- 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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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.
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.
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.
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."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This needs released on cd again. Its a good album. Strong songs, played expertly. Nothing more to say.Published 4 months ago by Michael W. Slick
It would be impossible for this duo to produce anything but wonderful music,that being said,this collection does not rank among their best. Read morePublished on September 29, 2007 by who me
english folk with a touch of electric. heart-felt, sad. restless love is one of the saddest loveliest romantic songs of all time. nick drake would have been proud of itPublished on July 12, 2007 by Hector
This album has often been criticized for sounding thin and trebly and the songs being overproduced. I can agree to a certain extent to the first statement, but I like the variety... Read morePublished on July 6, 2007 by Morten Vindberg
I personally think there is no real defending this album. Rt is right that this is a flat out bad album. Read morePublished on August 14, 2006 by Jeremy M. Milstein
After not having recorded for three years (Thompson lived in a Sufi commune during this time), Thompson returned after discovering that he couldn't give up making music. Read morePublished on March 12, 2006 by Wayne Klein
The first RT album I heard and purchased. I was impressed enough to go back and pick up everything that came before...and have continued to buy everything that has come since. Read morePublished on September 10, 2003 by E. Forte
when he said he considered First light as a "bad record". I agree this is not their best one, and this is probably the weakest .. Read morePublished on January 15, 2003