Walking on a Wire: 1968-2009

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Richard Thompson has never had a for-real hit record at least not in America over the course of a career that's spanned five decades, but there are few musicians who are better respected by their peers or have a more devoted fan base, and not without reason -- he's a fine singer, a superb, inventive guitarist, and a truly masterful songwriter. This may explain why Thompson, a man who could best be described as a "cult figure," is being honored with his third multi-disc box set. The 1993 set Watching the Dark was a brilliant overview of Thompson's body of work that included classic songs from all phases of his career along with rare live material, unreleased studio sessions,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Richard Thompson has never had a for-real hit record at least not in America over the course of a career that's spanned five decades, but there are few musicians who are better respected by their peers or have a more devoted fan base, and not without reason -- he's a fine singer, a superb, inventive guitarist, and a truly masterful songwriter. This may explain why Thompson, a man who could best be described as a "cult figure," is being honored with his third multi-disc box set. The 1993 set Watching the Dark was a brilliant overview of Thompson's body of work that included classic songs from all phases of his career along with rare live material, unreleased studio sessions, and even a few new songs. Released in 2006, RT: The Life and Music of Richard Thompson took a very different approach, instead collecting five discs' worth of unreleased material drawn from Thompson's own tape archives, which seemed designed to please obsessive fans at the expense of those who wanted a reasonably clear picture of the arc of his career. And now, Walking on a Wire: 1968-2009 takes the opposite extreme -- it's a four-disc set that offers a carefully edited and intelligently compiled chronological summary of Thompson's recorded repertoire, from his early recordings with Fairport Convention to his 2007 solo album, Sweet Warrior. However, it doesn't feature a single recording that hasn't been released before, and the few tracks that could pass as rarities come from "authorized bootlegs" Thompson has released through his fan club and website nearly all still easily available. For many artists, this wouldn't be quite such a severe failing, but with rare exceptions a four-disc box set is most likely to be purchased by an artist's most loyal fans, and there's almost nothing on Walking on a Wire that wouldn't already be in the collection of a serious Richard Thompson aficionado, making this anthology seem both beautiful and redundant. But if you're looking for a convincing argument for Thompson's status as one of the great treasures of British rock and folk, Walking on a Wire succeeds beautifully. The programming gleans many of the most satisfying and significant moments from Thompson's recordings, and the material flows beautifully from one great track to the next, clearly reflecting the path his music has followed. The remastering is excellent, particularly on the earlier solo material, and Patrick Humphries' liner notes offer a superb thumbnail sketch of Thompson's life and music, while the booklet is filled with great rare photos. As the biggest and most comprehensive "Best of Richard Thompson" album ever, Walking on a Wire succeeds beautifully, and it's a wonderful and loving presentation of his art. But if you're already a fan, this will all seem very familiar, and while this is a splendid starting point for the uninitiated, persuading them they should start their Richard Thompson collection with a four-disc box set will probably be an uphill battle -- though it's hard to imagine anyone who appreciates music that speaks honestly to the heart and soul not falling in love with this.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/18/2009
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663110876
  • Catalog Number: 311087
  • Sales rank: 11,406


Disc 1
  1. 1 Time Will Show the Wiser - Fairport Convention (3:05)
  2. 2 Meet on the Ledge - Fairport Convention (2:50)
  3. 3 Genesis Hall - Fairport Convention (3:36)
  4. 4 Crazy Man Michael - Fairport Convention (4:37)
  5. 5 Sloth - Fairport Convention (9:11)
  6. 6 Roll Over Vaughn Williams (4:11)
  7. 7 The Poor Ditching Boy (3:01)
  8. 8 The Angels Took My Racehorse Away (4:01)
  9. 9 The Great Valerio (5:22)
  10. 10 When I Get to the Border (3:25)
  11. 11 Withered and Died (3:25)
  12. 12 I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (3:08)
  13. 13 Down Where the Drunkards Roll (4:05)
  14. 14 The Calvary Cross (3:51)
