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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Multi-disc box-sets usually fall into two categories -- they're either overstuffed "Greatest Hits" compilations, or packed with enough rarities to ensure loyal fans will part with their money. Since Richard Thompson's career hasn't sent him perilously close to worldwide stardom, the triple-disc anthology Watching the Dark was created with the latter market in mind, and if it falls short of being the perfect overview of Thompson's wildly varied career, it's a superb set that manages the not-inconsiderable feat of drawing an accurate picture of the height and breadth of Thompson's body of work, and offers enough buried treasures to leave jaded fans chuckling with glee. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Multi-disc box-sets usually fall into two categories -- they're either overstuffed "Greatest Hits" compilations, or packed with enough rarities to ensure loyal fans will part with their money. Since Richard Thompson's career hasn't sent him perilously close to worldwide stardom, the triple-disc anthology Watching the Dark was created with the latter market in mind, and if it falls short of being the perfect overview of Thompson's wildly varied career, it's a superb set that manages the not-inconsiderable feat of drawing an accurate picture of the height and breadth of Thompson's body of work, and offers enough buried treasures to leave jaded fans chuckling with glee. Sequenced thematically rather than chronologically, Watching the Dark covers Thompson's favorite themes well enough -- there's enough spiritual mystery, mortal heartbreak, and British traditionalism to satisfy nearly anyone -- and while the first priority appears to be Thompson the songwriter, Thompson the musician is documented with a similar degree of devotion. Watching The Dark gives relatively short shrift to Thompson's work with Fairport Convention and his experimental collaborations, but as an overview of his solo work both with and without former wife and frequent collaborator Linda Thompson, it's remarkably thorough, and packed with fascinating and illuminating rarities. There are copious concert recordings, fascinating studio outtakes, and a handful of otherwise unavailable songs, along with an intelligently chosen selection of highlights from the first 25 years of his career in music. The sheer bulk of Watching the Dark over three and a half hours of music makes this a difficult introduction to Richard Thompson's work, but anyone with more than a passing familiarity with his music will be dazzled by it -- few box sets honor their subject with as much intelligence and depth as Watching the Dark.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/1993
  • Label: Hannibal
  • UPC: 031257530323
  • Catalog Number: 575303

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Man in Need (3:33)
  2. 2 Can't Win - Pat Donaldson (9:11)
  3. 3 Waltzing's for Dreamers (4:05)
  4. 4 Crash the Party - Pat Donaldson (5:33)
  5. 5 I Still Dream - David Horn (5:06)
  6. 6 Bird In God's Garden/Lost And Found - French Frith Kaiser Thompson (5:41)
  7. 7 Now Be Thankful (2:24)
  8. 8 A Sailor's Life (11:22)
  9. 9 Genesis Hall (3:38)
  10. 10 The Knife Edge (5:29)
  11. 11 Walking On A Wire (5:26)
  12. 12 Small Town Romance (3:40)
  13. 13 Shepherd's March/Maggie Cameron (4:57)
  14. 14 Wall of Death (3:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 For Shame of Doing Wrong - Philip Pickett (4:27)
  2. 2 Back Street Slide - Philip Pickett (4:23)
  3. 3 Strange Affair - Willie Weeks (3:06)
  4. 4 The Wrong Heartbeat (3:08)
  5. 5 Borrowed Time (5:33)
  6. 6 From Galway to Graceland (4:45)
  7. 7 Tear-Stained Letter - Pete Zorn (6:51)
  8. 8 Keep Your Distance (4:11)
  9. 9 Bogie's Bonnie Belle (3:49)
  10. 10 Poor Wee Jockey Clarke (2:29)
  11. 11 Jet Plane In A Rocking Chair - Ian Whiteman (2:46)
  12. 12 Dimming of the Day - Linda Thompson (3:50)
  13. 13 Old Man Inside a Young Man (4:25)
  14. 14 Never Again (3:06)
  15. 15 Hokey Pokey (3:19)
  16. 16 A Heart Needs a Home (3:58)
  17. 17 Beat the Retreat (5:50)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Al Bowlly's In Heaven - Ruari McFarlane (5:10)
  2. 2 Walking Through A Wasted Land (4:00)
  3. 3 When The Spell Is Broken - Ruari McFarlane (6:52)
  4. 4 Devonside (3:52)
  5. 5 Little Blue Number (2:52)
  6. 6 I Ain't Going To Drag My Feet No More (5:09)
  7. 7 Withered and Died - Linda Thompson (3:25)
  8. 8 Nobody's Wedding - Barry Dransfield (3:12)
  9. 9 The Poor Ditching Boy - Sue Draheim (3:01)
  10. 10 The Great Valerio (5:21)
  11. 11 Twisted - David Snell (1:57)
  12. 12 Calvary Cross (7:09)
  13. 13 Jennie (4:01)
  14. 14 Hand of Kindness (6:01)
  15. 15 Two Left Feet - Pete Zorn (3:52)
