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 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.


  1. Ah, lovely surface noise. We all know what John Peel had to say about surface noise.

  2. Post a track, David!

  3. Anonymous4:39 pm

    I'm with you. Such a great cover photo too. I saw him last year at The Lyric with Danny Thompson. For a shy bloke with a (largely conquered) stutter he is quite the best all-round entertainer I have ever seen. Daft jokes followed by 16th century misery played impossibly well. In a Frank Spencer beret. He is a hero of the first water.