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First Light

3.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Restless Highway
  2. Sweet Surrender
  3. Don't Let A Thief Steal Into Your Heart
  4. The Choice Wife
  5. Dief For Love
  6. Strange Affair
  7. Layla
  8. Pavanne
  9. House Of Cards
  10. First Light


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 25, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hannibal
  • ASIN: B00000063Z
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,007 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Probably the worst person to review a Richard and LindaThompson album is an ardent Richard and Linda fan (likemyself). Devoted followers either compare the release to the dagger-through-the-heart benchmark `Shoot Out The Lights,' or paint the album with a broad Richard and Linda Midas brush (everything that they touch turns to gold). Although next to impossible, I'm going to try to be objective, and not allow the previous criteria to cloud my mind. The vocal arrangements, provided by a choir of more than a dozen English folk-rock luminaries, are rich and glorious (Sweet Surrender, Strange Affair, House Of Cards). The star here is not Richard, but Linda. Her solo ballad `Sweet Surrender' is gently melodic and heart-warming. And her interpretation of the fatalistic tale of love (Died For Love) is convincing and intense. Linda's most vivid performance is `Pavanne:' her comely voice perfectly contradicts Richard's harrowing lyrical narrative. She even manages to upstage Richard on the soothing duet `First Light.' For compelling songwriting, `Strange Affair' is an affectionate and mystical look at death. Despite the album's captivating lyrics, intriguing song structures and beautiful harmonies; there is trouble in paradise. The guitar introduction (The Choice Wife) of `Died For Love' is self-indulgent and just too long. `Layla' is a weak and uninspired rocker (the off-key chorus is horrid). `House Of Cards' contains a dramatic and luscious chorus, but the structure is simplistic and repetitive. In summary, `First Light' beats the pants off ninety-percent of everything in the folk-rock genre. For fans, it will complement (rather than distract from) Richard and Linda's stellar library. First-time listeners will be elated. Besides, musical perfection is a never ending goal.
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It's inconceivable to me that any Richard and Linda fan could conceive of this as a weak link in their output. There's a somewhat more mainstream production to this, but IMHO it adds rather than detracts from the beauty of the best songs. These songs don't really call for instrumental flash, and the lighter production makes this album an good starting point for those new to the Thompsons' music. And sure, it's not Bright Lights or Shoot Out the Lights, but it's easily the equal of Pour Down Like Silver, another perennial fan favorite.

I must agree with others who say that this is mainly Linda's album. Richard's songs, with the exception of "House of Cards" and maybe "Restless Highway" just aren't up to his usual high standard. Perhaps the near-LA-style production just doesn't fit with his delivery. I'd suggest instead that the mix only highlights the unevenness of Richard's songs. Richard's "Layla" is the sort of rote rocker that you don't expect to find on a Thompsons album, and "Don't Let a Thief Steal Into Your Heart" is dated and dull.

Linda's tracks, though, more than compensate. "Sweet Surrender" and especially the stunning "First Light" are gorgeous, plainspoken - but never preachy - affirmations of the Thompsons' Sufi faith. And "Died for Love" and "Pavanne" are stories as haunting as "Down Where the Drunkards Roll" from Bright Lights. Five stars for Linda's work, then, and three for Richard's...let's split the difference and call it four stars.

If you have any interest in the Thompsons or in seventies folk rock, this CD is well worth searching out despite a couple of weaker cuts. First Light trumps the large majority of folk rock albums produced since its release in 1978.
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By A Customer on June 17, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Richard and Linda's fourth album together clearly did not live up to the standards of the first three ("I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight," "Hokey Pokey," and "Pour Down Like Silver") and as a result it is frequently dismissed as an inconsequential and insubstantial part of the their catalog. This is unfair, because for all its weaknesses, this is still a good album.
True, the production indicates an attempt to "cash in" on the west coast commercial fare of the period (late 1970's) but even it can't distract from songs like "Strange Affair," "Layla" (no, not a cover of the Clapton song) and the glorious title track which alone is worth the price of admission.
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I just listened to this record for the first time years. It may not be Richard and Linda's best. But it is probably their most underrated. A fabulous record undeserving of its lowly reputation in RT's canon. And let's face it, it is better than virtually all of Richard's solo records (post Linda).

I'm sure my opinion won't be popular with RT diehards but has anyone really cared to listen to his last few records more than a handful of times? I'd take a second rate Richard and Linda record over his last ten solo albums without hesitation.
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By A Customer on June 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is a strange and minor album in the Richard & Linda Thompson catalog. It's both an uneasy attempt at popular appeal yet their most overtly spiritual (Sufi Muslim) album. It also is badly produced, with vocals mixed to near inaudibility at times, and muted sonic details.
Linda is easily the star of the album; her singing is as fine as always, especially on "Strange Affair" and "Died for Love." The Richard-sung songs are, frankly, not very good. (Don't get your hopes up about "Layla"--it ain't *that* song!) The music on the album--played in part by L.A. studio types--is fairly dull, and is not helped by the flat production. The folk and Middle Eastern influences so important to the R&L sound are muted, but help when they're present. The best-known song on the album is "Don't Let A Thief Steal Into Your Heart," which has a near-disco beat, some cool duo vocals, and some nice guitar from Richard. As the album's most blatant "sellout," it actually works. And the Pointer Sisters even covered it.
You could skip "First Light" and not miss much, but Thompson addicts will want it and find things of value. Still, it's their weakest LP, and a real letdown as the followup to "Pour Down Like Silver."
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