October 9, 2010 – 3:54 am

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Baltimore 1982 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Aurora Theatre, Baltimore; May 13, 1982. Very good soundboard.

Those who have heard or watched the Thompson Family Christmas show in London 2008 know that Richard and Linda have patched things up and the two even performed together at the 2010 Meltdown Festival.

Back in 1981, Richard, who was married to Linda, had met promoter Nancy Covey and in December 1981, Richard and Linda separated. When the Thompsons’ Shoot Out The Lights album was released in March 1982, the two went on a US tour to promote the album (and then went their separate ways).

According to the wikipedia, the performances were very strong but the tension between Richard and Linda was all too obvious on stage. On occasion she would hit him during the performance or trip him up as the band was walking onstage. Listening to the light banter at this show, no one would have guessed that the relationship between Richard and Linda was falling apart. But tracks such as Withered And Died and Don’t Renege On Our Love become more striking given what was happening between the couple and one can imagine the bitter irony when Linda sings the Richard-penned For Shame Of Doing Wrong: “When I see lovers holding hands and sighing/I hang my head for shame of doing wrong.”

Thanks to reb01501 for sharing this previously uncirculated show and artwork on the Dime site. While fans have been grateful for this rare and historical show, they have also been too kind not to mention that there is a bit of hiss and hum on the tracks, though the vocals and instruments remain clear and distinct.

reb01501 also noted that while the stage announcer said it was the group’s first US appearance, more likely it was the group’s third.

soundboard > cassette > first-generation cassette > PC

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 01. You’re Gonna Need Somebody (7.2MB)
Track 02. Did She Jump or Was She Pushed (8.8MB)
Track 03. Shoot Out the Lights (8.9MB)
Track 04. I’ll Keep It With Mine (12.0MB)
Track 05. A Man In Need (6.5MB)
Track 06. New-Fangled Flogging Reel > Kerry Reel (5.8MB)
07. Walking On A Wire - Omitted*
Track 08. Honky Tonk Blues (6.5MB)
Track 09. Dimming of the Day (7.8MB)
Track 10. Back Street Slide (9.6MB)
Track 11. Withered and Died (6.5MB)

Disc 2
Track 12. Band member introductions and Sams amp to the rescue (6.7MB)
Track 13. Don’t Renege on Our Love (7.9MB)
Track 14. It’s Just the Motion (12.5MB)
Track 15. For Shame of Doing Wrong (17.6MB)
Track 16. Down Where the Drunkards Roll (7.6MB)
Track 17. Danny Boy (5.8MB)
Track 18. Dargai (7.1MB)
Track 19. High School Confidential (7.7MB)

* Available on RT: The Life and Music of Richard Thompson

Simon Nicol - guitar
Pete Zorn - bass
Dave Mattacks - drums

Click on the link to order RT: The Life and Music of Richard Thompson.

  1. 9 Responses to “RICHARD & LINDA THOMPSON - BALTIMORE 1982”

  2. What a rare treat! The sound is superb, crystal clear. Rchard’s guitar sounds sublime. Thanks for posting!

    By Douglas Feinstein on Oct 9, 2010

  3. I was luck enough to see R&L twice live back in the 70’s in Guildford. I actually did some work for her a few years ago and got to know her son very well. I will be sending him a copy of the show along with another I have.
    Thanks a million for the show, great talent and should have been more albums for them both.

    By Cset on Oct 9, 2010

  4. Although touted as “previously uncirulated” the lion’s share of material on this appeared in 1999 on a bootleg called Crash Landing from the same soundboard tape source. Crash Landing was mastered a lot hotter and the “in your face” quality of that release doesn’t quite come through here. But it’s smokin’ none-the-less and now the complete show is available. Thanks much! A review of Crash Landing appears in BigO’s Best of L!MR pages.

    By Bill Glahn on Oct 9, 2010

  5. Wow. Love it! All my years of RT love was only met in one live LA performance. This is great.

    By Bilko on Oct 13, 2010

  6. Thanks for this! Great show!

    By Bill on Oct 15, 2010

  7. This is awesome. Any chance of re-up? Tracks 9, 15 and 18 are no longer working? Much appreciated.

    By Hearts of Stone on Mar 23, 2016

  8. Tracks 08 & 17 links not working !!!

    By Hans on Mar 29, 2017

  9. Links for tracks 8 & 17 are not working !!! Please repost!

    By Hans on Mar 29, 2017

  10. Hi
    Only a few tracks work. Would you be able to check them and re-up please?
    Many thanks,

    By Paul on May 4, 2018

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