RT: The Life and Music of Richard Thompson
is a box set
by Richard Thompson
, released in February 2006.
This box set
gives an extensive overview of Thompson's long career without including content from any of his mainstream albums.
While many of the songs included will be familiar to Thompson fans, the actual tracks are mostly live and nearly all previously unreleased, and the arrangements are often different from those of the original recording. Thompson himself granted the compilers access to his personal archives of recordings and photos, and other collectors of Thompsonia (most notably American record producer
Edward Haber) also contributed to the set. Thompson retained (and exercised) the right of veto over any aspect of the set.
Of particular interest are live tracks by Richard and Linda Thompson
(including a few fromthe 1982 "tour from hell"), songs demoed for his first solo album Henry The Human Fly
as well as several of Thompson's comic songs ("Madonna's
Wedding" and his lampooning of Janet Jackson's infamous breast baring moment at the Super Bowl) and several songs that Thompson himself has never released.
The set also includes a 168 page book - consisting of a biography, an exclusive interview and track notes – and a reproduction of a Vincent motorcycle catalogue (a reference to Thompon’s best loved song “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”). As with the actual track selection Thompson had input into the book and was involved in the......