RICHARD THOMPSON: Across a Crowded Room—Live at Barrymore’s 1985 (2-CD Set)
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  • Richard Thompson Is One of the Greatest Guitarists of His Generation

  • Over the Course of His 50-Plus Year Career, He Has Played with Some of the Finest Rock and Folk Musicians Alive, Starting with His First Band, Fairport Convention, and Beyond

  • But of All the Outfits Thompson Has Led During His Solo Career, the Line-Up He Took on the Road in 1985 to Support His Across a Crowded Room Album Was Perhaps His Finest

  • While the Album’s Sessions Had Featured Fairport Convention Stalwarts Simon Nicol and Dave Mattacks, for the Tour Thompson Enlisted the Considerable Talents of Any Trouble Leader Clive Gregson and His Creative Partner Christine Collister

  • Their Haunting Harmonies and Occasional Songwriting Contributions Fleshed Out the Band’s Sound

  • Meanwhile, the Rhythm Section Boasted Another British Folk-Rock Legend in Former Fotheringay/Pentangle/Cat Stevens Drummer Gerry Conway, Along with a Long-Time Thompson Collaborator, Bassist Rory McFarlane

  • By All Accounts, the Tour’s Live Shows Lived Up to the Potent Line-Up

  • Fortunately, One Show, at Barrymore’s in Ottawa, Canada on April 10, 1985, Was Captured for Posterity in Studio- Quality Sound Originally for an 18-Song Laserdisc Release

  • Now, for Its Premiere on Compact Disc, Real Gone Music Presents All 20 Songs from the Evening’s Set

  • 2-CD Set

  • Includes Such Fiery Numbers and Fan Favorites as “Wall Of Death,” “Fire In The Engine Room,” “I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight,” and “Withered And Died”

  • Thompson’s Guitar Work Is Nothing Short of Breathtaking, Particularly on “Shoot Out The Lights” and “Tear-Stained Letter”

  • Mastered by Tom Lewis at Studio 1093 in Athens, GA

  • Liner Notes by Scott Schinder

  • Period Photos

  • Produced by Bill Levenson

  • An Essential Addition to the Richard Thompson Discography


    Richard Thompson: Across a Crowded Room—Live at Barrymore’s 1985 (2-CD Set)

    As one of the greatest guitarists of his generation, Richard Thompson has played with some of the world’s most accomplished rock and folk musicians, starting, of course, with his first band, Fairport Convention. But of all the outfits Thompson has led during his sterling, post-Fairport, solo career, perhaps the finest was the unit he took out on the road with him for his 1985 tour supporting his then-current studio release (and first for the Polydor label), Across A Crowded Room. While the album’s recording sessions had featured Fairport Convention stalwarts Simon Nicol and Dave Mattacks on rhythm guitar and drums, respectively, for the tour Thompson enlisted the considerable talents of Any Trouble leader Clive Gregson and his creative partner Christine Collister, whose haunting harmonies (and occasional songwriting contributions) beautifully fleshed out the band’s live sound. And the rhythm section boasted a member of British folk-rock royalty in the person of former Fotheringay/Pentangle/Cat Stevens drummer Gerry Conway, along with a long-time Thompson collaborator, bassist Rory McFarlane. Fortunately, the tour’s live shows lived up to the promise of its potent line-up; even more fortunately, one of the shows (at Barrymore’s, Ottawa, Canada, April 10, 1985) was captured for posterity in studio-quality sound originally for an 18-song laserdisc release. Now, for its premiere on compact disc, we’ve included all 20 songs from the evening’s set, which included such fiery numbers and fan favorites as “Wall Of Death,” “Fire In The Engine Room,” “I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight,” and “Withered and Died,” the latter a particularly heartbreaking rendition. And, of course, Thompson’s guitar work is nothing short of breathtaking, particularly on “Shoot Out The Lights” and “Tear-Stained Letter.” Mastered by Tom Lewis at Studio 1093 in Athens, GA, and produced by Bill Levenson, with liner notes by Scott Schinder and period photos, Across a Crowded Room—Live at Barrymore’s 1985 is an essential addition to the Richard Thompson discography and offers enduring testimony as to the kind of magic the man can conjure on stage.


    Disc One

    1. Fire In The Engine Room  

    2. She Twists The Knife Again  

    3. Shoot Out The Lights  

    4. You Don’t Say  

    5. Warm Love Gone Cold  

    6. Wall Of Death  

    7. How I Wanted To  

    8. Little Blue Number  

    9. When The Spell Is Broken  

    10. Did She Jump Or Was She Pushed    

    11. The Wrong Heartbeat  

    12. Band Introductions  

    Disc Two

    1. Summer Rain  

    2. For Shame Of Doing Wrong  

    3. I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight  

    4. Nearly In Love  

    5. Love In A Faithless Country  

    6. I Ain’t Going To Drag My Feet No More  

    7. Tear-Stained Letter  

    8. Withered And Died  

    9. Skull And Cross Bones   

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