Richard & Linda Thompson – Sunnyvista (1979) {Chrysalis CCD 1247}

Richard & Linda Thompson - Sunnyvista (1979) {Chrysalis CCD 1247}

Richard & Linda Thompson – Sunnyvista (1979) {Chrysalis CCD 1247}
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© 1979 Chrysalis Records | CCD 1247
Rock / Folk Rock / British Folk / British Folk Rock

1978’s First Light marked Richard & Linda Thompson’s first time in a recording studio after three years away from music, and it suggested they were still getting warmed up as performers; a year later, Sunnyvista found them in much stronger form and a significantly more upbeat frame of mind. Sunnyvista is the wittiest and most joyous album Richard & Linda made together; while several of Richard Thompson’s trademark meditations on romance at it’s least successful are on hand, “Why Do You Turn Your Back” manages to generate an unusually soulful groove, “Lonely Hearts” captures the melancholy country feel that First Light never quite caught, and “Traces of My Love” finds a winning warmth in its sadness.

Richard Thompson’s satirical eye gets an airing on the darkly witty title cut, and he displays his rarely aired politically conscious streak on the rabble-rousing “Borrowed Time” and “Justice in the Streets.” Linda Thompson’s vocals are in superb form on “Sisters,” a lovely duet with Anna McGarrigle. And you’d have to go back to Hokey Pokey to hear the Thompsons having as much fun as they do on the rollicking “Saturday Rolling Around” and the wildly passionate “You’re Going to Need Somebody.” With a big band of Fairport Convention and Albion Band associates and top UK session players on board, and Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Gerry Rafferty, and Glenn Tilbrook contributing vocals, Sunnyvista boasts the stylistic eclecticism of the Thompsons’ best work, with a healthy dose of added enthusiasm. Anyone who thinks Richard & Linda Thompson’s records are always depressing have obviously never heard Sunnyvista; if it isn’t quite as resonant as I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight and Pour Down Like Silver, it still boasts great songs, great singing, and you can play it at a party.

Richard & Linda Thompson - Sunnyvista (1979) {Chrysalis CCD 1247}

Richard Thompson, vocals, guitar, mandolin, hammered dulcimer, Roland guitar synthesiser;
Linda Thompson, vocals;
Michael Spencer-Arscott, drums;
Timi Donald, drums, percussion [3, 5, 10];
Dave Pegg, bass;
Pat Donaldson, bass [10];
Simon Nicol, acoustic and electric guitars;
John Kirkpatrick, accordion, triangle;
Sue Harris, oboe, hammered dulcimer;
Pete Wingfield, keyboards;
Rabbit Bundrick, keyboards [5, 10];
Louis Jardine, percussion;
Dave Mattacks, drums [9];
Bruce Lynch, bass [9];
Kate & Anna McGarrigle, backing vocals [4, 8, 10];
Borrowed Time Glen Tilbrook, Julian Littman, Marc Ellington, backing vocals [2, 7];
Gerry Rafferty, backing vocals [7];
Olive Simpson, Nicole Tibbels, Lindsay Benton, backing vocals [6];
Hafsa Abdul Jabbas, Abdu Rahim, backing vocals [9]

01 – Civilisation
02 – Borrowed Time
03 – Saturday Rolling Around
04 – You’re Going to Need Somebody
05 – Why Do You Turn Your Back?
06 – Sunnyvista
07 – Lonely Hearts
08 – Sisters
09 – Justice in the Streets
10 – Traces of My Love

Richard & Linda Thompson - Sunnyvista (1979) {Chrysalis CCD 1247}
Richard & Linda Thompson - Sunnyvista (1979) {Chrysalis CCD 1247}


Richard & Linda Thompson – Sunnyvista (1979) {Chrysalis CCD 1247}

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