I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
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Apart from the rather uncharacteristic 'Henry The Human Fly', this is Thompson's earliest solo work and the first to prominently feature the gorgeous voice of his then-wife, Linda. It is a work of remarkable assurance and maturity, yet despite the beauty and majesty of the performances, Thompson's 70s output contained some of the darkest and bleakest music you'll hear and 'Bright Lights' is no exception. Although there are some upbeat performaces, notably the opener 'When I Get To The Border', the title track, 'We Sing Hallelujah' and the traditional-sounding 'Little Beggar Girl', the dominant tone is sorrow for things lost and regret for things done and undone. While this sombre tone reaches its nadir with the hopelessly misanthropic 'The End Of The Rainbow', many of the slower numbers are achingly beautiful, notably 'Withered And Died' and 'The Great Valerio'. The musicianship from all involved is peerless and the arrangements are flawless. It's not hard to hear why this album established Richard And Linda Thompson as one of the essential non-mainstream acts of the 1970s and why 'Bright Lights' in particular continues to top all-time greatest album polls.
What about the quality of the reissue itself? It's pretty good, although not up to the quality of Island's Fairport reissue program. The CD comes housed in a slipcase and the booklet contains full lyrics and a critical history of the LP. The notes could be more detailed, I believe, since I didn't really learn anything new. Also, the booklet could do with more photos. Nevertheless, it's good to see Island Records finally giving Richard Thompson's back catalogue the respect it deserves. The package is topped off with three bonus live tracks, all of them previously unavailable; indeed 'Together Again', a cover of an old fifties rocker has probably not been heard since it was performed.
All told, this is a fine repackaging of a very fine album and I recommend it without hesitation.
But somehow the three this wickedly good guitarist and songwriter made in the mid Seventies with his then wife Linda (nee Peters) - "I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight" (1974) and "Hokey Pokey" and "Pour Down Like Silver" (both from 1975) – weren't so much publicly overlooked at the time of release on both sides of the pond - but as I recall - almost outright ignored. As with the two LPs that followed - the critics liked them - but the public stayed away...
But time has changed all that - seeing both the influential and terminally hip Mojo and Rolling Stone magazines including "Bright Lights" in their '100 Greatest Albums Ever Made' lists. And returning to it and Island Records in general in the sunny halls of 2016 - a full 42 years after the event - I'm down with those retro-periodical assessments. I'd truly forgotten just how good "I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight" is as an album. And it has to be said this 2004 'Island Remasters' CD Reissue has done that criminally overlooked LP a proper solid (a big audio improvement too on the March 1993 version).
Let's wipe away the condensation - here are the details... UK released April 2004 - "I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight" by RICHARD and LINDA THOMPSON on Island Remasters IMCD 304 / 981 790-7 (Barcode 602498179079) is an 'Expanded Edition' CD Remaster of the 1974 10-track LP with Three Bonus Tracks added on and plays out as follows (53:24 minutes):
1. When I Get To The Border
2. The Calvary Cross
3. Withered And Died
4. I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight
5. Down Where The Drunkard's Roll
6. We Sing Hallelujah [Side 2]
7. Has He Got A Friend For Me
8. The Little Beggar Girl
9. The End Of The Rainbow
10. The Great Valerio
Tracks 1 to 10 are his 2nd solo LP "I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight" - released April 1974 in the UK and USA on Island Records ILPS 9266. Produced by RICHARD THOMPSON and JOHN WOOD - it failed to chart in either country.
BONUS TRACKS (Previously Unreleased):
11. I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight (Live)
12. Together Again (Live)
13. The Calvary Cross (Live)
Tracks 11 to 13 recorded live at The Roundhouse, London on 7 September 1975. As well as Richard & Linda Thompson - the band included John Kirkpatrick, Pat Donaldson and Dave Mattacks.
RICHARD THOMPSON - All Guitars and Lead Vocals (Backing and Duet Vocals on "Down Where The Drunkards Roll")
LINDA THOMPSON - Lead Vocals on "Withered And Died", "I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight", "Down Where The Drunkards Roll",
"Has He Got A Friend For Me?" and Duet Vocals with Richard on "The Little Beggar Girl"
SIMON NICOL - Dulcimer
JOHN KIRKPATRICK - Anglo Concertina and Accordion
BRIAN GULLAND and RICHARD HARVEY - Klummhorn
PAT DONALDSON - Bass
DAVE MATTACKS - Drums
ROYSTON WOOD, TREVOR LUCAS and CWS (Manchester) SILVER BAND - Backing Vocals
Original April 2004 issues of this CD came in a natty-looking card slipcase (reissues just have the jewel case) - both issues have a 12-page booklet with the lyrics from the original LP's inner sleeve, musician credits and short but heartfelt and informative set of liner notes by DAVID SUFF of Fledg'ling Records - a reissue label with a long Fairport Convention history. It doesn't say who did the remaster (maybe Denis Blackham) or where - but my God is it good. Every track on this Folk-Rock masterpiece feels new and in your face for all the right reasons. Tons of presence and a huge guitar sound...
It opens with the upbeat Folk-Rock of "When I Get To The Border" - Thompson's guitar chopping and chiming like a goodun as the melody ambles on. The magnificent "Calvary Cross" has the most amazing warbling electric lead guitar - a sort of tremulous English Blues Folk-Rock chug that feels so heavy as it plays - ten-ton bricks in its hurting guts (hardly surprising to see a live cut of this fan-fave included as a Bonus Track). Those Klummhorns provided by Royston Wood and Trevor Lucas on the title-track "I Want To See The Bright Lights" gives it a colliery brass band feel – it’s rhythm playfulness - like it’s a debutante at a ball itching to dance. It's also at this point that you notice the lyrics - earthy, fun, working man observant - they floor you. Side 1 ends with such a feeling as the gorgeous "Down Where The Drunkards Roll" with Linda on Lead Vocals. I’ve always thought it a masterpiece – lonely yet moving.
Thompson opens Side 2 starts with a very Fairport vocal on "We Sing Hallelujah" - a rowdy-dowdy old-fashioned melody that feels hundreds of years old (very clever doubled voices). In direct contrast comes the 'Saturday night and I'm all alone' sadness of "Has He Got A Friend For Me" where Linda sounds like a lost teenager rather a happily married woman. With big acoustic guitars and a concertina as its base - the song has a sound Paul Brady would get on his magnificent Irish Folk LP "Welcome Here Kind Stranger" (September 1978 on Mulligan Records) - another winner when it comes to melodies. "The Little Beggar" At times BL feels like the great album Fairport Convention should have made in 1974 but never did. Taking money off snobs sings "The Little Beggar Girl" - the most Traditional Folk song on the album - mandolins and jaunt abound. Another one of the album secret gems is the desperately bleak social commentary of "The End Of The Rainbow" - a song sung by Richard about a child subject to a brutish father - only half protected by a mother trying her hardest - but Richard only sees an inevitable hurting future for the kid. It ends with Linda doing the ballad "The Great Valerio" - a high-wire walker - we the people watching from below as this hero keeps his eye on the target of the other side. Amidst the three Bonus Tracks is a sharply recorded ten-minute version of "Calvary Cross" – the live band in fine form as Richard stretches out on those solos to the clear delight of the crowd. But even better is Linda's lusty vocal on the Buck Owens Country classic "Together Again" – her Patsy Cline vocals followed by great guitar playing from RT - these two alone making the extras feeling like real bonuses and not just reissue filler...
I've always thought that Richard and Linda Thompson's "I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight" was the part Fairport Convention on top form combined with that second album Fotheringay never made. At under a fiver - it's a big classic for small change...
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