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on 7 July 2007
This was RT and LT's third release and differs somewhat from their first two offerings in that musically this is their most restrained and introspective album of them all. Most of RT's early albums feature plenty of gloom and doom material and PDLS is no exception. 'The Poor Boy Is Taken Away', 'Hard Luck Stories' and the superb 'Night Comes In' are 3 good examples. The only upbeat songs in here are 'Jet Plane In A Rocking Chair' and 'Walking Through The Streets Of Paradise', but even these two are plodders at best, tempo-wise.

There is little in the way of RT guitar solos on the studio cuts with the exceptions of 'Dargai' and 'Night Comes In', the latter having a brilliant, if frugally played extended solo. Much of his guitar work is confined as a background instrument on the other tracks. Nevertheless this album has a lot of depth and spirituality to it and definitely improves on repeated plays. In fact it took me several plays before it really clicked, and it was worth the trouble. PDLS has gradually become one of my favourite RT albums of all time, but you have to be in the right mood to get the most out of it.

For some odd reason on my original vinyl copy the 1st four tracks are listed 5 - 8 here with 1 - 4 on the CD finishing off the album. Played in that order I find the album really flows that much better. 'Night Comes In' would seem to me to be the obvious closer in any case, but you can try it out and make up your own minds on that one.

PDLS is an excellent if heavy album, the music and lyrics are more than up to scratch and even RT's most bitter songs (Hard Luck Stories) still make one sit up and listen. It's a must-have for true RT fans.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 25 January 2017
This is my favourite Richard & Linda Thompson (just ahead of 'Bright Lights' & 'Hokey Pokey'). I'd probably agree that it's the darkest of all three, esp. the fairly bright 'Hokey Pokey', but the tracks on the album grow in stature with every time you hear them, so long as you give them the attention required. It opens deceptively with the driving 'Streets of Paradise', but thereafter the mood darkens considerably, with 'Night Comes In' & 'Beat the Retreat' capturing the sense of loss & despair which underpins the album.

There's also the explicit bitterness of 'Hard Luck Stories', and the original album ended aptly with the shimmering beauty of 'Dimming of the Day'. The remastered cd adds four new live tracks, including an epic 'Night Comes In' of over 12 minutes long, while both 'Streets of Paradise' & 'Beat the Retreat' had never been released before; all are worthy additions to the collection. The remastered sound quality is excellent throughout, while Thompson's lyrics are deep & rich, and Linda's voice rings like a bell. Truly exquisite stuff.
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Night comes in
Like some cool river
How can there be another day
Take my hand
O real companion
And we'll dance, we'll dance till we fade away
O the songs pour down like silver

This third Thompsons album may well be their most beautiful - an easy word to use, but at their most affecting Richard & Linda could move you like no one else.
They tended to give us a strong, punchy opener, and this one's no exception, the bittersweet Streets of Paradise, followed by a song their pal Sandy Denny also recorded (under the title I Wish I Was a Fool For You, which forms the words of the refrain) the superb For Shame of Doing Wrong.
Next up is the forlorn yet lovely ballad The Poor Boy is Taken Away, sung by Linda with her typical impassioned yet restrained sensitivity.
Richard sings the astonishing Night Come In (quoted above) which gives the album its title, and it's balanced by the next track, the surreally titled Jet Plane in a Rocking Chair, a mid-tempo folky song with John Kirkpatrick making his presence felt on accordion.
Beat the Retreat is another RT tour de force of both singing and songwriting, a six-minute ambivalent dirge-like song about 'running back home to you'. He sounds a significant note of resignation as much as of delight.
Hard Luck Stories hears Rich & Linda duetting on an amusingly pejorative song about another's constant complaining. It's great fun!
The lengthy Dimming of the Day/Dargai is yet another beautiful song, sung to perfection by Linda, with a guitar coda from Richard, winding up this stunning record in downbeat style.
The extra tracks on the excellent remastered Deluxe Edition are welcome live versions of three of the songs, plus their take on the great Penn/Oldham song Dark End of the Street (also recorded memorably by James Carr, Percy Sledge, and Gram Parsons, among others).
After the astounding Bright Lights Tonight and hardly less good Hokey Pokey, Pour Down Like Silver in 1975 continued the run of uniquely brilliant albums by these two unrepeatably talented singer-musicians. Both went on to make some wonderful solo records - in particular the many absurdly consistent releases by Richard over the last three decades - and they're both still very much around, I'm delighted to say. This was an album they should forever be proud of, filled with impeccable performances of immaculately-composed songs.

