Posts Tagged ‘Linda Thompson’

The Thompsons were without a record contract in 1980, when Gerry Rafferty offered to finance an album for them with his “Baker Street” producer Hugh Murphy. The sessions yielded 10 tracks – and Richard later rejected them all. Eighteen months later, though, he and Linda re-recorded six of the 10 songs with producer Joe Boyd as “Shoot Out The Lights”. Rafferty’s Folly, then, offers an alternative version of what became the couple’s final album.

It’s more polished, with more instrumentation – keyboards, Moogs, accordion, simulated strings – compared to the stark Shoot Out The Lights. Other surprises include “Wall Of Death” and “Don’t Renege On Our Love” with Linda on vocals, as well as a beautiful version of Sandy Denny’s “I’m A Dreamer” (later included on Linda’s 1986 comp, Dreams Fly Away).

Both Thompsons have since relaxed their attitude to the Rafferty sessions – Linda has admitted she prefers some of her vocals here. But it wasn’t bundled in with last year’s deluxe edition of Shoot Out…, and for now, it exists only in boot form, including this and Before Joe Could Pull The Trigger, which throws in demos from ’80-’82.


Don’t Renege On Our Love, Back Street Slide , Walking On A Wire , The Wrong Heartbeat , Shoot Out The Lights , For Shame Of Doing Wrong, I’m A Dreamer Written By – Sandy Denny , Modern Woman , Just The Motion , Wall Of Death , Lucky In Life , How Many Times Do You Have To Fall? , Pour Will & The Jolly Hangman , Wall Of Death , Sword Dance / Young Black Cow , I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight .

  • Bass – Dave Pegg
  • Drums – Dave Mattacks
  • Fiddle – Dave Swarbrick 
  • Guitar – Simon Nicol 
  • Guitar, Vocals – Richard Thompson
  • Producer – Gerry Rafferty 
  • Vocals – Linda Thompson

Sound quality: Excellent
See also: One Brave Henry, live folk club gigs from 1973

Recorded September/October 1980, Chipping Norton Studios

Terrific close-ups of Richard Thompson playing and Linda Thompson singing.The drummer is Michael Spencer Arscott
A short-lived touring combo of Richard and Linda Thompson, Dave Pegg, yours truly and Michael Spencer-Arscott playing up a nice steady storm behind the kit. He doesn’t seem to be on FB but members of his family are, back at his home in Bermuda, where he is still in music, seemingly producing but hopefully still keeping his playing chops up.
There are some interesting items in the repertoire, many of which have sadly not been seen or heard since. Hard Luck Stories, Sunnyvista, Don’t Let a Thief etc etc. Simon Nicol should apologise for my stage outfit. I was being post-ironic, channeling my inner Golf-Club Secretary. Honest.
Recorded live at Rockpalast, Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany, 10th January 1980. Richard Thompson, guitar; Linda Thompson, vocals; Simon Nicol, guitar; Dave Pegg, bass; Michael Oscar, drums.

1-1 For Shame Of Doing Wrong
1-2 Strange Affair
1-3 Hard Luck Stories
1-4 Crying In The Rain
Written-By – Carole King, Howard Greenfield
1-5 You’re Gonna Need Somebody
1-6 Pavanne
1-7 Sunnyvista
1-8 Don’t Let A Thief Steal Into Your Heart
1-9 Lonely Hearts
1-10 Sisters
1-11 Civilisation / Pipeline
1-12 Night Comes In
2-1 I’m A Dreamer
2-2 Borrowed Time
2-3 I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight
2-4 No Particular Place To Go


 With such a family history  the Thompsons are one of English Folk’s heritage, acclaimed singer songwriter guitarist Richard Thompson and equally lauded ex wife and vocalist Linda Thompson who released six superb albums from 1973-1982 including the classic “I Want To See the Bright Lights Tonight” then their son Teddy who has released his own albums and daughter Kami who with husband James Wallborne formed  the excellent Folk Rock band “The Rails” last year, so together with other family members nephew Zak Hobbs they have got an new album tilted “Family” a 2 disc set of CD/DVD by the collective band “Thompson” their first output “Careful” with some distinctive Richard Thompson jangly guitar and lush backing harmonies from the other family members, due out 18th November



An intimate look around some of The RAILS  folk influenced harmonies in their favourite London drinking houses, Kami Thompson and husband band member James Walbourne include some sessions and live music featuring songswith friends and band members alike with Edwyn Collins Linda Thompson and Ed Harcourt, their new album”Fair Warning” available on Island Records

check out more from this excellent band


a few days ago I featured the wonderful album by Richard and Linda Thompson, I want to see the Bright Lights Tonight , I found this superb cover from two women that are both amazing performers and songwriters

The Rails are English singer songwriter Kami Thompson youngest daughter of Richard and Linda Thompson and James Walbourne well know guitarist fr his work with Son Vault and most notabaly The Pretenders, reaching deep into their musical heritage a true folk blend since the early seventies, produced with the assistance of Edwyn Collins and featuring Folk Eliza Carthy The Rails debut album ” FAIR WARNING ” with traditonal and original songs

this the album I fell in Love with Linda Thompson’s haunting vocal , today it celebrates being 40 years old, Dark and Brooding It was the first album recorded as a duo with  Richards new bride , recorded in May 1973  but not released until 1974  by Island Records. The Duo recorded a further two more albums together HOKEY POKEY and POUR DOWN LIKE SILVER. Ignored at the time but now considered to be a critical masterpiece

richard and Linda