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  • Audio CD (9 Sep 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hannibal
  • ASIN: B00000063R
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 437,537 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Streets In Paradise
2. For Shame Of Doing Wrong
3. The Poor Boy Is Taken Away
4. Night Comes In
5. Jet Plane In A Rocking Chair
6. Beat The Retreat
7. Hard Luck Stories
8. Dimming Of The Day/Dargai

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ben on 7 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
This was RT and LT's third release and differs somewhat from their first two offerings in that musically this is their most restrained and introspective album of them all. Most of RT's early albums feature plenty of gloom and doom material and PDLS is no exception. 'The Poor Boy Is Taken Away', 'Hard Luck Stories' and the superb 'Night Comes In' are 3 good examples. The only upbeat songs in here are 'Jet Plane In A Rocking Chair' and 'Walking Through The Streets Of Paradise', but even these two are plodders at best, tempo-wise.

There is little in the way of RT guitar solos on the studio cuts with the exceptions of 'Dargai' and 'Night Comes In', the latter having a brilliant, if frugally played extended solo. Much of his guitar work is confined as a background instrument on the other tracks. Nevertheless this album has a lot of depth and spirituality to it and definitely improves on repeated plays. In fact it took me several plays before it really clicked, and it was worth the trouble. PDLS has gradually become one of my favourite RT albums of all time, but you have to be in the right mood to get the most out of it.

For some odd reason on my original vinyl copy the 1st four tracks are listed 5 - 8 here with 1 - 4 on the CD finishing off the album. Played in that order I find the album really flows that much better. 'Night Comes In' would seem to me to be the obvious closer in any case, but you can try it out and make up your own minds on that one.

PDLS is an excellent if heavy album, the music and lyrics are more than up to scratch and even RT's most bitter songs (Hard Luck Stories) still make one sit up and listen. It's a must-have for true RT fans.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JR on 13 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
A great album to be introduced to Richard and Linda Thompson with, the songs of Pour Down Like Silver are beautifully accomplished. Not as folky as I want to see the bright lights, with an eastern influence noticible in the music and lyrics (they had both converted to Suffism), this music is full of emotion, and makes beautiful listening. This new edition has some live recordings which add very little to the original recording, but the remastered sound is worth it!
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Dr. D. B. Sillars VINE VOICE on 12 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
This was the third album that Richard and Linda recorded for Island Records. Though it has been somewhat overshadowed by the brilliance of their first album together, this comes close in terms of the quality of songwriting and performance. The excellent "Night Comes In" has Thompson's trademark sinewy electric guitar never sounding so good. But the best is the coupling of "Dimming of the Day/Dargai". The former is beautifully sung by Linda and links on to the closing instrumental section "Dargai". Here Thompson's acoustic guitar expertly marries technical virtuosity and emotional feeling, with notes bent out of his guitar, a superb showcase for his skills. A personal favourite is the longing of "Beat the Retreat".
This remastered version is beautifully presented, with sleeve notes and full lyrics included. There are also four extra live tracks attached, including the 12 minute "Night Comes In" which was originally included on the "Guitar/Vocal" rarities compilation album.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. Bryant VINE VOICE on 20 Feb 2001
Format: Audio CD
For purists, probably the greatest. Every song is stunning (OK, with the exception of the attempt at humour "Hard Luck Stories"). Richard & Linda must have been going through some real bad times - "For Shame of Doing Wrong", "Beat the Retreat" - and RT's all-time sweetest, most beautiful melody "Dimming of the Day" with the most heartbreaking harmonies. The band is extremely pared down - aside from RT's guitar the only other significant musical colour is provided by John Kirkpatrick on accordian - and that makes the whole record more perfect still. And "Night Comes In" is another "Calvary Cross" - wonderful song with a blinding 6 minute guitar solo lashed on the end. If you sort of quite like Richard Thompson occasionally in a limited way, get this now. I don't need to tell anyone else, they've already got it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Aug 2003
Format: Audio CD
This great album opens with Streets Of Paradise, a fairly typical fast rock ballad sung by Richard. This is followed by the poignant and tender For Shame Of Doing Wrong with Linda on lead vocal. Linda also sings the next sad ballad, The Poor Boy Is Taken Away. Jet Plane In A Rocking Chair is a lovely melodic duet by the two, its underlying sadness not quite obscured by the bouncy tune. It’s Richard’s turn to sing on Night Comes In, a mournful slow ballad from where the album title derives. Beat The Retreat with its lovely guitar work is a brooding lament with Richard on lead vocal. Linda again takes lead vocal on the most overtly folky song here, the bitter Hard Luck Stories with its prominent fiddle and hummable tune. The gem of the album is the magnificent Dimming Of The Day/Dargai. The first part is an achingly melancholic piece where their two voices blend together beautifully. Dargai flows out of this, and it’s a showcase of Richard’s most breathtaking guitar playing, creating an unbelievable mood of sadness. Richard and Linda Thompon made beautiful music together and separately – here they give Leonard Cohen a run for his melancholy money. And although the music is very sad, it’s never oppressively so and the variety of styles demonstrates the Thompson’s remarkable versatility.
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