RICHARD THOMPSON – ” The Madness Of Love “

Posted: January 3, 2018 in MUSIC
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The Madness of Love “Some songs deserve to fall off the radar,” wrote Richard Thompson curtly in response to a question on his website about a handful of “lost” tunes he and Linda Thompson debuted back in 1977. The songs in question: “The Madness of...

“Some songs deserve to fall off the radar,” wrote Richard Thompson curtly in response to a question on his website about a handful of “lost” tunes he and Linda Thompson debuted back in 1977. The songs in question: “The Madness of Love,” “King of Love,” “Bird In God’s Garden,” “Rescue Me,” “The Fire In The Garden,” “The Flute Tells The Story.” This material wasn’t entirely lost, though. “Madness of Love” popped up on the out of print rarities cassette , while “Bird In God’s Garden” was re-recorded for Thompson’s collaboration with French, Frith and Kaiser several years later. But the others have indeed slipped of the radar. And I don’t even have all of these tunes for you today – just “Madness of Love,” “Bird In God’s Garden,” and “King of Love,” in addition to “Layla,” which showed up on First Light, all performed live in ‘77. There’s also a long, lovely, “Night Comes In” with Linda taking on lead vocal duties.

It’s all great, unique stuff, deeply influenced by the couple’s time in a Sufi commune in the mid-70s. Islamic Folk-Jazz Rock? Sure, why not? As opposed to, say, Bob Dylan’s fire ‘n’ brimstone Born Again years, Richard’s turn towards religion resulted in mostly good vibrations – these songs are joyful expressions of faith and devotion. Who can’t get behind that? And the playing here is marvelous, with keyboardist Ian Whiteman dueling with Thompson on some extended jams. All in all, a very cool missing chapter in the Richard & Linda Thompson saga!

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The Madness of Love (take 2) After I posted some of Richard & Linda Thompson’s “lost” 1977 tracks, a kind reader supplied me with the complete show from which those tracks came. Even if you grabbed the previous download, you want this – the more I...

This unreleased stuff can stand up with the best of Richard & Linda’s work together. The added “lost” tracks here include “Rescue Me” and “The Fire In The Garden,” both great. There are also excellent versions of “Strange Affair” and “First Light,” both of which would turn up on First Light a bit later. The only weak link is “When I Get To The Border,” which Richard seems to have forgotten how to sing.

Otherwise, a really fabulous set Download

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