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The life and music of
Richard Thompson

“RT” is Free Reed’s 4-CD plus 5th Bonus CD celebration of the life and music of Richard Thompson. This set has been compiled with unprecedented access to Richard’s own archives and to Thompson collectors worldwide. It features the classic Richard Thompson songs and recordings never heard before and is made up entirely of previously-unreleased and extremely hard-to-find material. This essential purchase includes a superb 160-page biog/discography Book, with a truly unique image archive. The first 5,000 copies sold include the offer of a 6th write-in free gift CD!

Themes of the CDs within the set . . .


CD1: “Walking the long miles home” – Muswell Hill to L.A.
Life real and surreal – autobiography and observation; songs based onreal events; a dip into trad arr. ‘Tales in real time’.

CD2: “Something here worth more than gold” – Real rarities
An amazing array of unreleased Richard Thompson songs. Here you’ll find demos of songs given to other artists, out-takes and live performances of unreleased songs which have never before appeared on a Richard Thompson album.

CD3: “Shine In The Dark” – Epic live workouts
Acoustic or electric, one of the most memorable moments in any Richard Thompson set happens when a song suddenly opens out and becomes the springboard for instrumental improvisation. Here is a career-spanning collection of such moments.

CD4: “Songs pour down like silver” – Covers and Sessions
A Richard Thompson cover version is always a rare delight: this CD brings some of the best together – from trad. arr: to rock ’n’ roll, punk rock to sea shanties.

Plus two Bonus CDs!