  16. 16 Shoot Out The Lights (5:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richard Thompson Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hurdy-Gurdy
Martin Carthy Background Vocals
Nic Jones Fiddle, Track Performer
John Kirkpatrick Accordion, Concertina, Background Vocals, Track Performer, Button Accordion
Dave Swarbrick Vocals, Background Vocals
Sandy Denny Vocals
The Watersons Background Vocals, Track Performer
Shawn Colvin Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Fairport Convention Track Performer
French Frith Kaiser Thompson Track Performer
Clive Gregson Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Track Performer
John Hiatt Background Vocals, Track Performer
Henry Kaiser Electric Guitar, Track Performer
Bobby King Background Vocals
Gerry Rafferty Background Vocals
Henry Lowther Trumpet, Track Performer
Marc Ellington Background Vocals
Ashley Hutchings Bass
Simon Nicol Dulcimer, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Autoharp, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Track Performer
Dave Pegg Bass, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Andy Roberts Dulcimer
Jim Keltner Drums
Aly Bain Fiddle, Track Performer
Kenny Aronoff Drums, Track Performer
Phil Barnes Background Vocals
David Bitelli Baritone Saxophone, Track Performer
Jack Brymer Clarinet, Track Performer
Christine Collister Background Vocals, Track Performer
Gerry Conway Drums, Track Performer
Betsy Cook Piano, Background Vocals, Moog Synthesizer, Track Performer, Mini Moog
Mickey Curry Drums, Track Performer
David Derge Drums, Track Performer
Timi Donald Percussion, Drums, Track Performer
Pat Donaldson Bass, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Sue Draheim Fiddle, Track Performer
Barry Dransfield Fiddle, Track Performer
Alan Dunn Accordion, Piano-Accordion, Track Performer
Fred Frith Bass, Violin, Track Performer
John French Drums, Vocals, Track Performer
Mitchell Froom Organ, Harmonium, Keyboards, Track Performer
Liam Genockey Drums, Track Performer
Frances Kelly Harp, Track Performer, Baroque Harp
Martin Lamble Drums
Neil Larsen Keyboards, Track Performer
Julian Littman Background Vocals
Clare Lowther Cello, Track Performer
Bruce Lynch Bass, Track Performer
Dave Mattacks Drums, Track Performer
Ruari McFarlane Bass, Track Performer
Andy Newmark Drums, Track Performer
Frank Ricotti Percussion, Track Performer
Jerry Scheff Bass, Track Performer
John Sherman Accordion, Piano-Accordion, Track Performer
David Snell Harp, Track Performer
Brian Taylor Cornet, Track Performer
Pete Thomas Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Linda Thompson Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Glenn Tilbrook Background Vocals, Track Performer
Lal Waterson Background Vocals
Mike Waterson Background Vocals
Willie Weeks Bass, Track Performer
Ian Whiteman Flute, Shakuhachi, Track Performer
Pete Wingfield Keyboards, Track Performer
Pete Zorn Bass, Saxophone, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Tony Goddard Cornet, Track Performer
Ian Peters Euphonium, Track Performer
David Horn Tenor Horn, Track Performer
Michael Spencer-Arscott Drums, Track Performer
Danny Thompson Double Bass
Norma Waterson Background Vocals
Lit Track Performer
Philip Pickett Hurdy-Gurdy, Shawm, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Henry Kaiser Producer, Engineer
Gerry Rafferty Producer
Richard Thompson Producer
John Wood Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Marc Ellington Producer, Engineer
Simon Nicol Engineer
Jack Skinner Mastering
Tchad Blake Engineer
John Borthwick Engineer
Joe Boyd Producer
Oliver di Cicco Engineer
Mitchell Froom Producer
Mark Greenhouse Engineer
Edward Haber Producer, Engineer
Barry Hammond Engineer
Dan Hersch Mastering
Chris Hollebone Engineer
David Leonard Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Leo Lyons Producer
Toby Mountain Mastering
Hugh Murphy Producer
Jack Nuber Engineer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Ian Whiteman Contributor
Greil Marcus Liner Notes
Lance Phillips Engineer
Leslie Berman Liner Notes
Ilana Pelzig Cellum Producer, Engineer
Bill Gill Engineer
Mark Chalecki Mastering
Joseph Marciano Remixing
Traditional Composer
Mark Engineer
Phill Brown Mastering
Daniel Hersch Mastering
Tim Young Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    This box set hops back and forth through Richard Thompson's career. It is constructed somewhat similarly to Bob Dylan's Biograph box set. Although I have a fairly extensive Thompson CD and LP collection, many of the takes were new to me.This set takes you up to 1991's Rumor and Sigh CD. While I could list many cuts that I would have picked, this set does give an excellent introduction for someone who wonders who and what all the RT critical acclaim is about.

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