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  • Audio CD (30 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Shout! Factory
  • ASIN: B002D1GNFU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,059 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Time Will Show The Wiser - Fairport Convention, from Fairport Convention - Fairport Convention
  2. Meet On The Ledge - Fairport Convention, from What We Did On Our Holidays (U.K.), Fairport Conventio - Fairport Convention
  3. Genesis Hall - Fairport Convention, from Unhalfbricking - Fairport Convention
  4. Crazy Man Michael - Fairport Convention, from Liege & Lief - Fairport Convention
  5. Sloth - Fairport Convention, from Full House - Fairport Convention
  6. Roll Over Vaughn Williams, from Starring As Henry The Human Fly
  7. The Poor Ditching Boy, from Starring As Henry The Human Fly
  8. The Angels Took My Racehorse Away, from Starring As Henry The Human Fly
  9. The Great Valerio - Richard & Linda Thompson, from I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight - Richard & Linda Thompson
  10. When I Get To The Border - Richard & Linda Thompson, from I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonigh - Richard & Linda Thompson
  11. Withered And Died - Richard & Linda Thompson, from I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight - Richard & Linda Thompson
  12. I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight - Richard & Linda Thompson, from I Want To See The Brigh - Richard & Linda Thompson
  13. Down Where The Drunkards Roll - Richard & Linda Thompson, from I Want To See The Bright Lights T - Richard & Linda Thompson
  14. The Calvary Cross - Richard & Linda Thompson, from I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight - Richard & Linda Thompson
  15. I'll Regret It All In The Morning - Richard & Linda Thompson, from Hokey Pokey - Richard & Linda Thompson
  16. Old Man Inside A Young Man - Richard & Linda Thompson, from Hokey Pokey - Richard & Linda Thompson
  17. For Shame Of Doing Wrong - Richard & Linda Thompson, from Pour Down Like Silver - Richard & Linda Thompson
  18. Night Comes In - Richard & Linda Thompson, from Pour Down Like Silver - Richard & Linda Thompson

Disc: 2

  1. Dimming Of The Day/Dargai - Richard & Linda Thompson, from Pour Down Like Silver - Richard & Linda Thompson
  2. A Heart Needs A Home - Richard & Linda Thompson, from (guitar, vocal) (U.K.), Live! (More Or Les - Richard & Linda Thompson
  3. Don't Let A Thief Steal Into Your Heart - Richard & Linda Thompson, from First Light - Richard & Linda Thompson
  4. Strange Affair - Richard & Linda Thompson, from First Light - Richard & Linda Thompson
  5. Sunnyvista - Richard & Linda Thompson, from Sunnyvista - Richard & Linda Thompson
  6. Sisters - Richard & Linda Thompson, from Sunnyvista - Richard & Linda Thompson
  7. Rockin' In Rhythm, from Strict Tempo!
  8. Did She Jump Or Was She Pushed - Richard & Linda Thompson, from Shoot Out The Lights - Richard & Linda Thompson
  9. Man In Need - Richard & Linda Thompson, from Shoot Out The Lights - Richard & Linda Thompson
  10. Shoot Out The Lights - Richard & Linda Thompson, from Shoot Out The Lights - Richard & Linda Thompson
  11. Wall Of Death - Richard & Linda Thompson, from Shoot Out The Lights - Richard & Linda Thompson
  12. Walking On A Wire - Richard & Linda Thompson, from Shoot Out The Lights - Richard & Linda Thompson
  13. Tear Stained Letter, from Hand Of Kindness
  14. How I Wanted To, from Hand Of Kindness
  15. Hand Of Kindness, from Hand Of Kindness
  16. Beat The Retreat (Live), from Small Town Romance (Live/Solo In New York, 1982)
  17. I Ain't Going To Drag My Feet No More, from Across A Crowded Room

Disc: 3

  1. Little Blue Number, from Across A Crowded Room
  2. She Twists The Knife Again, from Across A Crowded Room
  3. Valerie, from Daring Adventures
  4. Turning Of The Tide, from Amnesia
  5. I Still Dream, from Amnesia
  6. Waltzing's For Dreamers, from Amnesia
  7. Read About Love, from Rumor And Sigh
  8. I Feel So Good, from Rumor And Sigh
  9. I Misunderstood, from Rumor And Sigh
  10. 1952 Vincent Black Lightning, from Rumor And Sigh
  11. Put Your Trust In Me, from Sweet Talker (Original Soundtrack)
  12. From Galway To Graceland (Live), from Watching The Dark
  13. I Can't Wake Up To Save My Life, from Mirror Blue
  14. MGB-GT, from Mirror Blue
  15. Mingus Eyes, from Mirror Blue
  16. Beeswing, from Mirror Blue
  17. Taking My Business Elsewhere, from Mirror Blue
  18. King Of Bohemia, from Mirror Blue
  19. Don't Roll Those Bloodshot Eyes At Me (Live) - Richard Thompson with Danny Thompson, from Live At Cr - Richard & Danny Thompson
  20. Razor Dance (Voltage Enhanced), from you? me? us?

