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Friday, April 20, 2007

Now That's What I Call Music

Richard and Linda Thompson's "Pour Down Like Silver" was probably my favourite record of 1975. Considering the same year also saw the release of "Born To Run" and "Blood On The Tracks", this is something. Whether it's actually The Best or not I can't be bothered to decide. You tend to support the things you think need your support. I've played it once tonight on CD and now I'm playing it on vinyl, enjoying the surface noise as much as I'm enjoying the extraordinary drumming of Dave Mattacks. (I have one of Dave Mattacks's drum sticks somewhere, begged off him after a Georgie Fame gig at Dingwalls in the late 70s.) I've been in awe of Richard Thompson since 1967 and he's never let me down, not even in retrospect. I'm told that "Streets Of Paradise" is a song about drug addiction. "I'd trade my wealth and treasure and the sash my father wore...to be walking down the streets of paradise." There really should be more of a puritan streak in rock. He's got a new record coming out soon. There's a track from it on the next Word CD.