Electric (Richard Thompson album)

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Studio album by
Released11 February 2013 (UK)
5 February 2013 (USA)
RecordedBuddy Miller's house, May 2012
GenreBritish folk rock
LabelProper (UK, Europe)
New West (North America)
ProducerBuddy Miller
Richard Thompson chronology
Cabaret Of Souls
Acoustic Classics

Electric[1] is the fourteenth studio album by Richard Thompson, released in 2013.


The album was recorded in Buddy Miller's home in Nashville in May 2012. Thompson took his stripped down "electric trio" band (himself, bass player Taras Prodaniuk and drummer Michael Jerome) to the sessions. Miller produced, played some rhythm guitar parts and brought in some local players to augment the trio, notably Stuart Duncan and Siobhan Maher Kennedy; the bulk of the recording was finished in two weeks, with Miller overdubbing Alison Krauss's vocal parts on "The Snow Goose" later on.

The tracks were recorded on 16-track tape before being digitized for further manipulation in Pro-Tools.


Following its release, the album peaked at number 16 on the UK Album Chart[2] and number 75 on the Billboard 200,[3] making it the highest charting album of Thompson's career in either country.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Richard Thompson, except "So Ben Mi Ch'a Bon Temp" (written by Vecchi, arranged by Thompson):

  1. "Stony Ground" - 4:42
  2. "Salford Sunday" - 4:08
  3. "Sally B" - 4:04
  4. "Stuck On The Treadmill" - 4:20
  5. "My Enemy" - 5:37
  6. "Good Things Happen To Bad People" - 5:21
  7. "Where's Home" - 3:30
  8. "Another Small Thing In Her Favour" - 5:06
  9. "Straight And Narrow" - 4:13
  10. "The Snow Goose" - 5:06
  11. "Saving The Good Stuff For You" - 3:54

A Deluxe Edition with a bonus disc was also made available; the bonus disc contains four outtakes from the 'Electric' sessions and three additional tracks from other Thompson albums

  1. "Will You Dance, Charlie Boy"
  2. "I Found A Stray"
  3. "The Rival"
  4. "The Tic-Tac Man"
  5. "Auldie Riggs" (from Cabaret Of Souls)
  6. "Auldie Riggs Dance" (from Cabaret Of Souls)
  7. "So Ben Mi Ch'a Bon Tempo" (from 1000 Years of Popular Music)


  • Buddy Miller - mixing, production
  • Mike Poole - recording
  • Ray Kennedy - mastering
  • George Ingram - mastering for vinyl edition


  1. ^ [1] Archived 22 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "RICHARD THOMPSON | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. 19 April 2015. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Richard Thompson - Chart history". Billboard.com. Retrieved 23 April 2015.