Pour Down Like Silver [Bonus Tracks]

Pour Down Like Silver [Bonus Tracks]

by Richard & Linda Thompson
     
 

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Pour Down Like Silver was the last album Richard & Linda Thompson would release before beginning a self-imposed three-year retirement in order to join a communal Sufi Muslim sect. The cover photographs show the Thompsons dressed in traditional Muslim garb, and while lyrically the album offers few clear signs of the Thompsons' new spiritual direction, the stark…  See more details below

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Pour Down Like Silver was the last album Richard & Linda Thompson would release before beginning a self-imposed three-year retirement in order to join a communal Sufi Muslim sect. The cover photographs show the Thompsons dressed in traditional Muslim garb, and while lyrically the album offers few clear signs of the Thompsons' new spiritual direction, the stark asceticism of the music marked a real change from the alcohol-fueled mood swings of I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight and Hokey Pokey. The horns, accordion, and ancient instruments that had dotted Richard and Linda's previous albums were used far more sparingly on Pour Down Like Silver, and even Richard's usually astounding electric guitar solos were pared down in favor of an emotionally intimate, bare-wired approach that sounds alternately like a confession and a plea for guidance. Pour Down Like Silver is downbeat even by Richard Thompson's less than joyful standards, but it also features some of his most beautiful and compelling songs -- the ravaged plea for salvation of "Streets of Paradise," the mysterious and mesmerizing "Night Comes In," the mournful romantic meditations "Beat the Retreat" and "For Shame of Doing Wrong," and the spare but heartfelt love song "Dimming of the Day." And Linda (usually the more pragmatic of the two) breaks the mood near the end of side two with the cynically witty "Hard Luck Stories." Pour Down Like Silver is the most severe of the Richard & Linda Thompson albums, but those brave enough to look past its dark surface will find a startlingly beautiful album; it's not an easy album to listen to, but it greatly rewards the effort. [A 2004 deluxe edition of the LP included regular and previously unreleased live material, as well as expanded packaging and a full lyric sheet.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/09/2004
Label:
Universal Int'l
UPC:
0602498179017
catalogNumber:
981790

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard & Linda Thompson   Primary Artist
Richard Thompson   Indexed Contributor
John Kirkpatrick   Accordion,Concertina
Henry Lowther   Trumpet
Dave Pegg   Bass
Aly Bain   Fiddle
Pat Donaldson   Bass
Dave Mattacks   Drums
Ian Whiteman   Flute,Shakuhachi
Nick Jones   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Richard Thompson   Composer,Producer
John Wood   Producer,Engineer
Dan Penn   Composer
Chips Moman   Composer
Phil Smee   CD Package Design
Tim Chacksfield   Research Coordination
David Suff   Sleeve Notes

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