O the songs
Pour down like silver
They can only
Only break my heart
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on 30 November 2015
I really found this tedious
I gave it away in the end.
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on 13 July 2004
A great album to be introduced to Richard and Linda Thompson with, the songs of Pour Down Like Silver are beautifully accomplished. Not as folky as I want to see the bright lights, with an eastern influence noticible in the music and lyrics (they had both converted to Suffism), this music is full of emotion, and makes beautiful listening. This new edition has some live recordings which add very little to the original recording, but the remastered sound is worth it!
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This was the third album that Richard and Linda recorded for Island Records. Though it has been somewhat overshadowed by the brilliance of their first album together, this comes close in terms of the quality of songwriting and performance. The excellent "Night Comes In" has Thompson's trademark sinewy electric guitar never sounding so good. But the best is the coupling of "Dimming of the Day/Dargai". The former is beautifully sung by Linda and links on to the closing instrumental section "Dargai". Here Thompson's acoustic guitar expertly marries technical virtuosity and emotional feeling, with notes bent out of his guitar, a superb showcase for his skills. A personal favourite is the longing of "Beat the Retreat".
This remastered version is beautifully presented, with sleeve notes and full lyrics included. There are also four extra live tracks attached, including the 12 minute "Night Comes In" which was originally included on the "Guitar/Vocal" rarities compilation album.
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on 18 December 2012
I wouldn't normally foist my opinions on anyone but I will make a rare exception for this astonishing album. Not everyone's glass of voignier, to be sure, but if you like the sort of music Richard and Linda made in the 70s this is THE one. Bleak as a winter's day at Dunnottar Castle, the playing, singing and lyrics are their best as a duo. Not as commercial as the others, true, but this work has stood the test of the 37 years better than all the others. And it has the original version of Dimming of The Day. The CD has good live tracks - but the core eight original tracks are simply unbeatable. Buy it - you know you want to!
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VINE VOICEon 20 February 2001
For purists, probably the greatest. Every song is stunning (OK, with the exception of the attempt at humour "Hard Luck Stories"). Richard & Linda must have been going through some real bad times - "For Shame of Doing Wrong", "Beat the Retreat" - and RT's all-time sweetest, most beautiful melody "Dimming of the Day" with the most heartbreaking harmonies. The band is extremely pared down - aside from RT's guitar the only other significant musical colour is provided by John Kirkpatrick on accordian - and that makes the whole record more perfect still. And "Night Comes In" is another "Calvary Cross" - wonderful song with a blinding 6 minute guitar solo lashed on the end. If you sort of quite like Richard Thompson occasionally in a limited way, get this now. I don't need to tell anyone else, they've already got it.
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on 7 November 2012
Had to buy this as it has 3 indispensable (IMHO) tracks which are not on the "Introduction to..." CD, namely, "Streets of Paradise", "Jet Plane in a Rocking Chair" and "Hard Luck Stories" . In fact, that CD seems to contain all "Pour Down" EXCEPT those tracks. I would also regard this as their best joint album.
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on 1 March 2013
If you are only just getting to know Richard Thompson, or are a fan of the years, this is a definite for you. Lovely, and I believe the last album that Richard and Linda did together.

Truly lovely, great acoustic guitar. A real must for the collector!
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