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Richard Thompson was born at his parents' home in the Spring of 1949, in West-London, and spent his early years in post war Britain, surrounded by a family with wide musical tastes. Counted among his early influences are Django Reinhardt, Fats Waller, Les Paul, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. Flip the coin from his father’s jazz record collection to the early rock and roll music ... Read more in Amazon's Richard Thompson Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Jun. 1986)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ada
  • ASIN: B000000615
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,706 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Tear-Stained Letter 4:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. How I Wanted To 5:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Both Ends Burning 3:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Poisoned Heart And A Twisted Memory 5:25£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Where The Wind Don't Whine 4:09£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Wrong Heartbeat 3:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Hand Of Kindness 6:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Devonside 4:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Two Left Feet 3:53£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Richard Thompson and then-wife Linda had achieved a cruel victory with their final album together, Shoot Out the Lights, a riveting classic drawing much of its power from frank allusions to their disintegrating marriage. The preoccupation with the Thompsons' personal history may explain why, at the time, fans scrutinized the first Thompson solo album after the breakup (1983's Hand of Darkness) for fresh wounds. Fans missed a more fundamental issue--the de facto reunion of Thompson's first band, Fairport Convention, with Fairport's original producer Joe Boyd at the controls. Only violinist Dave Swarbrick is missing, with Simon Nicol, Dave Peggs and Dave Mattacks all present and accounted for, augmented by twin saxes, John Kirkpatrick's always-evocative accordion, and Clive Gregson's, John Hiatt's and Bobby King's vocals. Hardly surprising that this set should hold up so well, or that its nine solid Thompson originals should be so fully realized. --Sam Sutherland

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Baz Douglas VINE VOICE on 19 Nov. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Given the number of reviews given to third rate dross, I'm surprised this is only the second in 8 years of this treasure.
RT was at his best on this, with great production and a terrific band. great songs well delivered, a good place to begin the worship of a neglected hero. I play this a lot, all these years later. Rock on.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Philip Baird on 12 Aug. 2011
Format: Audio CD
After the masterpiece that was Shoot Out the Lights, Richard came straight out of the shadows with this even darker set that dug even deeper into the well and drew up some wonderful songs all delivered with that barbed wire electricity and with the twists and turns and ice cold irony of a Scots-English Raymond Chandler ! There is definitely something of that cold Scottish ice running through his veins but he can also write the most touching and surprising ballad or love song that comes at you from behind. Tear Stained Letter's energy kickstarts the whole thing off and became his live showstopper for years thereafter. It feels like he could play for ever on the closing solos. How I Wanted To is my favourite love song of his, and its simplicity and intensity captures an emotional desolation that is extremely moving. The way the band close A Poisoned Heart and a Twisted Memory really takes you by surprise and the wonderful shuffle of Two Left Feet is that great Thompson humour playfully revisiting the Scottish dancehalls of Jimmy Shand. The title track broods magnificently and Devonside is another of those ballads that hits you side-on and knocks you for six. It was all great from perhaps his artistic peak of Shoot Out The Lights onwards, and it's a matter of personal choice as to which you prefer but I've always thought this to be the equal of its predecessor and his finest solo work.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By kennathan@msn.com on 31 Mar. 2000
Format: Audio CD
As a recent convert I came across this album as a gift from a friend but was energised by the drive and off-centred values behind such songs as "Teared Stained Letter" and "A Posioned Heart and A Twisted Memory". Thompson's strong voice and brilliant guitar work feature again in the dramatic songs "Devonside" and "How I Wanted To" which also include scintillating arrangements for mandolin, violin,cello to create a magical an ethereal climax to the recording.A worthy addition to any collection of modern folk music - recommended
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By Blue on 11 Jun. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
What a Superb albun, yes RT as his early fantastic self: going solo with the help of fellow Fairports.
Followed the Fairports in the early days (and since) but when RT split he was to become a world class act and here is the one of the beginning albums that it shows. Brilliant!
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