Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 471/500!
Richard and Linda Thompson I Want to See the Bright
Lights Tonight on LP from Wax Cathedral!
Duo’s First Collaboration Together Also Its Darkest, Loveliest!
Richard Thompson found a sympathetic companion in his then-new wife Linda
Thompson, with whom he collaborates on 1974’s mystic I Want to See the Bright
Lights Tonight. While only his second solo record, the guitar virtuoso sounds
well beyond his years on an effort simultaneously bathed in thematic darkness
and illuminated with melodies that glisten with elegance, beauty, and joy. With
her rich and transparent voice, and superb feel for nuance, Linda effortlessly
pairs with her mate’s consequential fare—not an easy task.
Indeed, Richard, just a few years removed from his tenure in iconic folk
ensemble Fairport Convention, lays down several of the most memorable riffs and
fills of his prolific career, accenting moody songs that address trappings of
fame, circumstantial failings, and wry cynicism with unusual panache and grace.
His allegorical skills are in full bloom on “The Calgary Cross” and metaphorical
“The Great Valerio,” the latter brought to peak via a hammered dulcimer and
acoustic coda borrowed from Erik Satie.
"Richard played guitar like a Sufi-mystic Neil Young; wife Linda had the
voice of a Celtic Emmylou Harris. Bright Lights is their masterwork of folk-rock
dread. To hear where Radiohead picked up some guitar tricks, check out 'The
Calvary Cross'." - Rolling Stone
In listening to I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight, one can’t help be
reminded of how cultural critic Greil Marcus described Thompson’s
self-sacrificial and surreal brilliance: “Sometimes Thompson seems to be
singing from the plague years, following behind a cart full of corpses, laughing
at the stupidity of human faith in one verse, cursing God with the next—but time
stops. At any given moment, [he] steps forward playing both fool and
executioner; he cuts off his own head and holds it up for the pleasure of the
crowd, shaming it quiet.” And so it goes here.
Featuring dead-quiet surfaces, this Wax Cathedral LP is pressed at RTI,
America’s best record plant.
Recorded at Sound Techniques Studio, London.
• Wax Cathedral LP Pressed at RTI
• Dead-Quiet Surfaces
• 1st Duo Collaboration for Richard and Linda Thompson
• #479 of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time Rolling Stone List
• Guitar Virtuoso
Richard Thompson, vocals, guitar, dulcimer, mandolin, whistle, keyboards
Linda (Peters) Thompson, vocals
Timi Donald, drums
Pat Donaldson, bass guitar
John Kirkpatrick, accordion, Anglo concertina
Simon Nicol, dulcimer
Brian Gulland, Krummhorn
Richard Harvey, Krummhorn
Royston Wood, backing vocals
The CWS (Manchester) Silver Band
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 Drunkards Roll
6. We Sing Hallelujah
7. Has He Got a Friend For Me
8. The Little Beggar Girl
9. The End of the Rainbow
10. The Great Valerio