Saturday, October 13, 2007

by Manila #18

Richard & Linda Thompson "Rafferty's Folly" (bootleg)





















This is the Gerry Rafferty produced version of 'Shoot Out The Lights' that never (quite) saw the light of day. An entire book has been written about this album ('Richard & Linda Thompson's Shoot Out the Lights' by Hayden Childs, part of the '33 1/3' series). I haven't read it yet so I don't know the full story. If, as I heard, Rafferty spent his own money on the venture, then it was a selfless gesture on his part for which he never seems to get any credit. (Though some sources say he was 'hired' to produce the album.) Whatever the case, though it lacks the edge of R&L's other work - and the Thompsons were unhappy with it - it is not the 'utter disaster' some would have you believe, just different. At least that's my view. You be the judge.

Download (Part One)
Download (Part Two - demos and Granada TV Recordings with Fairport Convention)

6 Comments:

Blogger Charlie said...

great to hear this in full-certainly NOT a disaster.

14 October, 2007 19:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Confusion Reigns!!

I have another version - 'before joe could pull the trigger' - it's billed as the same thing but has a different tracklisting.

Who knows?

15 October, 2007 13:30  
Anonymous Manila said...

Since it was never officially released, I guess there is no official 'track listing' either. I haven't heard 'trigger' but a quick Google came up with most of the same tracks, just in a different order. I guess bootleggers do the same as the record companies - change things around a little so you think you're getting something new. Have they no decency? ;-)

15 October, 2007 20:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah I make it 3 extra tracks, not had time to sit and listen to both track by track so I don't know about quality comparison. No idea where I found it - senilty reigns! :)

Anyway agree with the above comments - this is certainly no disaster and very nice in itself.

16 October, 2007 15:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Before Joe.......' is at 8 Days in April (http://toterallee.blogspot.com/) do a search there

HTH

Roger

16 October, 2007 21:23  
Anonymous Sad Git said...

"Before Joe..." and "Rafferty's..." have the same original "Shoot Out.." tracks (including a re-recording of "For Shame of Doing Wrong" and "The Wrong Heartbeat" which was re-recorded on "Hand of Kindness"), in the same order. They differ only in the so-called bonustracks.
A websearch for both titles can confirm this folks, use your google ;-)
They differ in sound quality too, "Before.." being the better one. Or so I'm told

20 December, 2007 06:49  

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