Richard Thompson

Doom and Gloom from the Tomb, Vol. 1

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A fan-club follow-up to the (guitar, vocal) rarities compilation, Doom and Gloom from the Tomb, Vol. 1 was a cassette-only release made available to subscribers of the Richard Thompson fanzine Flypaper. Compiled with the help of Richard and Linda Thompson, it contained 18 tracks dating back to the original 1968 lineup of Fairport Convention, though half of it came from demos and live recordings made by Richard and Linda between 1977 and 1982. There were interesting cover tunes, songs with different lyrics from the released versions, previously unreleased songs, and bravora live performances. And the later material sounded just as good as the early stuff -- a live version of "Tear Stained Letter" from Richard's 1983 "Big Band" tour was an amazing workout, and the unreleased "Jenny, My Love," written for but not included on Across a Crowded Room, was as moving a song as any Richard had ever written. By definition, Doom and Gloom was an album for the converted, but that didn't mean it was without some real gems.