Richard & Linda Thompson's Sunnyvista

Richard & Linda Thompson's Sunnyvista

by Richard & Linda Thompson
     
 
1978's First Light marked Richard & Linda Thompson's first time in a recording studio after three years away from music, and it suggested they were still getting warmed up as performers; a year later, Sunnyvista found them in much stronger form and a significantly more upbeat frame of mind. Sunnyvista is the wittiest and most joyous album Richard

Overview

1978's First Light marked Richard & Linda Thompson's first time in a recording studio after three years away from music, and it suggested they were still getting warmed up as performers; a year later, Sunnyvista found them in much stronger form and a significantly more upbeat frame of mind. Sunnyvista is the wittiest and most joyous album Richard & Linda made together; while several of Richard Thompson's trademark meditations on romance at it's least successful are on hand, "Why Do You Turn Your Back" manages to generate an unusually soulful groove, "Lonely Hearts" captures the melancholy country feel that First Light never quite caught, and "Traces of My Love" finds a winning warmth in its sadness. Richard Thompson's satirical eye gets an airing on the darkly witty title cut, and he displays his rarely aired politically conscious streak on the rabble-rousing "Borrowed Time" and "Justice in the Streets." Linda Thompson's vocals are in superb form on "Sisters," a lovely duet with Anna McGarrigle. And you'd have to go back to Hokey Pokey to hear the Thompsons having as much fun as they do on the rollicking "Saturday Rolling Around" and the wildly passionate "You're Going to Need Somebody." With a big band of Fairport Convention and Albion Band associates and top UK session players on board, and Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Gerry Rafferty, and Glenn Tilbrook contributing vocals, Sunnyvista boasts the stylistic eclecticism of the Thompsons' best work, with a healthy dose of added enthusiasm. Anyone who thinks Richard & Linda Thompson's records are always depressing have obviously never heard Sunnyvista; if it isn't quite as resonant as I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight and Pour Down Like Silver, it still boasts great songs, great singing, and you can play it at a party.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/1992
Label:
Hannibal
UPC:
0031257440325
catalogNumber:
4403

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard & Linda Thompson   Primary Artist
John Kirkpatrick   Accordion,Triangle
Gerry Rafferty   Vocals,Background Vocals
Richard Thompson   Synthesizer,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Synthesizer Guitar,Hammered Dulcimer
Marc Ellington   Vocals,Background Vocals
Simon Nicol   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Dave Pegg   Bass
David Beavan   Vocals
Lindsay Benton   Vocals,Background Vocals
John "Rabbit" Bundrick   Keyboards
Timi Donald   Percussion,Drums
Pat Donaldson   Bass
Sue Harris   Dulcimer,Oboe,Hammered Dulcimer
Hafsa Abdul Jabbas   Vocals,Background Vocals
Luis Jardim   Percussion
Julian Littman   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bruce Lynch   Bass
Dave Mattacks   Drums
Anna McGarrigle   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kate & Anna McGarrigle   Vocals
Abdu Rahim   Vocals,Background Vocals
Olive Simpson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael "Drummie" Spence   Drums
Linda Thompson   Vocals,Track Performer
Nicole Tibbels   Vocals,Background Vocals
Glenn Tilbrook   Vocals,Background Vocals
Pete Wingfield   Keyboards
Louis Jardine   Percussion
Michael Spencer-Arscott   Drums
Kate McGarrigle   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Horslips   Composer
Richard Thompson   Composer,Producer
John Wood   Producer,Engineer
Peter Wagg   Art Direction

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