Un’Altra Bellissima Sorpresa In Uscita All’11 Settembre: Il Box Hard Luck Stories Con L’Integrale Di Richard & Linda Thompson

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Richard & Linda Thompson – Hard Luck Stories – Deluxe Box 8 CD UMC/Universal Music – 11-09-2020

In attesa di un corposo articolo che ho scritto in relazione a questo cofanetto e che leggerete sul Buscadero di Settembre e poi su questo Blog, vi anticipo i dati essenziali relativi ad Hard Luck Stories, box che traccia il tragitto musicale (e anche le vicende umane, grazie ad un bellissimo libro rilegato di 72 pagine contenuto nella confezione) di Richard e Linda Thompson, la coppia regina del folk-rock britannico, e non solo, dai primi incontri ad inizio anni ’70, fino alla tempestosa separazione, avvenuta nel 1982, dopo la pubblicazione di Shoot Out The Lights. A seguire trovate l’incipit e le premesse del box.

Era stato annunciato in uscita per questa primavera, prima che scoppiasse la buriana del coronavirus, ma ora eccolo in uscita per l’11 settembre (data forse non molto fausta per gli scaramantici), questo cofanetto Hard Luck Stories 1972-1982 raccoglie i 6 album ufficiali della discografia di Richard & Linda Thompson, rimasterizzati ad arte per l’occasione, con il fattivo aiuto della coppia rappacificata che ha anche compilato i contenuti di questa collezione. 8 CD, tra i quali First Light e Sunnyvista, con nuovi masters ritrovati di recente. 113 canzoni, di cui 31 inedite e moltissime rarità: per la serie anche l’occhio vuole la sua parte il tutto è raccolto in un bellissimo manufatto, con un libro rilegato di 72 pagine di eccellente fattura, ricco di foto, tra gli altri, di Keith Morris, Gered Mankowitz e Pennie Smith, ma anche dalla collezione personale di Richard & Linda, che hanno altresì rilasciato molti ricordi di quegli anni trascorsi insieme, e ci sono pure due ottimi nuovi saggi scritti dai giornalisti Patrick Humphries e Mick Houghton. Una produzione artistica sontuosa che illustra i 10 anni in cui hanno lavorato insieme attraverso un lavoro complessivo tra i più ricchi prodotti dalla scena musicale inglese di quel periodo, e non solo in ambito folk. L’opera omnia è stata divisa in 8 capitoli, come i CD, e una Coda finale, solo come scritto nelle corpose note del libro, che illustra quanto successo dal 1983 a oggi.

E questo è il contenuto completo del cofanetto.

[CD1: Sometime It Happens – The Early Years]
1. Sweet Little Rock And Roller – The Bunch – Alt version – Previously Unreleased
2. The Locomotion – The Bunch – from ‘Rock On’
3. My Girl In The Month of May – The Bunch – from ‘Rock On’
4. When Will I Be Loved – duet with Sandy Denny
5. Amazon Queen – Previously Unreleased
6. Shaky Nancy – from ‘Henry The Human Fly’
7. The Angels Took My Racehorse Away – from ‘Henry The Human Fly’
8. Embroidered Butterflies – from Brian Patten’s ‘Vanishing Trick’
9. After Frost – from Brian Patten’s ‘Vanishing Trick’
10. Sometimes It Happens – Demo – from ‘Dreams Fly Away’
11. Restless Boy – Demo – from ‘Give Me A Sad Song’
12. The World Is A Beautiful Place – from ‘Give Me A Sad Song’
13. Shady Lies – Live at London University College, 25/10/1972
14. Napoleon’s Dream – Live at London University College, 25/10/1972

[CD2: I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight – Expanded]
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
Bonus Tracks:
11. Mother And Son – Previously Unreleased
12. Down Where The Drunkards Roll – Take 1 – Previously Unreleased
13. The End Of The Rainbow – Linda Thompson vocal version – Previously Unreleased
14. A Heart Needs A Home – Demo version – Previously Unreleased
15. The Great Valerio – from ‘Live At The Rainbow’, 16/03/1975

[CD3: Hokey Pokey – Expanded]
1. Hokey Pokey Song (The Ice Cream Song)
2. I’ll Regret It All In The Morning
3. Smiffy’s Glass Eye
4. Egypt Room
5. Never Again
6. Georgie On A Spree
7. Old Man Inside A Young Man
8. The Sun Never Shines On The Poor
9. A Heart Needs A Home
10. Mole In A Hole
Bonus Tracks:
11. Hokey Pokey – Live on Marc Time – 1975 – Previously Unreleased
12. A Heart Needs A Home – Alternate 1976 version