  15. 15 I'll Regret It All in the Morning (3:35)
  16. 16 Old Man Inside a Young Man (4:26)
  17. 17 For Shame of Doing Wrong (4:43)
  18. 18 Night Comes In (8:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Dimming of the Day/Dargai (7:14)
  2. 2 A Heart Needs a Home (4:03)
  3. 3 Don't Let a Thief Steal into Your Heart (4:40)
  4. 4 Strange Affair (3:07)
  5. 5 Sunnyvista (4:23)
  6. 6 Sisters (4:48)
  7. 7 Rockin' in Rhythm (2:43)
  8. 8 Did She Jump or Was She Pushed (4:46)
  9. 9 Man in Need (3:33)
  10. 10 Shoot out the Lights (5:19)
  11. 11 Wall of Death (3:43)
  12. 12 Walking on a Wire (5:25)
  13. 13 Tear Stained Letter (4:41)
  14. 14 How I Wanted To (5:10)
  15. 15 Hand of Kindness (6:02)
  16. 16 Beat the Retreat (4:55)
  17. 17 I Ain't Going to Drag My Feet No More (4:18)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Little Blue Number (3:02)
  2. 2 She Twists the Knife Again (3:10)
  3. 3 Valerie (4:18)
  4. 4 Turning of the Tide (2:55)
  5. 5 I Still Dream (5:06)
  6. 6 Waltzing's for Dreamers (4:04)
  7. 7 Read About Love (3:33)
  8. 8 I Feel So Good (3:20)
  9. 9 I Misunderstood (4:04)
  10. 10 1952 Vincent Black Lightning (4:42)
  11. 11 Put Your Trust in Me (3:47)
  12. 12 From Galway to Graceland (4:44)
  13. 13 I Can't Wake Up to Save My Life (3:12)
  14. 14 MGB-GT (3:37)
  15. 15 Mingus Eyes (4:47)
  16. 16 Beeswing (5:31)
  17. 17 Taking My Business Elsewere (4:26)
  18. 18 King of Bohemia (3:43)
  19. 19 Don't Roll Those Bloodshot Eyes at Me - Danny Thompson (4:08)
  20. 20 Razor Dance (2:39)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Hide It Away (4:22)
  2. 2 Last Shift - Danny Thompson (3:54)
  3. 3 Big Chimney - Danny Thompson (4:37)
  4. 4 Lotteryland - Danny Thompson (2:51)
  5. 5 Persuasion (4:12)
  6. 6 Cooksferry Queen (4:12)
  7. 7 Bathsheba Smiles (3:55)
  8. 8 Hard on Me (12:18)
  9. 9 Gethsemane (6:02)
  10. 10 A Love You Can't Survive (5:28)
  11. 11 A Legal Matter (3:15)
  12. 12 Grizzly Man (Main Titles) (3:57)
  13. 13 Al Bowlly's in Heaven (5:29)
  14. 14 I'll Never Give It Up (3:22)
  15. 15 Dad's Gonna Kill Me (5:15)
  16. 16 She Sang Angels to Rest (3:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richard Thompson Primary Artist, Organ, Dulcimer, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Accordion, Autoharp, Electric Guitar, Harmonium, Theremin, Vocals, Background Vocals, Human Whistle, Hurdy-Gurdy, Hammered Dulcimer, Mandocello, Electric Dulcimer, Roland Synthesizer, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Alistair Anderson Concertina, Northumbrian Smallpipes
Martin Carthy Background Vocals
Nic Jones Fiddle
Dolores Keane Human Whistle
John Kirkpatrick Accordion, Bass (Vocal), Concertina, Triangle, Anglo Concertina, Button Accordion
Dave Swarbrick Fiddle, Mandolin, Viola, Vocals
Sandy Denny Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Harpsichord, Vocals, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Peter Knight Violin
Maddy Prior Background Vocals
The Watersons Background Vocals
Clive Gregson Background Vocals
John Hiatt Background Vocals
Danny Thompson Bass, Double Bass, Acoustic Bass, Upright Bass
Henry Lowther Trumpet
Julie Covington Background Vocals
Marc Ellington Background Vocals
Andy Fairweather Low Background Vocals
Richard Harvey Krummhorn
Ashley Hutchings Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Trevor Lucas Background Vocals
Simon Nicol Organ, Dulcimer, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Piano, Violin, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Guitar (12 String Electric), Electric Autoharp, Electric Dulcimer, Guitar (Nylon String), Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Dave Pegg Bass, Mandolin, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Andy Roberts Dulcimer
Peta Webb Background Vocals
Jim Keltner Drums
Brian Jones Cornet
Sid Page Violin
Tony Roberts Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Aly Bain Fiddle, Double Bass
David Paton Bass
Alex Acuña Percussion
Randall Aldcroft Trombone
Phil Barnes Background Vocals
Stephen Barnett Trombone
Les Benedict Trombone
Lindsay Benton Background Vocals
David Bitelli Baritone Saxophone
Tchad Blake Guitar
Dave Brady Background Vocals
Heather Brady Background Vocals
Dave Burland Background Vocals
Bill Caddick Background Vocals
Jeff Cole Trombone
Christine Collister Vocals, Background Vocals
Stephen Corbett Cornet
Mickey Curry Drums
Mark Cutts Trombone
John Defereri Tenor Saxophone
Timi Donald Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Pat Donaldson Bass, Vocals
Sue Draheim Fiddle
Barry Dransfield Fiddle
Paul Dunmall Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Alan Dunn Accordion
Judy Dyble Piano, Autoharp, Recorder, Vocals, Electric Autoharp
