactor, slick with resentment, "Riff raff crawling from the slums, right there in front of all your chums...You won't have to introduce me...I'll crawl back under my stone." The closing finger picking electric guitar and organ is subtle, very effective rock.
"Uninhabited Man" is a song of hopeless aching and longing and great beauty. It speaks of the devastation left behind by a love affair so awful that it guts the essence out of a man, leaving him an empty shell unable to respond to a new offer of love.
"I'm left no skill no art, to meet you heart to heart, you'll find no me beneath the skin. And if there's no me then there's no sin." I emphasize the lyrics here not because I think lyrics are so important in rock, but because when the music is this good, lyrics like these elevate it to an even higher plane.
These first seven tracks alone make this a 5-star LP.
The remaining tracks are in a folkier mode, and are excellent, but I gravitate to the rock songs and have less to say about the others. The final track "Hope You Like the New Me" is interesting lyrically, nearly turning "Uninhabited Man" on its head, about a man who has adopted so many of the characteristics of another man that he has stolen his identity.
Richard Thompson - Uninhabited Man - Scottish TV
A truly beautiful song. Amazing. It just strikes a chord with me
Richard Thompson - Bathsheba Smiles - Scottish TV 99
Brilliant RT -- performer, singer, songwriter, the man does no wrong musically
I can't believe no one has done a cover version of this song yet..
Richard Thompson - Cooksferry Queen
Fantastic Performance, everyone totally in the zone!
Richard Thompson - Hard On Me