[CD4: Pour Down Like Silver – Expanded]
1. Streets Of Paradise
2. For Shame Of Doing Wrong
3. The Poor Boy Is Taken Away
4. Night Comes In
5. Jet Plane In A Rocking Chair
6. Beat The Retreat
7. Hard Luck Stories
8. Dimming Of The Day / Dargai
Bonus Tracks:
9. Wanted Man – Previously Unreleased
10. Last Chance – Previously Unreleased
11. Diming Of The Day – Demo version – Previously Unreleased
12. Things You Gave Me – Live at Oxford Polytechnic, 27/11/1975
13. It’ll Be Me – Live at Oxford Polytechnic, 27/11/1975
14. Calvary Cross – Live at Oxford Polytechnic, 27/11/1975

[CD5: The Madness Of Love – Live – Previously Unreleased]
1. Dargai – Live at Queen Elizabeth Hall, 25/04/1975
2. Never Again -Live at Queen Elizabeth Hall, 25/04/1975
3. Dark End Of The Street – Live at Queen Elizabeth Hall, 25/04/1975 – Remixed
4. Beat The Retreat – Live at Queen Elizabeth Hall, 25/04/1975 – Remixed
5. The Sun Never Shines On The Poor – Live at Queen Elizabeth Hall, 25/04/1975
6. If I Were A Woman And You Were A Man – Theatre Royal, London, 01/05/1977
7. The Madness Of Love – Live, Theatre Royal, London, 01/05/1977
8. Night Comes In (Linda vocal) – Live, Theatre Royal, London, 01/05/1977
9. A Bird In God’s Garden – Live, Theatre Royal, London, 01/05/1977
10. The King Of Love – Live, Theatre Royal, London, 01/05/1977
11. Layla – Live, Theatre Royal, London, 01/05/1977

[CD6: First Light – Expanded]
1. Restless Highway
2. Sweet Surrender
3. Don’t Let A Thief Steal Into Your Heart
4. The Choice Wife
5. Died For Love
6. Strange Affair
7. Layla
8. Pavane
9. House Of Cards
10. First Light
Bonus Tracks:
11. Strange Affair – Demo version – Previously Unreleased
12. Drunk – Demo version – Previously Unreleased
13. The Dust Of Your Road – Demo version – Previously Unreleased
14. Layla – Demo version – Previously Unreleased
15. Died For Love – Demo version – Previously Unreleased
16. First Light – Demo version

[CD7. Sunnyvista – Expanded]
1. Civilization
2. Borrowed Time
3. Saturday Rolling Around
4. You’re Going To Need Somebody
5. Why Do You Turn Your Back?
6. Sunnyvista
7. Lonely Hearts
8. Sisters
9. Justice In The Streets
10. Traces Of My Love
Bonus Tracks:
11. Georgie On A Spree – 7” single version
12. Lucky In Life – Demo version – Previously Unreleased
13. Speechless Child – Demo version – Previously Unreleased
14. Traces Of My Love – Demo version – Previously Unreleased
15. For Shame Of Doing Wrong – Gerry Rafferty version
16. The Wrong Heartbeat – Gerry Rafferty version
17. Back Street Slide – Gerry Rafferty session – 1996 remix

[CD8: Shoot Out The Lights – Expanded]
1. Don’t Renege On Our Love
2. Walking On A Wire
3. A Man In Need
4. Just The Motion
5. Shoot Out The Lights
6. Back Street Slide
7. Did She Jump Or Was She Pushed?
8. Wall Of Death
Bonus Tracks:
9. Living In Luxury – 7” single version
10. The Wrong Heartbeat – ‘Shoot Out The Lights’ version – Previously Unreleased
11. I’m A Dreamer – Gerry Rafferty session – 1996 remix
12. Walking On A Wire – Gerry Rafferty session – 1996 remix
13. Pavanne – Live, 2nd Story, Bloomington, Indiana, 29/5/1982 – Previously Unreleased
14. High School Confidential – Live, 2nd Story, Bloomington, Indiana, 29/5/1982 – Previously Unreleased

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Bruno Conti
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