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Walking on a Wire: 1968-2009 [Box]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Time Will Show the Wiser
    2. Meet on the Ledge
    3. Genesis Hall
    4. Crazy Man Michael
    5. Sloth
    6. Roll Over Vaughn Williams
    7. Poor Ditching Boy, The
    8. Angels Took My Racehorse Away, The
    9. Great Valerio, The
    10. When I Get to the Border
    11. Withered and Died
    12. I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight
    13. Down Where the Drunkards Roll
    14. Calvary Cross, The
    15. I'll Regret It All in the Morning
    16. Old Man Inside a Young Man
    17. For Shame of Doing Wrong
    18. Night Comes In
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Dimming of the Day/Dargai
    2. Heart Needs a Home, A
    3. Don't Let a Thief Steal into Your Heart
    4. Strange Affair
    5. Sunnyvista
    6. Sisters
    7. Rockin' in Rhythm
    8. Did She Jump or Was She Pushed
    9. Man in Need
    10. Shoot Out the Lights
    11. Wall of Death
    12. Walking on a Wire
    13. Tear Stained Letter
    14. How I Wanted To
    15. Hand of Kindness
    16. Beat the Retreat - (live)
    17. I Ain't Going to Drag My Feet No More
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Little Blue Number
    2. She Twists the Knife Again
    3. Valerie
    4. Turning of the Tide
    5. I Still Dream
    6. Waltzing's for Dreamers
    7. Read About Love
    8. I Feel So Good
    9. I Misunderstood
    10. 1952 Vincent Black Lightning
    11. Put Your Trust in Me
    12. From Galway to Graceland - (live)
    13. I Can't Wake Up to Save My Life
    14. MGB-GT
    15. Mingus Eyes
    16. Beeswing
    17. Taking My Business Elsewere
    18. King of Bohemia
    19. Don't Roll Those Bloodshot Eyes at Me - (live)
    20. Razor Dance
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Hide It Away
    2. Last Shift
    3. Big Chimney
    4. Lotteryland
    5. Persuasion - (live)
    6. Cooksferry Queen
    7. Bathsheba Smiles
    8. Hard on Me - (live)
    9. Gethsemane
    10. Love You Can't Survive, A
    11. Legal Matter, A - (live)
    12. Grizzly Man (Main Titles)
    13. Al Bowlly's in Heaven - (live)
    14. I'll Never Give It Up
    15. Dad's Gonna Kill Me
    16. She Sang Angels to Rest
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 311087

  • Credits
    ProducerJeff Palo; Danny Thompson; Fairport Convention; Derek Dresher; Henry Kaiser; Danny Thompson; Todd Lloyd; Joe Boyd; John Chelew; John Wood; Mitchell Froom; Peter Filleul; Richard Thompson; Rob Schnapf; Simon Nicol; Simon Tassano; Tchad Blake; Terry Lickona; Tom Dube; Tom Rothrock; David McLees (Compilation); Richard Thompson (Compilation)
    EngineerDavid Vanderheyden; Ed Haber; Edward Haber; David Vanderheyden; Ilana Pelzig Cellum

    Personnel: Richard Thompson (vocals, whistling, guitar, acoustic guitar, acoustic 12-string guitar, electric guitar, dulcimer, hammer dulcimer, autoharp, hurdy-gurdy, mandocello, mandolin, whistle, accordion, piano, harmonium, organ, synthesizer, Theremin, background vocals); Pete Zorn (vocals, whistling, acoustic guitar, mandolin, saxophone, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, percussion, background vocals); Simon Nicol (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, acoustic 12-string guitar, electric guitar, electric 12-string guitar, 12-string guitar, nylon-string guitar, banjo, dulcimer, violin, piano, organ, bass guitar, background vocals); Teddy Thompson (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, dulcimer, background vocals); Sandy Denny (vocals, acoustic guitar, acoustic 12-string guitar, piano, harpsichord, organ); Judy Dyble (vocals, autoharp, recorder, piano); Dave Swarbrick (vocals, mandolin, fiddle, viola); Dave Pegg (vocals, mandolin, bass guitar); Timi Donald (vocals, drums, percussion); Ian Matthews (vocals, congas, background vocals); Ian MacDonald, Ian MacDonald (vocals, Jew's harp); Christine Collister, Judith Owen, Ashley Hutchings (vocals, background vocals); Linda Peter, Linda Peters, Linda Thompson, Pat Donaldson (vocals); John Kirkpatrick (bass voice, accordion, concertina, anglo concertina, triangle); Dolores Keane (whistling, whistle); James ORourke, James O'Rourke (guitar, piano); Tchad Blake (guitar); Andy Roberts (dulcimer); Sue Harris (hammer dulcimer, oboe); Sidonie Goossens, Sidonie Goossens, David Snell (harp); Mitchell Froom (electric harp, piano, celesta, organ, Hammond b-3 organ, portative organ, regal, chamberlin, keyboards, Theremin); Martin Lamble, Martin Lamble (violin, fiddle, drums, washboard, tabla, percussion); Joe Buck, Jr., Peter Knight Singers, Alan V. Michaels, Joe Buck, Peter Knight, Sid Page (violin); Aly Bain (fiddle, double bass); Chuck Fleming, Chuck Fleming, Nic Jones, Sue Draheim, Barry Dransfield, Tom McConville (fiddle); Novi Ola (viola); Danielle DeGruttola, Suzie