Richard Thompson Live from Austin, Texas Series

This taping, taken from the popular half-hour Austin City Limits show, was recorded July 2, 2001, and includes all the songs originally broadcast, plus never before heard or seen material from the tapings. Thompson — long considered one of Britain's great songwriters and guitar slingers — shows why here. This intimate set features Thompson playing with long-time bassist Danny Thompson and drummer Michael Jerome. Digitally remastered in 5.1 surround, this DVD is classic Thompson. At 16 tracks, it showcases the former member of folk rock '60s group Fairport Convention's guitar pickin' and mastery of the frets, from the percussive opener ("CooksFerry Queen") to the closer ("Put it There Pal"). (New West, www.newwestrecords.com)