Richard Thompson Rumor and Sigh Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid Stereo SACD
Richard Thompson Rumor and Sigh on Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity!
Mastered From Original Master Tapes!
Strictly Limited to 2000 Numbered Copies!
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The Most Cohesive and Accessible Album of Richard Thompson's Career:
Brilliantly Diverse, Savagely Witty Rumor and Sigh Includes All TIME 100 Song
"1952 Vincent Black Lightning"
Richard Thompson manages all of his usual superhuman feats on Rumor and Sigh.
Rippled, vibrant guitar lines that sound like they're coming from four guitars?
Check. Lyrics that expose the delicate quirks of human behavior in witty,
truthful manners? Here. Engaging vocals that arrive as if they are sung only to
you, the words doubling as whispered thoughts in your own head? Yep. But Rumor
and Sigh goes further by featuring astute, lively production and well-planned
arrangements ranking the 1991 album as one of the – if not the most – cohesive
and accessible efforts of Thompson's storied career. And now, courtesy of Mobile
Fidelity, it's his best-sounding record.
Mastered from the original master tapes and strictly limited to 2000 numbered
copies, this hybrid SACD breathes with an effervescent openness that makes the
music emerge with a livelier sheen, standout dynamics, and unstoppable energy.
This definitive digital edition makes it immediately evident Rumor and Sigh
ensures as a very special album – a cohesive, varied, and fun set spiked with
some of Thompson's finest compositions and an exoticism that extends to the
modest use of the hurdy-gurdy, mandolin, concertina, and crumhorn.
Casual fans will likely even recognize the Mitchell Froom-produced release
includes the incomparable "1952 Vincent Black Lightning," a motorcycle-based
tale of desire, love, and death rightly recognized by TIME magazine as one of
its All TIME 100 songs. It, and the other 13 tracks, takes on newfound radiance
that showcases the brilliant range of Thompson's instrumentation and tone. You
could plug in a guitar amplifier right next to you, connect a Fender, and strum.
Yet you still wouldn't have the depth, intimacy, and detail afforded by this
audiophile edition. It's that remarkable.
So is the diversity of the album's sonic signatures and themes. Opener "Read
About Love" provides an electric-start jolt, its upbeat tempos, shimmering
accents, and massive hooks framing Thompson's amusing story of an inexperienced
introvert that applies pop-culture ideas of romance to the real thing. The
master wordsmith finds similar ironies in the mischievous intent of "I Feel So
Good," a Celtic-flavored tune whose uplifting emotions contrast with the
character's out-of-control desires. Humor further wriggles in the jaunty "Psycho
Street" and spirited "Don't Sit on My Jimmy Shands," an enduring tribute to the
Scottish accordionist and the pursuit of collecting rare 78 records.
The singer-songwriter's knack for accentuating biting contrast – and for delving
into darker regions where jealousy, bitterness, and self-deprecation reside –
pervades Rumor and Sigh in the same manner his band shades his every move with
narrative skill. Just listen to the faint keyboard cues on "I Misunderstood" or
Jim Keltner's crisp, hi-hat cracks on "You Dream Too Much." Of course, everyone
stands aside for the folk-leaning "1952 Vincent Black Lightning," a solo tour de
force of musicianship and lyricism that confirms Rumor and Sigh survives not
only as one of the finest records of the 1990s – but one of the best platters of
the last three decades.
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Strictly Limited to 2000 Numbered Copies
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on
most conventional CD Players!
• Mastered From Original Master Tapes
1. Read About Love
2. I Feel So Good
3. I Misunderstood
4. Grey Walls
5. You Dream Too Much
6. Why Must I Plead
7. 1952 Vincent Black Lightning
8. Backlash Love Affair
9. Mystery Wind
10. Don't Sit On My Jimmy Shands
11. Keep Your Distance
12. Mother Knows Best
13. God Loves A Drunk
14. Psycho Street