Disc: 4

  1. Hide It Away (Voltage Enhanced), from you? me? us?
  2. Last Shift - Richard Thompson and Danny Thompson, from Industry - Richard & Danny Thompson
  3. Big Chimney - Richard Thompson and Danny Thompson, from Industry - Richard & Danny Thompson
  4. Lotteryland - Richard Thompson and Danny Thompson, from Industry - Richard & Danny Thompson
  5. Persuasion (Live), from Celtschmerz (Live UK '98)
  6. Cooksferry Queen, from Mock Tudor
  7. Bathsheba Smiles, from Mock Tudor
  8. Hard On Me (Live), from Semi-Detached Mock Tudor
  9. G ethsemane, from The Old Kit Bag
  10. A Love You Can't Survive, from The Old Kit Bag
  11. A Legal Matter (Live), from 1000 Years Of Popular Music
  12. Main Title From Grizzly Man Grizzly Man (Original Soundtrack)
  13. Al Bowlly's In Heaven (Live), from Live From Austin TX
  14. I'll Never Give It Up, from Sweet Warrior
  15. Dad's Gonna Kill Me, from Sweet Warrior
  16. She Sang Angels To Rest, from Rest Sweet Warrior

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"Look up the word 'cult' in a dictionary and you might as well see the picture of Richard Thompson. His triple armoury of sonorous voice, concise and moving songwriting and (not least) his supernatural guitar skills inspire a well-deserved slavish devotion amongst the indoctrinated. With that in mind a new complilation of his past glories is always a welcome reminder of why we love him, even if it is a little odd for an artist who's already had at least two box sets and several compilations released under his name". "While the previously released box sets have either mixed studio with live or rare cuts (Watching The Dark (1993)) or been totally composed of rarities (Free Reed's amazing 5 CD set, RT (2006)), Walking On A Wire mostly consists of already available material, mainly culled from his studio albums. It's a straight chronological journey starting with the precocious psychedelic folk of his earliest days with Fairport Convention, stopping off along the way to invent folk rock and thence into his solo career both with and, ultimately, without partner Linda. Pretty much all of the first two discs is as close to perfect as you can get: filled with the dark, blackly humorous tales of human weakness and lost love. Highlights are meaningless, though, if pushed, you could point at his solo on Sloth from Fairport's Full House (1970), the brass band-assisted joy of I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight or the heartbreak and fugue of Dimming Of The Day/Dargai from 1975's Pour Down Like Silver". "The set's second half does include more live material as well as his fine material with everyone's favourite stand up bass player, Danny Thompson (no relation). And because this carries us up to the present day there's room for a track from his incredible soundtrack album to Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man (2005). Kudos as well for the inclusion of a live rendition of Persuasion, co-written with Split Enz's Tim Finn and one of his greatest compositions". "For all those who count themselves fans, Walking On A Wire is frankly of little interest other than as an exercise in picking out obvious omissions. This writer bemoans the inclusion of only one track (Valerie) from Dangerous Adventures (1986), his first foray with Mitchell Froom at the helm, or the the lack of anything from live album Small Town Romance. This aside, it's a near-perfect selection that paints a true picture of his development as an artist who, like the Velvet Underground, has probably influenced and aided more careers rather than experiencing due reward for his own work". "In the end it's a peculiar middle ground that this set covers. Too mainstream for Thompson nuts, despite the 60-page booklet written by Patrick Humphries, and yet too large to interest the really casual listener. And quite honestly, if you belong to the latter category then shame on you. Go out and buy at least all of his Island label classics immediately. That should put you on the right path. But despite all of this, Walking On A Wire does have a brilliant historical grasp and a near perfect track list, even if it holds no surprises. And more importantly; it reminds us that the man is still out there, performing regularly and writing amazing music. A national treasure, for sure" - Chris Jones (BBC)

BBC Review

Look up the word 'cult' in a dictionary and you might as well see the picture of Richard Thompson. His triple armoury of sonorous voice, concise and moving songwriting and (not least) his supernatural guitar skills inspire a well-deserved slavish devotion amongst the indoctrinated. With that in mind a new complilation of his past glories is always a welcome reminder of why we love him, even if it is a little odd for an artist who's already had at least two box sets and several compilations released under his name.

While the previously released box sets have either mixed studio with live or rare cuts (Watching The Dark (1993)) or been totally composed of rarities (Free Reed's amazing 5 CD set, RT (2006)), Walking On A Wire mostly consists of already available material, mainly culled from his studio albums. It's a straight chronological journey starting with the precocious psychedelic folk of his earliest days with Fairport Convention, stopping off along the way to invent folk rock and thence into his solo career both with and, ultimately, without partner Linda. Pretty much all of the first two discs is as close to perfect as you can get: filled with the dark, blackly humorous tales of human weakness and lost love. Highlights are meaningless, though, if pushed, you could point at his solo on Sloth from Fairport's Full House (1970), the brass band-assisted joy of I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight or the heartbreak and fugue of Dimming Of The Day/Dargai from 1975's Pour Down Like Silver.

The set's second half does include more live material as well as his fine material with everyone's favourite stand up bass player, Danny Thompson (no relation). And because this carries us up to the present day there's room for a track from his incredible soundtrack album to Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man (2005). Kudos as well for the inclusion of a live rendition of Persuasion, co-written with Split Enz's Tim Finn and one of his greatest compositions.

For all those who count themselves fans, Walking On A Wire is frankly of little interest other than as an exercise in picking out obvious omissions. This writer bemoans the inclusion of only one track (Valerie) from Dangerous Adventures (1986), his first foray with Mitchell Froom at the helm, or the the lack of anything from live album Small Town Romance. This aside, it's a near-perfect selection that paints a true picture of his development as an artist who, like the Velvet Underground, has probably influenced and aided more careers rather than experiencing due reward for his own work.

In the end it's a peculiar middle ground that this set covers. Too mainstream for Thompson nuts, despite the 60-page booklet written by Patrick Humphries, and yet too large to interest the really casual listener. And quite honestly, if you belong to the latter category then shame on you. Go out and buy at least all of his Island label classics immediately. That should put you on the right path. But despite all of this, Walking On A Wire does have a brilliant historical grasp and a near perfect track list, even if it holds no surprises. And more importantly; it reminds us that the man is still out there, performing regularly and writing amazing music. A national treasure, for sure. --Chris Jones

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