The Best of Richard & Linda Thompson: The Island Records Years

The Best of Richard & Linda Thompson: The Island Records Years

by Richard Thompson


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The Best of Richard & Linda Thompson: The Island Records Years

In a consistently brilliant recording career that spans more than 30 years, Richard Thompson has built a remarkable and durable body of work that continues to inspire widespread admiration and fierce devotion. For many of the great singer/songwriter/guitarist's admirers -- a group that includes the likes of R.E.M., Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, David Byrne, and Los Lobos, all of whom have covered his compositions -- Thompson's most musically innovative and emotionally resonant work was his series of '70s albums in partnership with his then-wife Linda, whose luminous, riveting vocals were an ideal vehicle for Richard's incisive songwriting and inventive guitar work. The 16-track Island Records Years offers an excellent sampling of the pair's output during that fertile period, including such future Thompson standards as "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight," "Hokey Pokey," "A Heart Needs A Home," "Dimming of the Day," and "For Shame of Doing Wrong." Also featured is a rare live version of the darkly compelling "Calvary Cross," which showcases Richard's fiery guitar work.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/01/2000
Label: Fontana Island
UPC: 0731454245623
catalogNumber: 542456

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard Thompson   Primary Artist
Nic Jones   Fiddle
John Kirkpatrick   Accordion,Concertina,Button Accordion
Richard Harvey   Krummhorn
Trevor Lucas   Background Vocals
Simon Nicol   Organ,Dulcimer,Guitar,Piano,Autoharp,Vocals,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Dave Pegg   Bass
Aly Bain   Fiddle
Jack Brymer   Clarinet
Timi Donald   Drums
Pat Donaldson   Bass
Sue Draheim   Fiddle
Brian Gulland   Krummhorn
Dave Mattacks   Drums
Linda Thompson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ian Whiteman   Organ,Flute,Piano
Royston Wood   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Richard Thompson   Composer
John Wood   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Simon Nicol   Producer
Clinton Heylin   Essay

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