Peter Filleul Flute, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Chuck Fleming Fiddle
Mitchell Froom Organ, Piano, Celeste, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Theremin, Regal, Emulator, chamberlain, Echo Harp, Clavioline, Optigan, Electric Harp, Portative Organ, Hammond B3
Phil Goodwin Tuba
Sidonie Goossens Harp
Brian Gulland Krummhorn
John Hanes Percussion, Drums
Sue Harris Oboe, Hammered Dulcimer
Tyger Hutchings Bass, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals, Jug, Double Bass
Michael Jerome Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Chris Karan Percussion
Frances Kelly Baroque Harp
Martin Lamble Fiddle, Percussion, Violin, Drums, Tabla, Washboard, Footsteps
Neil Larsen Keyboards
Julian Littman Background Vocals
Bruce Lynch Bass
Dave Mattacks Percussion, Drums, Harmonium, Keyboards, Snare Drums, Bodhran, Hi Hat
Ian Matthews Conga, Vocals, Background Vocals
Tom McConville Fiddle
Anna McGarrigle Background Vocals
Andy Newmark Drums
Michael Parker Background Vocals
Linda Peter Vocals
Linda Peters Vocals
Phil Pickett Shawm
Taras Prodaniuk Electric Bass
Jerry Scheff Bass, Electric Bass, Double Bass, String Bass
Olive Simpson Background Vocals
David Snell Harp
Brian Taylor Cornet
Pete Thomas Percussion, Drums, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Linda Thompson Vocals
Nicole Tibbels Background Vocals
Glenn Tilbrook Background Vocals
Clay Toyani Trumpet
Jeff Big Dad Turmes Baritone Saxophone
Willie Weeks Bass
Ian Whiteman Organ, Flute, Piano, Shakuhachi, Harmonium, Electric Piano
Pete Wingfield Keyboards
Royston Wood Background Vocals
Pete Zorn Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Percussion, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Vocals, Background Vocals, Human Whistle
Tony Goddard Cornet
Louis Jardine Percussion
Ian Peters Euphonium
David Horn Tenor Horn
Michael Spencer-Arscott Drums
Danny Thompson Bass, Double Bass, Acoustic Bass, Upright Bass
Joey Waronker Drums
Kate McGarrigle Background Vocals
Suzie Katayama Cello
Lal Carthy Background Vocals
Mike Carthy Background Vocals
Norma Carthy Background Vocals
Martin Dunn Flute
Liz Kitchen Percussion
Judith Owen Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Philip Pickett Recorder, Soprano Recorder, Curtal, Shawm, Recorder, Performing Ensemble, Krummhorn, Soprano Recorder, Curtal, Shawm
Charlie Davis Cornet
Dylan Fowler Oboe, Cor anglais
Alan V. Michaels Violin
Teddy Thompson Dulcimer, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Damon Smith Acoustic Bass
Atom Ellis Electric Bass
Danielle DeGruttola Cello
Kingsley Abbott Background Vocals
David McKelsy Harmonica
Joe Buck Violin
Ian MacDonald Jew's Harp, Vocals
Larry Hall Cornet
Bobby "Blanco" King Background Vocals
Chris Karen Percussion
Peter Knight Singers Violin
Michael Hays Rhythm Guitar
Novi Ola Viola
Ian MacDonald Jew's Harp, Vocals
Joe Buck Jr. Violin
Paul Ghosh Background Vocals
Andrew Horvitch Background Vocals
James ORourke Guitar, Piano
Peter Zorn Percussion, Background Vocals
Dave Brady Background Vocals
Phil Barnes Background Vocals
Kingsley Abbott Background Vocals
Martin Lamble Fiddle, Percussion, Violin, Drums, Tabla, Washboard
Peta Webb Background Vocals
Heather Brady Background Vocals
Sidonie Goossens Harp
Chuck Fleming Fiddle
James O'Rourke Guitar, Piano
Technical Credits
Dolores Keane Whistle
Dave Swarbrick Composer
Fairport Convention Producer
Tim Finn Composer
Henry Kaiser Producer
Richard Thompson Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, String Arrangements, Whistle
Danny Thompson Producer
Irving Mills Composer
John Wood Producer
Simon Nicol Producer
Emitt Rhodes Composer
Tchad Blake Producer
Joe Boyd Producer
CWS Silver Band Instrumentation
Harry Carney Composer
John Chelew Producer
Tom Dube Producer
Duke Ellington Composer
Peter Filleul Producer
Bob Fisher Remastering
Mitchell Froom Producer
Edward Haber Engineer
Todd Lloyd Producer
Tom Rothrock Producer
Rob Schnapf Producer
Linda Thompson Liner Notes
Simon Tassano Producer
Danny Thompson Producer
Ilana Pelzig Cellum Engineer
Patrick Humphries Liner Notes
Patrick Milligan Annotation
Philip Pickett Bass Programming
James Casson Composer
Terry Lickona Producer
Jeff Smith Cover Illustration, Package Art Direction
Tim Bernett Management
Al Quattrocchi Package Art Direction
David Vanderheyden Engineer
Jeff Palo Producer
Karrie Stouffer Art Direction
Michael Jolly Cover Art
Crazy Man Michael Liner Notes
Jim Bessmon Liner Notes
Derek Dresher Producer
Damon Scina Licensing
Peter Zorn Whistle
Ed Haber Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Richard Thompson's Walking on a Wire Highly Recommended

    Beautifully packaged.

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