Give Me a Sad Song

Give Me a Sad Song

by Linda Thompson

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Give Me a Sad Song

A follow-up to Dreams Fly Away, Give Me a Sad Song is a compilation of rarities and previously unreleased material spanning the years 1970-1986. As its title suggests, it is a melting pot of grievous tales whose poignancies are revealed by Thompson's ever-emotive vocals. Of particular note is a chilling performance of Leonard Cohen's "Story of Isaac," taken from a pre-Richard 1970 session with Martin Carthy on guitar. Five tracks are taken from this set of demos for Tangent records and also include David Ackles' mournful "Down River" and a sparse version of Lennon/McCartney's "Get Back." Ironically, some of the album's best tracks are mid-'80s collaborations between Thompson and Betsy Cook, when Thompson's career had fallen into relative obscurity. As is typical of the period, too-glossy production values tend to mar the songs' elegance and simplicity. The album finishes with a sublime rendition of John Prine's "Aimless Love."

Product Details

Release Date: 07/10/2001
Label: Fledg'ling Uk
UPC: 5020393302029
catalogNumber: 3020
Rank: 104890

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Linda Thompson   Primary Artist,Vocals
Martin Carthy   Guitar
Richard Thompson   Bass,Guitar
Neil Innes   Organ,Piano,Celeste
Lindsay Cooper   Oboe
Gerry Conway   Drums
Betsy Cook   Keyboards,Vocals
Nico Ramsden   Guitar
Dave Richards   Bass
Graeme Taylor   Acoustic Guitar
John Taylor   Electric Piano

Technical Credits

Archie Fisher   Arranger
John Wood   Engineer
Neil Innes   Arranger
Edward Haber   Producer,Liner Notes
Hugh Murphy   Engineer
Linda Thompson   Producer,Song Notes
Mike Steyn   Engineer
David Suff   Producer

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