Richard Thompson’s ‘Guitar, Vocal’ Set For Heavyweight Vinyl Reissue

The archival collection features material Thompson recorded with both Fairport Convention and with his ex-wife, Linda.

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Richard Thompson 'Guitar, Vocal' - Artwork courtesy of Island Records/UMC

Richard Thompson’s 1976 album of (at the time) career spanning retrospective unreleased recordings – (Guitar, Vocal) A Collection Of Unreleased and Rare Material 1967-1976 – is to be reissued on double 180g vinyl on March 25 through UMC.

The album comes with a download card and features tracks from his time with the Fairport Convention, music recorded with his ex-wife Linda Thompson and as a solo artist.

(Guitar, Vocal) A Collection Of Unreleased and Rare Material 1967-1976 was originally released in 1976 after Richard and his wife Linda announced their retirement from the music business. As the album’s title suggests, this is a collection of unreleased recordings made over an eight year period which spans Richard’s early years recording with the Fairport Convention as well as the time he spent performing and recording as a duo with wife Linda.

Thankfully, this did not transpire to be Richard’s final piece of recorded work, but did become an essential record to fans of Richard’s work giving an alternate perspective on his early career. Following an almost two year hiatus, Richard and Linda returned and released First Light  in 1978 and Richard has remained a prolific songwriter and one of the most respected British folk artists of all time releasing, to date, 22 studio albums and 14 live albums.

Pre-order (Guitar, Vocal).

(Guitar, Vocal) includes the following tracks:

Side A:
“Time Will Show The Wiser” – Fairport Convention
“Throwaway Street Puzzle” – Fairport Convention
“Mr. Lacey” – Fairport Convention
“The Ballad of Easy Rider” – Fairport Convention
“Poor Will and The Jolly Hangman” – Fairport Convention

Side B
“Sweet Little Rock ‘n’ Roller” – Fairport Convention
“A Heart Needs A Home” – Richard & Linda Thompson
“The Dark End of The Street” – Richard & Linda Thompson
“It’ll Be Me” – Richard & Linda Thompson

Side C
“Flee As A Bird” – Richard Thompson
“Night Comes In” – Richard & Linda Thompson

Side D
“The Pitfall / The Excursion” – Richard Thompson
“Calvary Cross” – Richard & Linda Thompson



  1. Chris Weeks

    January 28, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    I bought the original 2 record vinyl way back in 1977/78 at an independent record shop in Southampton for the princely sum of £2.99??

    Great tracks!

    Long overdue for reissue

  2. david

    January 29, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    Excellent investment!

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