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I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight [Bonus Tracks]


  • 1. When I Get to the Border
    2. Calvary Cross, The
    3. Withered and Died
    4. I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight
    5. Down Where the Drunkards Roll
    6. We Sing Hallelujah
    7. Has He Got a Friend for Me
    8. Little Beggar Girl, The
    9. End of the Rainbow, The
    10. Great Valerio, The
    11. I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight - (previously unreleased, live, BonusTrack)
    12. Together Again - (previously unreleased, live, Bonus Track)
    13. Calvary Cross, The - (previously unreleased, live, Bonus Track)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9817907

  • Credits
    ProducerRichard Thompson; John Wood
    EngineerJohn Wood

    Personnel: Richard Thompson (vocals, guitar); Linda Thompson (vocals); Simon Nicol (dulcimer); Brian Gulland, Richard Harvey (krummhorn); John Kirkpatrick (concertina, accordion); Pat Donaldson (bass); Timi Donald (drums); Royston Wood, Trevor Lucas (background vocals).
    Recorded at Sound Techniques Studio, London, England.
    Personnel: Simon Nicol (dulcimer); John Kirkpatrick (accordion, concertina); Timi Donald (drums); Royston Wood, Trevor Lucas (background vocals).
    Recording information: Sound techniques Studios, London, England; The Roundhouse.
    The debut album from Richard and Linda started a career that has placed Thompson in the 'forever to be a huge cult figure' bracket. They did everything on this album, bar make the charts and sell records. Folk, rock, country and pop are brilliantly covered in a tasteful and controlled package that is a delight from beginning to end, with Linda singing beautifully. Concert favourites such as 'The Calvary Cross' and 'When I Get To The Border' are to be found here. It is not flippant to say that Richard Thompson is a world class songwriter and guitarist, albeit totally under-appreciated.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (7/5/01, p.146) - 4.5 out of 5 stars - "...Captures all the intensity that made their work together so gripping, so full of possibility and so impossible to sustain."
    Spin (p.110) - "[S]eductively bleak..."
    Q (p.135) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[Richard Thompson] gives full vent to his talent on this dark, brooding album."
    Q (11/99, p.163) - Included in Q Magazine's Best Folk Albums of All Time - "...confirmed Richard Thompson as the authentic voice of English music....The fearless use of seemingly incompatible instruments...provided a compelling backdrop for Linda's bruised voice and rarely has misery sounded so persuasive."
    Q (Magazine) (p.123) - "Calling on the services of CWS Silver Band, the title track surely ranks as one of the most joyful tunes ever written about painting the town red at the end of the working week."
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