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  • Audio CD (21 Aug. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal / Island Records
  • ASIN: B00004VW14
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,929 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Roll Over Vaughn WilliamsRichard Thompson 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Poor Ditching BoyRichard Thompson 3:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. When I Get To The BorderLinda Thompson and Richard Thompson 3:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. Withered And DiedLinda Thompson and Richard Thompson 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. I Want To See The Bright Lights TonightLinda Thompson and Richard Thompson 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Down Where The Drunkards RollLinda Thompson and Richard Thompson 4:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
  7. The End Of The RainbowLinda Thompson and Richard Thompson 3:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
  8. The Great ValerioLinda Thompson and Richard Thompson 5:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
  9. Hokey PokeyLinda Thompson and Richard Thompson 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Never AgainLinda Thompson and Richard Thompson 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. A Heart Needs A HomeRichard Thompson 4:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
12. For Shame Of Doing WrongLinda Thompson and Richard Thompson 4:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
13. Night Comes InLinda Thompson and Richard Thompson 8:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
14. Beat The RetreatLinda Thompson and Richard Thompson 5:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
15. Dimming Of The Day / Dargai (Edit)Linda Thompson and Richard Thompson 3:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
16. Calvary Cross (Live)Richard Thompson13:22Album Only

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Sept. 2010
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Richard Thompson is arguably the 'Godfather' of modern British folk/rock; even today he's creating original, memorably biting material as a solo artist. Here though is an Island retrospective which includes not just a well-balanced selection of his work, but most of the best stuff, so well done Island. Even though I had all this material elsewhere, I bought the album as it helps track his development, and also contains some of his most achingly beautiful, anguished tales of life lived at the margins of society, and of the heart too.
Thompson has always been lyrically strong and concise (check out some of the killer lines in later albums such as 'Mirror Blue' or 'Rumour & Sigh'), and these songs seem wrung from almost all aspects of life, whether it be the need to 'do a runner' ('When I get to the Border'), the dark gothic ('The Great Valerio') with its yearning echoes of lonliness and leavetaking, sacrifice ('Calvary Cross'), surrender ('Beat the Retreat'), death ('Never Again'). However, this is not simply a gloom-ridden take on life, but rather a long and anguished love song celebrating how the 'heart has its reasons', and includes the classic love songs 'A Heart needs a Home', and the growing ache of need in 'The Dimming of the Day'.
As well as highlighting Thompson's sensitive and beautifully crafted lyrics, this collection also showcases his guitar work, subtle melodies which worm their way into your heart and soul and refuse to leave, and clever use of his accompanying musicians. Another clear standout is the glorious crystal clear tones of Linda Thompson, whose voice gives emotional life to the lyrics.
This is grown-up music making in every way, and like all meaningful relationships, it needs to be given time to work its magic, but when it does...
No lover of serious music should be without this essential collection.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mr Martin J Pooley on 16 Jan. 2003
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If you are already an afficionado of this muscial genre then you will almost certainly already have most of the material on this CD but if you are looking to dip your toe into the waters of British folk-rock music then I think "End of the Rainbow" is a most excellent place to start.
The tracks are selected from albums Richard released in the '70s both solo and with his then wife, Linda and display a remarkable richness of texture both musical and lyrical. It's been said often enough that Richard's lyrics were all "doom and gloom", and there's plenty of that here, of course, witness the title track and "Down where the drunkards roll" but there are also songs that are more uplifting such as "I want to see the bright lights tonight" in their wry take on life as lived.
Like a lot of people who were brought up musically in the 60s and 70s on a diet of Top 40 radio, my exposure to music outside most radio DJ's playlists was very limited; but listening to friends' Fairport Convention and Pentangle albums opened the door to a different world. Richard Thompson and his albums have always been highly rated by the "thinking" music magazines but popular acclaim has always evaded him, almost certainly because the aforementioned Top 40 radio stations took the view that Thompsons gloomy lyrics wouldn't go down well. Shades of Dave Edmund's "A1 on the Jukebox"!
So go on, buy it. You won't regret it. Buy it for Linda's clear, honest and beautiful vocals (How is it that England has produced so many wonderful female vocalists in the folk-rock tradition over the years...Sandy Denny, Maddy Prior, Jacqui McShee?
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By jnd@leeke54.freeserve.co.uk on 30 Aug. 2000
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As near as a "Best Of" that we'll probably get for Richard and Linda's output for Island Records. This is a well-deserved retrospective of their '70s output - I can't fault the choice of songs at all - other than the fact it says "Dargai" is included but isn't. "Dimming of the Day" just doesn't seem right without it! Island make up for it though by including the "Guitar Vocal" version of "A Heart Needs A Home" which has always seemed to me to be a more successful version with Thompson's guitar gently weeping alongside Linda's plaintive vocals. The live "Calvary Cross" is still an astonishing tour de force with Thompson ringing every last note out of his battered Strat. From the opening clusters of notes through the long torturous climb to Golgotha and the last few hanging harmonics, this was always more than just a song to his muse.
As I have said, the selection is excellent and because the track selection is in chronological order you can trace Thompson's development as a singer, songwriter and musician through those exciting years. I can't not mention Linda's voice which was always a superb foil for Richard's songwriting. It has been a great loss to British music that she has all but retired form the music business.
One last gripe - there's always one - the liner notes by Clinton Heylin contain his usual mistakes and lack of depth of knowledge - his chronological knowledge is out of order. Still, it doesn't mar the album - which has an excellent cover, too. Well done Island, you got this one right. Now I only need take this CD with me on holiday instead of wondering how to fit them all in.
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