Richard and Linda Thompson – I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (1974)
Up until earlier this year, if I heard the name Mr. Thompson, I would think of this:
I still think of that and smile of course (easily a Top 5 Simpsons episode) but now I’m also grinning ear to ear thinking about another Mr. Thompson.
Richard is something else.
If I didn’t gush enough over Fairport Convention’s Liege & Lief, I will not make the same mistake with I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (IWTSTBLT): it’s simply exquisite.
With my most recent review, perhaps another reason I didn’t ooh and ahh over Tricky is that he had the misfortune of being experienced alongside this one. Maybe some potentially great albums have just seemed inferior because they were in the rotation next to an absolute masterpiece? That’s probably happened quite a few times in this project. To those albums, my apologies, one thousand and one of them.
Unlike with Maxinquaye however, it’s hard to pick standouts here as there isn’t a dud track on IWTSTBLT. And might I add, what a terrific, user-friendly acronym!
At a running time of less than 40 minutes, I was always left wanting more.
I could go on & on but I think I’d rather play the album again instead.
Oh, there are the opening chords to When I Get to the Border, if you’ll excuse me…