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London 2019 [no label, 3CD]

Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK; September 30, 2019. Fairly to very good audience recording.

On September 30, Richard Thompson fans were invited to celebrate the folk legend’s 70th birthday at the Royal Albert Hall alongside some very special guests. The incredible lineup featured the Thompson clan, Pink Floyd legend David Gilmour, Richard’s schoolmate Hugh Cornwell of the Stranglers, Derek Smalls (formerly of the band formally known as Spinal Tap), Loudon Wainwright III and many fantastic vocalists including Marry Waterson, Eliza Carthy and Kate Rusby – a more than fitting tribute to, and celebration of, a truly exceptional artist.

Some comments:

You were there? Wasn’t it astonishing? They could have played till 3 am or 4 am and none of us would have moved an inch! #RichardThompson #Legend!
- Suman (@A_Holmesian) October 1, 2019

I just sang “fine horseman” with Richard Thompson and Martin Carthy. My mum would have been delighted, I know I was. It’s a mahoosive love fest back stage. What a wonderful experience.
- Marry Waterson (@MarryWaterson) September 30, 2019

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Thanks to Leadville200 for sharing the show at Dime.
Pictures by Andy Paradise, posted at - Thanks!

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CD1 (Set 1)
Track 101. Intro - Richard Thompson Trio with Zara Phillips 0:50
Track 102. The Storm Won’t Come 5:42
Track 103. Introduction of Jack Thompson and Hugh Cornwell 1:10
Track 104. Tobacco Road (with Hugh Cornwell) 3:02
Track 105. Intro 0:19
Track 106. Peaches (with Hugh Cornwell) 4:44
Track 107. The Most Beautiful Girl in Hollywood (with Hugh Cornwell) 3:03
Track 108. Introduction of Ashley Hutchings and Blair Dunlop 1:23
Track 109. Blues In My Bottle (with Ashley Hutchings and Blair Dunlop) 3:52
Track 110. Introduction of Dave Mattacks and Zac Hobbs/Ashley’s Diary 1:20
Track 111. Jack O’ Diamonds 3:42
Track 112. Introduction of Dave Pegg 0:44
Track 113. Down Where the Drunkards Roll (with Dave Pegg) 4:06
Track 114. Introduction of Bob Mould 0:45
Track 115. Turning Of The Tide (with Bob Mould) 3:08
Track 116. If I Can’t Change Your Mind (with Bob Mould) 3:24
Track 117. Introduction of Kate Rusby 1:05
Track 118. Withered And Died (with Kate Rusby) 4:18
Track 119. Intro 1:07
Track 120. As The Lights Go Out (with Kate Rusby) 4:08
Track 121. Introduction of Marc Ellington, Danny Thompson, Eliza Carthy and Alistair Anderson 1:27
Track 122. The Bonnie Lass o’ Fyvie (with Marc Ellington, Danny Thompson, Eliza Carthy and Alistair Anderson) 4:43
Track 123. Introduction of Martin Carthy 0:54
Track 124. Fare Thee Well (with Martin Carthy) 4:04
Track 125. Introduction of Marry Waterson 0:34
Track 126. Fine Horseman (with Marry Waterson) 4:09
Track 127. Introduction of Eliza Carthy 0:30
Track 128. The Great Valerio (with Eliza Carthy) 5:20
Track 129. Intro 0:48
Track 130. Hug You Like A Mountain (with Eliza Carthy and Teddy Thompson) 5:37
80 mins

CD2 (Set 2)
Track 201. Intro 0:54
Track 202. Beeswing (with Alistair Anderson) 6:07
Track 203. Madame Bonaparte (with Alistair Anderson) 3:34
Track 204. Introduction of Teddy Thompson 0:21
Track 205. Persuasion (with Teddy Thompson) 4:29
Track 206. Introduction of Christine Collister 0:31
Track 207. Ghosts in the Wind (with Christine Collister, Danny Thompson and Dave Mattacks) 5:48
Track 208. Intro 0:29
Track 209. Sweetheart On The Barricade 4:38
Track 210. Introduction of Olivia Chaney 0:42
Track 211. Who Knows Where The Time Goes? (with Olivia Chaney) 6:00
Track 212. Intro 1:02
Track 213. House On the Hill (Olivia Chaney solo) 3:43
Track 214. Introduction of Maddy Prior 1:11
Track 215. Sheath And Knife (with Maddy Prior) 6:08
Track 216. Intro 0:43
Track 217. Grey Funnel Line (with Maddy Prior and Teddy Thompson) 3:27
Track 218. Introduction of Kami Thompson and James Walbourne 0:51
51 mins

