Richard Thompson 4-CD Box En Route

 

From the Fairports to
the present.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

 

It’s not the first time Richard Thompson has been given the
archival treatment. In 1993 Rykodisc/Hannibal put together a three-disc
collection, Watching The Dark: The
History of Richard Thompson
, which dipped back to 1969 and the guitarist’s
Fairport Convention days then brought things up through his solo career, to
1988. And there have been assorted best-ofs and rarities collections (some of
them mail order only) over the years as well. Just the same, on June 30 Shout!
Factory will pay tribute to Thompson with a new 4-CD
box Walking On A Wire: Richard Thompson (1968-2009), and while it
doesn’t necessarily go deep in terms of rarities (aside from a handful of motion
picture soundtrack cuts), it does cover the man’s entire career, dipping into
his extensive back catalog.

 

See the full tracklisting below.

 

 

That aforementioned stretches back
over 40 years. Songs from every Richard Thompson album are represented on Walking
On A Wire
, beginning with the trail-blazing folk-rock group Fairport
Convention, of which he was a founding member as a teenager, to his duo albums
with then-wife Linda Thompson, as well as his 20 plus years as a critically
acclaimed solo artist. Thompson will tour the US
and UK
this spring and summer.

 

 

The songs chosen for this
selection of his work were carefully assembled and aim to provide a real sense
of Richard Thompson, as well as to celebrate the diversity of his music – rock
‘n’ roll with folk, jazz, rockabilly and the odd waltz thrown in – the scope of
his songwriting, and the sheer virtuosity of his playing. Walking On A Wire impressively includes 71 tracks from albums released by 15 different labels,
and includes a 60 page booklet with new notes by Patrick Humphries.

 

 

Early on in his career Thompson
was singled out as a songwriter of distinction; as a guitarist, he was being
compared by critics to more established “guitar heroes” such as Pete Townshend,
Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. He reached a new level of critical and commercial
success in the 80’s and 90’s during his Capitol Records period, during which he
recorded what is perhaps his signature song, “1952 Vincent Black Lightning.”

 

 

Declared by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of all time, the iconic British folk-rock
legend is one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific
songwriters. Thompson’s songs, of which he’s written more than 400, have been
covered by R.E.M., Elvis Costello, the Pointer Sisters, Bonnie Raitt, Linda
Ronstadt, Los Lobos, and many more. Thompson has been received by rock royalty,
such as Bruce Springsteen, and Elvis Costello, as well as by real royalty, Queen Elizabeth II. Thompson is also the recipient of an Ivor Novello
Award for Songwriting, the Orville Gibson Award for guitarists, and the 2006
BBC Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

 

Richard Thompson has carefully
chosen his projects over the years, including the score for Werner Herzog’s
film Grizzly Man, 2003’s stripped-down The Old Kit Bag, which
included the sombre ” Gethsemane ” and the
atmospheric “A Love You Can’t Survive,” and 2007’s Sweet Warrior (Shout!
Factory), from which the final three tracks of this collection are taken, and
which featured the provocative reflection of the Iraq War “Dad’s Gonna Kill
Me,” the ballad “She Sang the Angels to Rest,” and “Needle and Thread,” which
recalls prime Fairport. Walking On A Wire: Richard Thompson (1968-2009) finally
provides fans a comprehensive collection of Thompson’s work.

 

 

 

Walking On A Wire:
Richard Thompson (1968-2009)

 

 

Disc One :

 

 

1. Time Will Show The Wiser – Fairport Convention Fairport Convention

2. Meet On The Ledge – Fairport Convention What We Did On Our Holidays ( U.K.
), Fairport

   Convention ( U.S.
)

3. Genesis Hall – Fairport Convention Unhalfbricking

4. Crazy Man Michael – Fairport Convention Liege & Lief

5. Sloth –
Fairport Convention Full House

6. Roll Over Vaughn Williams Starring As Henry The Human
Fly

7. The Poor Ditching Boy Starring As Henry The Human Fly

8. The Angels Took My Racehorse Away Starring As Henry
The Human Fly

9. The Great Valerio – Richard & Linda Thompson I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight

10. When I Get To The Border – Richard & Linda Thompson I Want To See

    
 The Bright Lights Tonight

11. Withered And Died – Richard & Linda Thompson I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight

12. I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight – Richard &
Linda Thompson I Want To See

      The
Bright Lights Tonight

13. Down Where The Drunkards Roll – Richard & Linda Thompson
I Want To See The Bright Lights

    
Tonight

14. The Calvary Cross – Richard & Linda Thompson I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight

15. I’ll Regret It All In The Morning – Richard & Linda
Thompson Hokey Pokey

16. Old Man Inside A Young Man – Richard & Linda
Thompson Hokey Pokey

17. For Shame Of Doing Wrong – Richard & Linda Thompson Pour Down Like Silver

18. Night Comes In – Richard & Linda Thompson Pour Down Like Silver

 

