RICHARD & LINDA THOMPSON - Shoot Out The Lights: Rhino Handmade Edition (2010)
Richard & Linda Thompson's potent and epochal 1982 classic Shoot Out The Lights is getting the double-disc reissue treatment from Warner's online-only imprint Rhino Handmade. The set is released on Oct. 20. The original album, an unflinching look at the downside of love and by critical consensus one of the top releases of the 1980s, is expanded with a live disc recorded during the legendary tour in support of the album - a tour which saw the couple's faltering relationship dissolve in acrimony, but which also, according to legend, inspired some remarkably intense performances. The live material includes covers of Hank Williams' "Honky Tonk Blues" and Bob Dylan's "I'll Keep It With Mine."
Rhino Handmade reissues the couple's legendary swan song as a two-disc deluxe edition that includes the original album along with a bonus disc of 11 unreleased live performances from the tour. The live disc is a wonderful revelation and includes some frighteningly good guitar work from Richard Thompson. He plays like a man with something to prove, and has sympathetic backing from a band that featured three members of Thompson’s former band, Fairport Convention. Oddly the best track here is the most poorly recorded, taken from a soundboard mix cassette. It’s a stunning take on Bob Dylan’s “I’ll Keep It With Mine.” There is also an exquisite vocal rendition of “Pavanne” by Linda, accompanied only by Richard’s acoustic guitar playing. Richard shines on the undeniable “Borrowed Time.” In light of the history that we now know, it’s hard not to have your heart broken by “Dimming of the Day.”
DISC 1: 01. Don't Renege On Our Love 02. Walking On A Wire 03. Man In Need 04. Just The Motion 05. Shoot Out The Lights 06. Back Street Slide 07. Did She Jump or Was She Pushed 08. Wall Of Death
DISC 2: 01. Dargai (4 June 1982 Santa Cruz) 02. Back Street Slide (6 June 1982 San Francisco) 03. Pavanne (6 June 1982 San Francisco) 04. I'll Keep It With Mine (soundboard 1982) 05. Borrowed Time (4 June 1982 Santa Cruz) 06. Did She Jump Or Was She Pushed (4 June 1982 Santa Cruz) 07. I'm A Dreamer (6 June 1982 San Francisco) 08. Honky Tonk Blues (4 June 1982 Santa Cruz) 09. Shoot Out The Lights (4 June 1982 Santa Cruz) 10. For Shame Of Doing Wrong (6 June 1982 San Francisco) 11. Dimming Of The Day (6 June 1982 San Francisco) 12. The Price Of Love (Hidden Bonus Track)