Katayama (cello); Ian Whiteman (flute, shakuhachi, piano, electric piano, harmonium, organ); Peter Filleul (flute, keyboards, background vocals); Martin Dunn (flute); Tony Roberts (alto flute, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Peter Zorn (whistle, percussion, background vocals); David McKelsy (harmonica); Alan Dunn (accordion); Alistair Anderson (concertina); Philip Pickett & the New London Consort (shawm, recorder, soprano recorder, curtal, bass programming); Philip Pickett (shawm, recorder, soprano recorder, curtal, symphony); Philip Pickett , Phil Pickett (shawm); Dylan Fowler (oboe); Pete Thomas (saxophone, tenor saxophone, drums, percussion); Paul Dunmall (saxophone, tenor saxophone); John Defereri (tenor saxophone); David Bitelli, Jeff Big Dad Turmes (baritone saxophone); Clay Toyani, Henry Lowther (trumpet); Tony Goddard, Larry Hall , Stephen Corbett, Brian Jones , Brian Taylor, Charlie Davis (cornet); Randall Aldcroft, Randall Aldcroft, Jeff Cole, Stephen Barnett , Mark Cutts, Les Benedict (trombone); Ian Peters (euphonium); Phil Goodwin (tuba); David Horn (tenor horn); Dave Mattacks (harmonium, keyboards, drums, snare drum, bodhran, hi-hat, percussion); Neil Larsen, Pete Wingfield (keyboards); Danny Thompson , Danny Thompson (acoustic bass, double bass, upright bass); Damon Smith (acoustic bass); Jerry Scheff (double bass, electric bass); Tyger Hutchings (double bass, bass guitar, background vocals); Atom Ellis, Taras Prodaniuk (electric bass); Michael Jerome (drums, percussion, background vocals); John Hanes (drums, percussion); Michael Spencer-Arscott, Jim Keltner, Joey Waronker, Mickey Curry, Andy Newmark (drums); Liz Kitchen, Chris Karen, Louis Jardine, Alex Acua, Chris Karan (percussion); Clive Gregson, Phil Barnes, Dave Burland, Kingsley Abbott, Paul Ghosh, Bobby "Blanco" King, Lal Carthy, Lindsay Benton, Phil Barnes, Peta Webb, Mike Carthy, Norma Carthy, Glenn Tilbrook, Heather Brady, Dave Brady, Andrew Horvitch, Royston Wood, Nicole Tibbels, John Hiatt, Julian Littman, Julie Covington, Kate McGarrigle, Maddy Prior, Martin Carthy, Michael Parker, Andy Fairweather Low, Peta Webb, Anna McGarrigle, The Watersons, Trevor Lucas, Bill Caddick, Olive Simpson, Marc Ellington, Kingsley Abbott, Heather Brady, Dave Brady (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Simon Tassano.
    Audio Remasterer: Bob Fisher .
    Liner Note Authors: Crazy Man Michael; Jim Bessmon; Patrick Humphries; Linda Thompson; Richard Thompson.
    Recording information: England (01/08/1982-02/02/2001); Inside Out Festival, Crawley, England (01/08/1982-02/02/2001); The Bottom Line, NY (01/08/1982-02/02/2001); The Iron Horse, Northampton, MA (01/08/1982-02/02/2001).
    Editor: Simon Tassano.
    Photographers: Eric Hayes; John Free; Greg Allen; Richard Thompson; Bill Gill.
    Richard Thompson has never had a for-real hit record (at least not in America) over the course of a career that's spanned five decades, but there are few musicians who are better respected by their peers or have a more devoted fan base, and not without reason -- he's a fine singer, a superb, inventive guitarist, and a truly masterful songwriter. This may explain why Thompson, a man who could best be described as a "cult figure," is being honored with his third multi-disc box set. WALKING ON A WIRE: 1968-2009 is a four-disc set that offers a carefully edited and intelligently compiled chronological summary of Thompson's recorded repertoire, from his early recordings with Fairport Convention to his 2007 solo album, SWEET WARRIOR. It's hard to imagine anyone who appreciates music that speaks honestly to the heart and soul not falling in love with this.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.80) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[An] excellent 71-track primer, which also shows the U.K. vet as a world-class songwriter."
    Spin (p.91) - "Thompson's foghorn baritone gives his songs a medieval gravitas, and the beginning with Fairport's 'Meet on the Ledge,' he has wrestled with the nostalgia and melancholy of adulthood in frank, darkly funny lyrics."
    Billboard (p.33) - "WALKING ON A WIRE makes for an expansive introduction to an ambitious artist."
    Q (Magazine) (p.123) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's expertly selected to showcase his extraordinary way with a song."
    Pitchfork (Website) - "1991's 'Read About Love' is as vivacious and catchy as any other power-pop song of its era....The set is the closest thing Thompson's got to the career-spanning greatest-hits album he deserves..."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.90) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "Lyrically, Thompson's articulacy and intelligence knows no bounds....Richard Thompson is many men, and you'll find them all across these 71 tracks."
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