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In 1974, Richard Thompson and the former Linda Peters released their first album together, and I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight was nothing short of a masterpiece, the starkly beautiful refinement of the promise of the Thompsons' solo debut, Henry the Human Fly. In Linda Thompson, Richard found a superb collaborator and a world-class vocalist; Linda possessed a voice as clear and rich as Sandy Denny's, but with a strength that could easily support Richard's often weighty material, and she proved capable of tackling anything presented to her, from the delicately mournful "Has He Got a Friend for Me" to the gleeful cynicism of "The Little Beggar Girl." And while Richard had already made clear that he was a songwriter to be reckoned with, on I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight he went from strength to strength. While the album's mood is decidedly darker than anything he'd recorded before, the sorrow of "Withered and Died," "The End of the Rainbow," and "The Great Valerio" spoke not of self-pity but of the contemplation of life's cruelties by a man who, at 25, had already been witness to more than his share. And though Richard didn't give himself a guitar showcase quite like "Roll Over Vaughn Williams" on Henry the Human Fly, the brilliant solos that punctuated many of the songs were manna from heaven for any guitar enthusiast. While I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight may be the darkest music of Richard & Linda Thompson's career, in this chronicle of pain and longing they were able to forge music of striking and unmistakable beauty; if the lyrics often ponder the high stakes of our fate in this life, the music offered a glimpse of the joys that make the struggle worthwhile. [2004's deluxe edition of the album included three previously unreleased live tracks, as well as expanded packaging and a full lyric sheet.]

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Songwriting, guitar work of the highest order. A simply indispensable album.

Beautiful from start to finish, lyrically as well as well as musically. "See that lover standing, staring at the ground / He was looking for the real thing, lies were all he found / You can have the real thing, it will only cost a pound / Down where the drunkards roll." Linda sings these words with such heartfelt emotion it floors me to listen to her over thirty years after first having heard it. Richard's guitar work is fabulous, as always, On this album, however, it's the quality of the songwriting that shines through. Just a great, great album. Nobody ever regrets buying this.

one of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Albums of the 20th Century...

Richard and Linda Thompson are the only artist(s) who had two albums land in Rolling Stone Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of the 20th Century. Seriously. Not even the Rolling Stones, the Beatles or Jacko can claim that honor. This album, and their later release, "Shoot Out the Lights." They're both magnificent, and the review quoted above pretty much says it all (although I do disagree that "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight" is their darkest - I think "Shoot Out the Lights" is a bit darker, actually).

"I'll hurt you until you need me..."

A great, great album. I had this on vinyl and re-purchased it on iTunes, and I don't regret it a bit. The bleakness of the album is not artificial, but refracted from humanity's unkindness onto an uncertain future. Linda Thompson said in an interview that Richard wrote "End of the Rainbow" right after the birth of one of their children. Her friends thought it was an awful song to write to a newborn but she thought it was tremendous, that there is no greater gift than the truth. And that is what this album is - a series of truths, whether lighthearted (the title track) or dispiriting ("Down Where the Drunkards Roll", "The End of the Rainbow"). For all the truth-telling, some songs ("The Great Valerio", "The Cavalry Cross") are shrouded in metaphors. It takes several listens to "Cavalry Cross" before you realize the cross the singer is carrying: his own talent and need to create and make music. The very thing that ties him to this ascetic life is what is allowing him to carry on; it is his art and his craft telling him "I'll hurt you until you need me."


Nacido(a): 03 de abril de 1949 en Notting Hill, London, England

Género: Rock

Años de actividad: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

For years, Richard Thompson resided in relative obscurity, while at the same time garnering vast critical praise for his magnificent guitar work and the dark wit and richness of his extraordinary songwriting. A founding member of the seminal British folk-rock group Fairport Convention, he remained with the band for five studio albums — Fairport Convention (1968), What We Did on Our Holiday (released as Fairport Convention in the U.S.) (1968), Unhalfbricking (1969), Liege and Lief (1969), and...
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