- Released: August 23, 1999
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: EMI Europe Generic
Rolling Stone - 9/2/99, p.1143.5 stars (out of 5)
- "...Thompson mines the veins that have always replenished him. His melodies recall timeless ballads, while his playing...moves among jazz inventiveness, folk resonance and rock & roll power. He's so deft that his extraordinary originality seems utterly natural..."
Spin - 9/99, p.1937 out of 10
- "...[Thompson] takes time out to school the neo-roots country crowd...while dipping into his catalog of dysfunctional narratives..."
Entertainment Weekly - 8/20-27/99, p.128
"...with a mastery of the [electric guitar] and its vernacular...so complete he pretty much transcends competition..." - Rating: B
Q - 11/99, p.1364 stars out of 5
- "...vintage bile-spilling Thompson....displays his knack for evocative but non-squirmy songs about adolescence....shows he isn't ready to surrender to market forces just yet."
Dirty Linen - 10-11/99, p.57
"...the guitarist's best release in a decade....displays a keen pop sensibility full of distinctive details....a welcome return to form for one of contempoarary music's brightest lights."
Mojo (Publisher) - 9/99, p.100
"...With records as good as this, Richard Thompson cements his reputation as a national treasure."
- 1.Cooksferry Queen
- 3.Bathsheba Smiles
- 4.Two-Faced Love
- 5.Hard On Me
- 6.Crawl Back (Under My Stone)
- 7.Uninhabited Man
- 8.Dry My Tears And Move On
- 9.Walking The Long Miles Home
- 10.Sights And Sounds Of London Town
- 11.That's All, Amen, Close The Door
- 12.Hope You Like The New Me
Personnel: Richard Thompson (vocals, guitar, dulcimer, mandolin, hurdy gurdy, harmonium); Teddy Thompson (guitar, background vocals); David McKelsy (harmonica); Jeff Turmis (baritone saxophone); Larry Hall, Charles Davis (cornet); Leslie Benedict, Randall Aldcroft (trombone); Mitchell Froom (keyboards); Danny Thompson (acoustic bass); Atom Ellis (electric bass); Dave Mattacks (drums, percussion); Joey Waronker (drums); Judith Owen (background vocals).
Recorded at Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood, California.
Personnel: Richard Thompson (vocals, guitar, dulcimer, hurdy-gurdy, mandolin, harmonium); Teddy Thompson (guitar, background vocals); David McKelsy (harmonica); Jeff Big Dad Turmes (baritone saxophone); Larry Hall , Charlie Davis (cornet); Randall Aldcroft, Les Benedict (trombone); Mitchell Froom (keyboards); Danny Thompson (double bass); Atom Ellis (electric bass); Dave Mattacks (drums, percussion); Joey Waronker (drums); Judith Owen (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Rob Schnapf; Tom Rothrock.
Recording information: Capitol Recording Studios, Holl.
Illustrator: Paul Slater.
Photographer: Beth Herzhaft.
MOCK TUDOR is one of Richard Thompson's finest releases in a career that has spanned 30 years. The album was produced by Tom Rothrock and Rob Schnapf, who've worked with Beck and the Foo Fighters. There's a scrappy immediacy to these dozen songs and an earthy quality that's evident as soon as a harmonica joins in the mix on the opening track. Many of the songs chronicle Thompson's time spent growing up in and around London in the '60s. These offerings are fraught with soured romances, lost dreams and scheming hucksters, but always retain a glimmer of hopeful prayer. Though they've never attracted as much attention as his casually innovative guitar playing, Thompson's vocals have always been masterful, and again they dazzle on MOCK TUDOR. Thompson is a genre unto himself, crafting stellar albums one after another. This one is near the top of the list.