Pour Down Like Silver
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Audio, Cassette, July 1, 1991
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"Pour Down Like Silver" is an incredibly warm, intimate album, and is strangely underrated. It was recorded at a strange time in the Thompsons' musical career--it reflects the Sufi Muslim spirituality that Richard and (less so) Linda embraced at the time, but it still retains the earthier aspects of their earlier work. The songs of regret over love departed ("For Shame of Doing Wrong" and "Beat the Retreat") are haunting--the pain is all too real. As is the devotion of a song like "Dimming of the Day." There's also humor ("Jet Plane in a Rocking Chair"), disgust ("Hard Luck Stories"), and moral outrage ("Streets of Paradise"), but the album avoids crossing the line into preachy self-righteousness, unlike the following pair of R&T albums.
And the music! So stark, yet shimmering. The instrumentation is far more spare than on the first two Thompson albums, every part on the record means something. Richard's guitar playing is more prominent than on "I Want To See the Bright Lights" or "Hokey Pokey"--this is more of a rock album, yet it's hardly typical. The singing is sublime, as good as any they've ever done.
"Pour Down Like Silver" tends to get lost in the (justified) hype of "Shoot Out the Lights," but it's arguably a better, more lasting album. Virtually every song is a classic and many have stayed in Richard's setlist for years. Treat yourself to one of the truly great albums and get this disc!
Imagine my pleasant suprise when it actually happened, although at a hefty import price. I swallowed hard at the price tag, and told my wife THIS was what I wanted for my birthday. She rolled her eyes and complied, and I excitedly put it on. It sounded flat and horrible. I decided I must be tired, stopped the player and put it on again the next morning. Same thing; flat and horrible. Well, I know that listening is not a strictly physical occurrance, so I decided to pull out the old LP and make my detemination as objective as possible. Well, the old LP, which was remastered good but not great (the cuts on the Richard Thompson box Watching The Dark proved that, they sounded SO much better than my LP), just blew this "newly remastered" import CD right out of the water.
Look, I don't know what happen. This is not the first time I've bought an Island remaster. I bought several of the Traffic remasters that came out several years ago, and they were marvelously done...great fidelity. But I can assure you that something went very wrong here. I know this album, in it's original mix and release, sounded a bit boxy and flat, but this is much, much worse.
I know that there are a lot of Thompson fans out there, and I'm rather surprised no one has yet reviewed this.Read more ›
This remastered edition suffers from a number flaws but that shouldn't detract you from picking up some edition of the album. The mastering is, indeed, flat and, in fact, sounds like it's done from a second or third generation copy of the original mastertape. The sonic detail is decent enough it just doesn't have the depth I expected. The bonus tracks are tacked on at the end almost as an afterthought. While they are great live performances two of them were previously released on "Guitar, Vocal". The two new tracks are worthwhile additions to any Thompson fans collection and sound pretty good given the age of the recordings and the recording conditions. Thompson had wished that Island had not included the bonus tracks or put them on a separate CD allowing the original album to stand alone. As it is they are presented without a gap and begin immediately after the stunning conclusion of the album disrupting the flow of the album.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There is a lot of "Draggy" tunes by Linda Thompson on this offering. I much prefer there greatest hits CDPublished 3 months ago by Michael A. Cronin
If you don't know about RT by now then you missed the boat
Great versions of Dimming of the Day and Night Comes in
Extra added attractions of live bonus material with a... Read more
I first heard of Richard and Linda Thompson when I came across a review of Pour Down Like Silver in the June 3, 1976 issue of Rolling Stone. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Scott Houston
I purchased this due to hearing one song on a movie soundtrack - I love that one song - the rest of the CD is monotonous.Published 18 months ago by Dr. Von
This is such a great album, with some classic and somewhat well known tunes by Richard and Linda Thompson. This is my favorite album by these folks. A Classic!!Published 18 months ago by freddy53
This is a great album, arguably the best R&L Lp. The reissue sounds very good. It' s good to have this available, because American vinyl pressings are scarce and pressed on thin... Read morePublished 19 months ago by omnipop
Enjoy hearing their music style. This is for those of you who like Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, and others in that genre.Published 20 months ago by B. Ebel
I found Richard Thompson on a radio interview and have been following him ever since. I have several of his single albums and several of those he made with his previous wife. Read morePublished on June 18, 2013 by Marilyn B. Boettger