Song of the Day, December 23: Walking Through A Wasted Land by Richard Thompson

rtcrowdedwastedToday’s song is a standout from the album that launched the third phase of Richard Thompson’s career. He left Fairport Convention — a band he helped found — after five albums, moving on to an early solo disc and a series of recordings with his wife, Linda. As their marriage disintegrated, he went solo again for a couple of indie releases.

In 1985, he signed with Polydor and recorded Across A Crowded Room with old friend Joe Boyd producing. It’s a great set that finds him leading a smart band with new confidence. One of the finest moments is the snarling rebuke of Thatcher’s Britain, Walking Through A Wasted Land.

Thompson turns his trademark lyrical smarts toward greed and corruption. He leads the band with one of his finest vocals and a wonderful guitar line. Rollicking horns and energetic backing vocals from Gregson and Collister keep the track moving.

Enjoy this delightful song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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