Give Me a Sad Song
|Price:||£7.57 & FREE UK Delivery on orders dispatched by Amazon over £20. Delivery Details|
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
With the purchase of a CD or Vinyl record dispatched from and sold by Amazon, you get 90 days free access to the Amazon Music Unlimited Individual plan. After your purchase, you will receive an email with further information. Terms and Conditions apply. Learn more.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Previously unreleased demos and rare tracks from Linda Thompson, one of Britain's finest interpretive singers. Recorded between 1970 and 1986, these songs highlight the wonderful voice of one of England's finest female singers performing at the height ofher powers. Includes demos written by Richard Thompson for a proposed stage musical in the mid-1970s. Contributing players include Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson, Andy Roberts, Neil Innes, Gerry Conway, John Taylor, Dave Richards and Betsy Cook.A soaring powerful voice with an unmistakable hint of heartbreak.
Everyone has obscure corners and hideaway moments in their lifetime. Linda Thompson, as she gazes out from the cover of Give Me A Sad Song, has a naïve, wistful look in her eye that almost challenges you to guess at her quiet secrets. It's a challenge that, once accepted with the evidence before you, is absorbing and in a couple of respects, surprising. Hints of what has been locked away have emerged over the years, the cuts from her abandoned Columbia album in 1987 for example, her poetry work with Brain Patten, though far more obscure are the sides she cut with Martin Carthy at Christmas 1970 and the songs written for a Jewish inspired musical. And those are only for starters. The people at the Fledlg'ing label are masters at this sort of archaeology, the sleeve notes from Ed Haber the stuff of curator-like detail. That's all to the good as some of the material is so off the wall it does need a deal of explanation. However most of the tracks are open and breezy and you wonder why they haven't seen the light of day before. "Fire And Rain", with Carthy's percussive picking, is a gleeful roll as is "Get Back", the vocal clear and full. Whilst not particularly memorable in terms of melody, if nothing else the work with Patten shows what an adaptable voice Linda Thompson has and how she can wring emotion from any form of lyric. Something she definitely does on "Hell, Highwater & A Heartache", a stark, acoustic take she worked up for Granada television in 1983, also the following demo "Her Father Was A Sailor". Linda's vocal is fractured and nervy; there's only Betsy Cook's keyboards for accompaniment but you don't need any more that gorgeous ache of a voice fills the speakers. "When I Mention Love", a previously ignored Hugh Murphy demo, is a real revelation and why it wasn't given some kind of a release beggars belief! She's at her most vulnerable, her most hurt and most poignant; the sleeve note says it all: "Songs don't come much more self explanatory than this." It sends a shiver down your neck to hear lines like " I don't know where love begins but I know where it ends". Again Cook's piano and synthesizer lend just the right amount of support. The final two tracks have her heading off in a neo-country-cum-troubadour direction and she covers John Prine's "Aimless Love" as a finale. Personally, I've always thought hers was a voice that was at its finest handling something with a home ground root. Shame room couldn't be found for a track from her brief time with hippie folksters Tudor Lodge as that would have fitted snugly in the early running order, but really that's a minor carp. Give Me A Sad Song is a fine slice of history and all the more fitting as its release heralds new product from Linda Thompson. --Simon Jones
© fRoots Magazine all rights reserved -- fRoots, October 2001
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
It's all a matter of recording quality, really. The songs on "Give Me a Sad Song" are generally demos, and it does show, nowhere more than in the often muddy recordings. Sometimes the session musician backup is also less than stellar. Compare that with the other LT compilation, "Dreams" which holds up both as an album of songs, and an overview. Anyone purchasing this album should know this, and understand that they are getting an outake-quality disc. Again, only a rating for the average consumer. If you are a fan of Linda Thompson, go for it!