 

Disc Two:

 

1. Dimming Of The Day/Dargai – Richard & Linda Thompson Pour Down Like Silver

2. A Heart Needs A Home – Richard & Linda Thompson (guitar, vocal) ( U.K. ), Live!
(More Or Less)

    ( U.S. )

3. Don’t Let A Thief Steal Into Your Heart – Richard &
Linda Thompson First Light

4. Strange Affair – Richard & Linda Thompson First Light

5. Sunnyvista – Richard & Linda Thompson Sunnyvista

6. Sisters – Richard & Linda Thompson Sunnyvista

7. Rockin’ In Rhythm Strict
Tempo!

8. Did She Jump Or Was She Pushed – Richard & Linda
Thompson Shoot Out The Lights

9. Man In Need – Richard & Linda Thompson Shoot Out The Lights

10. Shoot Out The Lights – Richard & Linda Thompson Shoot Out The Lights

11. Wall Of Death – Richard & Linda Thompson Shoot Out The Lights

12. Walking On A Wire – Richard & Linda Thompson Shoot Out The Lights

13. Tear Stained Letter Hand Of
Kindness

14. How I Wanted To Hand Of
Kindness

15. Hand Of Kindness Hand Of Kindness

16. Beat The Retreat (Live) Small Town Romance (Live/Solo In New York, 1982)

17. I Ain’t Going To Drag My Feet No More Across A Crowded Room

 

 

Disc Three:

 

1. Little Blue Number Across A
Crowded Room

2. She Twists The Knife Again Across
A Crowded Room

3. Valerie Daring Adventures

4. Turning Of The Tide Amnesia

5. I Still Dream Amnesia

6. Waltzing’s For Dreamers Amnesia

7. Read About Love Rumor And Sigh

8. I Feel So Good Rumor And
Sigh

9. I Misunderstood Rumor And
Sigh

10. 1952 Vincent Black Lightning Rumor
And Sigh

11. Put Your Trust In Me Sweet
Talker
(Original Soundtrack)

12. From Galway To Graceland
(Live) Watching The Dark

13. I Can’t Wake Up To Save My Life Mirror Blue

14. MGB-GT Mirror Blue

15. Mingus Eyes Mirror Blue

16. Beeswing Mirror Blue

17. Taking My Business Elsewhere Mirror
Blue

18. King Of Bohemia
Mirror Blue

19. Don’t Roll Those Bloodshot Eyes At Me (Live) – Richard
Thompson with Danny Thompson Live

     
At Crawley 1993
– Richard Thompson with Danny Thompson

20. Razor Dance (Voltage Enhanced) you? me? us?

 

 

Disc Four:

 

1. Hide It Away (Voltage Enhanced) you? me? us?

2. Last Shift – Richard Thompson & Danny Thompson Industry

    Richard
Thompson & Danny Thompson

3. Big Chimney – Richard Thompson & Danny Thompson Industry

    Richard
Thompson & Danny Thompson

4. Lotteryland – Richard Thompson & Danny Thompson Industry

    Richard
Thompson & Danny Thompson

5. Persuasion (Live) – Richard Thompson Celtschmerz (Live UK ’98)

6. Cooksferry Queen Mock Tudor

7. Bathsheba Smiles Mock Tudor

8. Hard On Me (Live) Semi-Detached Mock Tudor

9. Gethsemane The Old Kit
Bag

10. A Love You Can’t Survive The
Old Kit Bag

11. A Legal Matter (Live) 1000
Years Of Popular Music

12. Main Title From Grizzly Man Grizzly Man (Original
Soundtrack)

13. Al Bowlly’s In Heaven (Live) Live
From Austin TX

14. I’ll Never Give It Up Sweet
Warrior

15. Dad’s Gonna Kill Me Sweet
Warrior

16. She Sang Angels To Rest Sweet
Warrior

 

 

 

 

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