Pour Down Like Silver [Bonus Tracks]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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: 8/9/2004
  • Label: Universal Int'l
  • UPC: 602498179017
  • Catalog Number: 981790
  • Sales rank: 39,635

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Streets of Paradise - Linda Thompson (4:17)
  2. 2 For Shame of Doing Wrong - Linda Thompson (4:44)
  3. 3 The Poor Boy Is Taken Away - Linda Thompson (3:35)
  4. 4 Night Comes In - Linda Thompson (8:12)
  5. 5 Jet Plane in a Rocking Chair - Linda Thompson (2:48)
  6. 6 Beat the Retreat - Linda Thompson (5:52)
  7. 7 Hard Luck Stories - Linda Thompson (3:51)
  8. 8 Dimming of the Day/Dargai - Linda Thompson (7:20)
  9. 9 Streets of Paradise - Linda Thompson (3:57)
  10. 10 Night Comes In - Linda Thompson (12:22)
  11. 11 The Dark End of the Street - Linda Thompson (4:16)
  12. 12 Beat the Retreat - Linda Thompson (6:25)
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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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