Track 301. Keep Your Distance (with Kami Thompson and James Walbourne) 4:00
Track 302. Introduction of Linda Thompson 0:51
Track 303. That’s Enough (with entire Thompson Family) 5:40
Track 304. Introduction of Judith Owen 0:41
Track 305. Cry Me A River (with Judith Owen) 4:24
Track 306. Introduction of Derek Smalls 2:05
Track 307. She Puts The Bitch in Obituary (with Derek Smalls) 4:52
Track 308. Introduction of Loudon Wainwright III 1:07
Track 309. The Swimming Song (with Loudon Wainwright III) 2:57
Track 310. I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight (with Loudon Wainwright III) 3:32
Track 311. Introduction of David Gilmour 1:21
Track 312. Dimming Of The Day (with David Gilmour) 5:31
Track 313. Fat Old Sun (Pink Floyd cover; with David Gilmour) 5:41
Track 314. Crowd 1:01
Track 315. Meet On The Ledge (with Everyone including Simon Nicol) 4:16
Track 316. Outro 2:37
51 mins

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  1. 19 Responses to “RICHARD THOMPSON - LONDON 2019”

  2. Fantastic! This is the best thing posted here in months. I especially love the duets on “Persuasion” and “Dimming of the Day.” Thanks, Bigo!RT has my vote for greatest guitar player ever.

    By Mark on Nov 6, 2019

  3. Mark “ do you always have to make your presence known? You are as bad as the other trolls that you engage in your silly blog war banter with . Derrick / U L E / Antichrist and all the rest can take a long jump off a three story building and you can join them . Let those of us who come here to enjoy music have some peace and take your boring one upsmanship elsewhere. Sic of all of you .

    By George on Nov 6, 2019

  4. Duh- I made a comment about the music on this music website. Are you another Derriere alias?

    By Mark on Nov 6, 2019

  5. No you boring Imbecile . Everyone who is sic of you must be a clone in your opinion. Many of us are sic of them too . Sic of all of you . Wouldn’t be so bad if this bleeping comments section weren’t in your face on every post . We come for music not social commentary and vulgar banter. Ever notice how many of the old guard never comment anymore? Fuck off all of you .Pardon my French people

    By George on Nov 6, 2019

  6. Interesting that FINALLY someone makes enthusiastic comments about the music and some troll takes trolling to a new level. Keep them coming Mark, you’re most welcome.

    By Fedupwithtrolls on Nov 6, 2019

  7. Fantastic Big O! Thank you so much for this! I was going to go to this and then discovered the tickets were over a £100 and couldn’t really afford that so this will have to do but I suspect will do very nicely too. What a fantastic tribute to the maestro.Look at that line-up! Staggering really

    Thanks! ;)

    By swappers on Nov 6, 2019

  8. Fed Up “ Mark is just another troll . In fact he may be the same person as those other idiots he chastises. My point was and is keep the comments to the music or get rid of them “ which unfortunately won’t happen apparently.

    By George on Nov 6, 2019

  9. Mark is a Jew . His name probably ends in berg stein or witz.

    By HHH on Nov 6, 2019

  10. Rumor has it Richard gots a Average Un

    By U L E on Nov 6, 2019

  11. Another geezer show .Par for the course

    By Pat Grooms on Nov 6, 2019

  12. Some Richard Thompson from the 1970s would be great instead of this old folks fest

    By Pat Grooms on Nov 6, 2019

  13. Thompson has aged very well. His last few studio albums have not been fantastic in my opinion, but his live shows continue to impress.

    By Mark on Nov 6, 2019

  14. ‘Man made Global Warming/Climate Change’! Really?

    Not your general ‘Man’ on the street anyway.

    I’ll leave these here if anyone actually cares! That’s if Big O allows it, rather than the usual filth they let through!


    By Jimmy Page's Soap on Nov 7, 2019

  15. I have lost track of how many times I’ve heard Richard Thompson live since the 80s. I have never seen him be anything less than a consumate professional -I saw him play to the most obnoxious crowd I’ve ever seen- and there have been times when he was as good as guy with a guitar can be. Happy 70th, sir, and thank you, Big O.

    By Eric on Nov 7, 2019

  16. While there are plenty of geezers out there who continue to play the same music that they played fifty years ago, Richard Thompson continues to add great new songs to his repertoire and continues to be a most unique and joyous guitar player.

    Always a pleasure to catch Richard live, either as a solo artist or with his great trio.

    By Frederick Miller on Nov 7, 2019

  17. One more thing- Richard’s son, Teddy, is quite a good singer-songwriter in his own right.

    By Mark on Nov 8, 2019

  18. Good point, Mr. Miller. There are several songs from “13 Rivers” that I think will stand the test of time.

    By Eric on Nov 8, 2019

  19. Richard Thompson is a living legend . There is no one today under 50 who will ever reach legendary status. The legends are dying off and won’t be replaced.

    By George on Nov 8, 2019

  20. You never know who will be a legend. It could be someone we’ve never heard of. It’s also possible that someone under 50 or 30 or even under 20 will make legendary music in the future. Not likely, but possible.

    By Eric on Nov 13, 2019

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