Remarkably, this is the first ever compilation of Richard Thompson’s post Fairport Convention BBC recordings. Only one John Peel session from 1974 has ever been released before in this collection of 61 audio tracks – plus 19 track DVD. Live At The BBC also includes exclusive new interviews with Richard Thompson and Linda Thompson.
Spanning Thompson’s solo years from his first John Peel Session (with Linda Thompson) in January 1973 through to a Hub Session for Six Music in 2009, Live At The BBC features an entire disc of sessions and concerts from Richard And Linda Thompson including an In Concert performance with a full band recorded just after the release of the couple’s classic 1982 album Shoot Out The Lights.
The remaining audio discs feature Thompson solo or with a series of great Richard Thompson Bands, drawing from all Thompson’s Island, Polydor, Chrysalis and Hannibal albums in the 70s and 80s plus Thompson’s independent releases since 2001 from The Old Kit Bag to 2009’s Sweet Warrior. Highlights include an extraordinary acoustic session for Andy Kershaw in 1987 featuring ten stunning solo versions of tracks mostly drawn from Thompson’s mid-80s albums Daring Adventures and Across A Crowded Room but stretching back to poignant performances of ‘Withered And Died’ and the ‘End Of The Rainbow’ from the first Richard and Linda Thompson album I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight. From 1986, a top notch Richard Thompson Band augmented by accordionist John Kirkpatrick is captured in full flow at the Hammersmith Palais, with songs including ‘Valerie‘, ‘Wall Of Death‘ and ‘Fire In The Engine Room‘.