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Watching The Dark: The History of Richard Thompson

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Audio CD, Box set, May 4, 1993
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cool compilation


Richard Thompson did not achieve overnight his now-acknowledged status as a pillar of British folk-rock, as a towering guitarist, and as a songwriter as distinctive and thematically provocative as any of his contemporaries. As late as 1980 when Thompson already had a formidable dossier of wonderful recordings with Fairport Convention as well as with his then-wife Linda, the would-be folk god was more cult artist than recognizable entity. This superb three-disc retrospective provides an intelligent overview of his evolution, avoiding the conventions of a "hits first" approach (silly in this case) or a completist's preoccupation with chronology and minutiae (dreary move, that). Instead, the discs shuttle back and forth across different period's in Thompson's career, swap excellent live performances and alternate takes for certain tracks, and let the music dictate the flow. That makes Watching the Dark as engaging for life-long Thompson fans as it will surely be for new recruits. --Sam Sutherland

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. A Man In Need
  2. Can't Win
  3. Waltzing's For Dreamers
  4. Crash The Party
  5. I Still Dream
  6. Bird In God's Garden / Lost And Found
  7. Now Be Thankful
  8. A Sailor's Life
  9. Genesis Hall
  10. The Knife-Edge
  11. Walking On A Wire
  12. Small Town Romance
  13. Shepherd's March / Maggie Cameron
  14. Wall Of Death

Disc: 2

  1. For Shame Of Doing Wrong
  2. Back Street Slide
  3. Strange Affair
  4. The Wrong Heartbeat
  5. Borrowed Time
  6. From Galway To Graceland
  7. Tear Stained Letter
  8. Keep Your Distance
  9. Bogie's Bonnie Belle
  10. Poor Wee Jockey Clarke
  11. Jet Plane In A Rocking Chair
  12. Dimming Of The Day
  13. Old Man Inside A Young Man
  14. Never Again
  15. Hokey Pokey (The Ice Cream Song)
  16. A Heart Needs A Home
  17. Beat The Retreat

Disc: 3

  1. Al Bowlly's In Heaven
  2. Walking Through A Wasted Land
  3. When The Spell Is Broken
  4. Devonside
  5. Little Blue Number
  6. I Ain't Going To Drag My Feet No More
  7. Withered And Died
  8. Nobody's Wedding
  9. The Poor Ditching Boy
  10. The Great Valerio
  11. Twisted
  12. Calvary Cross
  13. Jennie
  14. Hand Of Kindness
  15. Two Left Feet
  16. Shoot Out The Lights

Product details

  • Audio CD (May 4, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Hannibal
  • ASIN: B00000064O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,293 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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