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  • Audio CD (6 Aug. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
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RICHARD & LINDA THOMPSON In Concert November 1975 (2007 UK 15-track CD album featuring live recordings from performance in Oxford Swindon and Norwich during November 1986 with encores and new mixes of the previously released Calvary Cross and Itll Be Me complete with the picture sleeve booklet containing extensive liner notes)

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Available in illegal forms for many years this concert long represented the Holy Grail to Thompson aficionados the world over. Now us average punters can also bask in its glory. While meaning no disservice to the other absolutely splendid releases that have sprung from this duo this year (Sweet Warrior from Richard and Versatile Heart from Linda) it's also fabulous to hear the couple at their peak all those years ago.

Touring on the back of their three peerless albums released between 1974 and 1975 ( I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight, Hokey Pokey and Pour Down Like Silver), the couple assembled a band which was two thirds composed of Richard's old group - Fairport Convention, with Dave Mattacks (drums) and Dave Pegg (bass) joined by accordion maestro, John Kirkpatrick, filling out the sound and allowing the inclusion of a typical morris medley early into proceedings. But it's Linda's voice and Richard's way with a Stratocaster that are what you really pays yer money for here.

Still only 26 at this point, by now Richard had complete mastery of his instrument. His soloing on the extended 'Night Comes In' and 'Calvary Cross' (previously released on his Guitar, Vocal compilation) are masterclasses in restraint, tone and precision. Similarly, Linda's voice has a purity that's tempered with melancholy, perfectly fitting songs that were written with her in mind. 'A Heart Needs A Home' never fails to bring a tear to this reviewer's eye.

It's amusing to hear how shy Richard still sounds compared to his easy raconteurship at today's shows, while the band easily follows their switching of styles from country (Hank Williams' 'Why Don't You Love Me') to Chuck Berry-style rocking on 'It'll Be Me'. Anyone not yet familiar with this couple's legacy may well be advised to use this album as a perfect introduction, while the rest of us can just lie back and be reminded why we 'll always love this music. Perfect. --Chris Jones

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By Sordel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Aug. 2007
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Richard Thompson's work with his (then) wife Linda is widely regarded by fans as one of the most fertile periods in his long career, so the fact that this is the first full-length live release by the pairing makes it an enticing prospect. It is only fair to begin, therefore, by striking a warning note. This is not a definitive survey of their career, having been recorded roughly midway, after only three of their six albums together had been issued.

Another issue with this recording is that even based on the material then available to them, the set-list is disappointing. Of the gorgeous ballads, only "A Heart Needs A Home" is here, with concentration instead falling upon a stylistically broad range of tracks that takes in Thompson's own mid-tempo rockers, a Morris medley, and a number of cover versions that are primarily of interest for their rarity value. The presence of John Kirkpatrick on accordion will not suit all listeners; although his work with Thompson is greatly admired, it also shunts the entire concert into a folk orientation that is not always echoed by the choice of song. Sound quality is reasonable, but could be better, with Linda's vocals recessed and a rather narrow stereo image.

This, then, is a fairly specialised release that can in no way substitute for listening to the studio albums. Nevertheless, the generous running time (over seventy minutes) does allow for a clear treat which no Thompson fan will want to miss: full-length versions of "Calvary Cross" and "Night Comes In". Together, these tracks account for over a third of the disc, and those who like Thompson's slow-burn epics will need no further reason to order than their presence.

Overall, this is the sort of release that devotees can approach with confidence, but that casual listeners should probably avoid. Shoot Out The Lights and I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight are much better entry points.
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I'll begin with saying I'm a huge RT fan,he is in my opinion not only one
of the greatest guitarists ever from the UK,but one of the best singer/songwriters we've ever had as well.I'm no folk fan but his music
transcends the limits of so-called folk music,much in the way artists like
Show Of Hands and Martyn Joseph.RT earlier this year alone produced a new album that must be rated as among the best half dozen releases of the year
(Sweet Warrior).
Anyway to this release taken from his and his then wifes 1975 tour,it's been worth the wait because among the release are many gems such as the always beautiful'Now Be Thankful','Calvary Cross', along side almost rock n roll classics like ,Why Don't You Love Me' and 'It'll Be Me'( this gives us classic great guitar work by RT).77 plus minutes of a great tour with a great band that includes accordionist John Kirkpatrick,which has never been among sounds I've enjoyed but here adds yet another dimension to the band.A really worthwhile releases with some great songs ,great musicians
and one all RT fans will enjoy,but if your just getting into or are interested get Sweet Warrior first then try this release..what a talent !
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Ah, it only seems like a few years since I was in the audience in Norwich, marvelling at Richard Thompson's magic fretwork and Linda's peerless singing. My cassette recording of the concert has long since passed to dust, but now it's available on a CD at last. Richard and Linda were in their pomp, backed by John Kirkpatrick (the best, or maybe only squeezebox artiste of the time), and old Fairport chums Dave Pegg and Dave Mattacks. Where was Danny Thompson? In the bar, probably.

If you weren't there, but have heard your dear old dad, or maybe grandad, say how great the Thompsons were, then have a listen to this. In those days, Richard and Linda were still speaking to one another, and Teddy Thompson was still waiting to be born. I thought Richard was the greatest guitarist in the world (and still do).

The recording quality is fantastic, and sounds better than my fading memory of actually being there. How do they do that? For me, the highlights are Linda's pure, clear voice on "A Heart needs a Home", and the Fairport standard "Now be Thankful". From Richard, the guitar playing on "Calvary Cross" is worth the price of the CD on its own.

This live compilation is truly stunning, and if you remember them, buy it now. If you don't remember them, buy it anyway. You'll love it.
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Just when I thought rock music had no more to say to me, this comes along. Nobody has ever had a more complete talent than RT as songwriter, musician and singer; he and Linda were at their peak here, at least in terms of material. They are well served by a band that is really on it, creating an energy that is not always apparent on the studio albums (you don't need to do an epic prog odyssey to give a song a new lease of life). Thompson shows in fact that he has a better instinct for his own material than record company compilers, presenting a set in which sighing and stomping are well balanced.

I'm particularly intrigued by John Kirkpatrick whose accordion plays what would be the keyboard role in a more conventional band, filling out the treble end of the sound. There's no-one better at this style; maybe his playing is just a shade too busy at times, if anything. Don't be misled, though: this is definitely not folk, apart from the morris medley - and that doesn't really fit in.

No surprises? I'd say that covers of Hank Williams, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buck Owens constitute a surprise. Thompson's performance of It'll Be Me, though a fire-breather, makes him sound like a stalker ('and I'll be looking for you!'). I don't agree that the atmosphere is poor, either. There isn't the kind of hysteria that bands seem to expect today, but there's no question the people there are enjoying themselves. I envy them their evening.
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