R&L Thompson “Lights” Gets 2CD Reish

 

Timeless 1982 classic
is now augmented by 11-song bonus disc, extensive booklet.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

With Richard Thompson’s new live album (of all new material,
no less) Dream Attic hitting the bins
this week and Thompson also prepping for a tour with his band that will run
from Oct. 2 into the first week of November, word also arrives of the impending
Deluxe Edition reissue of Thompson’s landmark album Shoot Out The Lights, originally released in 1982 by Thompson and
his then-life Linda. Rhino Handmade drops it on Oct. 12 and the remastered
released will now boast a bonus CD featuring 11 unreleased live performances
from the tour that the duo embarked upon shortly after its release.

 

Here are the details, courtesy Rhino:

 

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The circuitous path of Shoot Out the Lights began in 1980 when
Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty-who’d toured with the Thompsons that
year-produced and financed the album, hoping it would earn the unsigned couple
a new record contract. Failing to secure a record deal, the album was
eventually shelved.

 

The Thompsons persevered, signing
with producer Joe Boyd’s independent Hannibal Records the following year. They
quickly returned to the studio with several musicians from the Rafferty
sessions-guitarist Simon Nicol, drummer Dave Mattacks, and bassist Pete
Zorn-and rerecorded six songs from the previous sessions plus two new songs. In
contrast to the drawn-out sessions with Rafferty, Boyd recorded the album live
in just three days, an approach that highlighted the band’s spontaneity and
gave the songs a palpable edge. In the reissue’s liner notes Zorn quips: “The
album’s so good, we did it twice!”  

 

The release and a planned U.S. tour were
put on hold until 1982 to give Linda time to recover from the birth of the
couple’s third child. Sadly, when the tour finally began that spring, the
Thompsons’ marriage was over.

The bonus disc documents the tumultuous tour with 11 unreleased live
performances, all but one taken from shows in San Francisco
and Santa Cruz, California. The songs draw from the
Thompsons’ records together, including three from the album, “Back Street
Slide,” “Did She Jump Or Was She Pushed?” and the title track; “Borrowed Time”
from Sunnyvista (1979); “Pavanne” from First Light (1978); and
“For Shame Of Doing Wrong,” “Dargai,” and “Dimming Of The Day” from Pour
Down Like Silver
(1975). Several covers are also featured: Hank Williams’
“Honky Tonk Blues,” “I’m A Dreamer” by Fairport Convention singer Sandy Denny,
and Bob Dylan’s “I’ll Keep It With Mine,” a song Richard covered with Fairport
Convention on 1969’s What We Did On Our Holidays.

 

The set’s accompanying 40-page
booklet includes details about the album and tour from Richard, Linda, the
band, and Boyd, who recalls the fraught tour: “Linda kicked Richard in the
shins during a guitar solo in Providence and
threw a bottle at him in the Buffalo
airport, but sang with an intensity I’d never heard before. Gone was the
hesitant tone; the heartbreaking ballads poured out of her and mesmerized
audiences. The band, meanwhile, kept their heads down and amazed the Yanks with
their precision and power. Richard was his usual genius self, only more so.”

 

 

Track Listing

 

Disc 1

1.       “Don’t Renege On Our Love”

2.       “Walking On A Wire”

3.       “A Man In Need”

4.       “Just The Motion”

5.       “Shoot Out The Lights”

6.       “Back Street Slide”

7.       “Did She Jump Or Was She Pushed?”

8.       “Wall Of Death”

 

Disc 2 – Live

1.       “Dargai”*

2.       “Back Street Slide”*

3.       “Pavanne”*

4.       “I’ll Keep It With Mine”*

5.       “Borrowed Time”*

6.       “Did She Jump Or Was She Pushed?”*

7.       “I’m A Dreamer”*

8.       “Honky Tonk Blues”*

9.       “Shoot Out The Lights”*

10.   “For Shame Of
Doing Wrong”*

11.   “Dimming Of
The Day”*

*Previously Unissued

 

 

 

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