Richard & Linda Thompson's Sunnyvista

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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" ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/1992
  • Label: Hannibal
  • UPC: 031257440325
  • Catalog Number: 4403

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richard & Linda Thompson Primary Artist
Richard Thompson Indexed Contributor, Synthesizer, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Synthesizer Guitar, Hammered Dulcimer
John Kirkpatrick Accordion, Triangle
Gerry Rafferty Vocals, Background Vocals
Marc Ellington Vocals, Background Vocals
Simon Nicol Acoustic Guitar, 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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