RICHARD THOMPSON Five Live Box, Volume Three

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Five Live Box, Volume Three
Five More Unreleased Thompson Gigs

Another five live shows from Richard Thompson. All sound fantastic, and this one is the best of the lot. Included here is Richard’s entire 1992 performance at St. Anne’s Church. As fans know, the St. Anne’s show was RT’s joint appearance with Talking Heads’ David Byrne, and these files sound better than those half-Thompson/half-Byrne, abbreviated set downloads you often see. This is Thompson’s full solo set, along with the encore tunes performed together with Byrne. Volume Three also offers two RT Band shows, one from 1986, the next from 21 years later. In the Paradiso radio broadcast from 2007, the Thompson Band’s devastatingly direct anti-war indictment, “Dad’s Gonna Kill Me” (as in Baghdad’s gonna kill me), rockets along like an ominous Highway 61 Revisited outtake. The 1990 Veteran’s Memorial Hall solo gigs are fantastic, with both early and late shows (and completely different set lists). We’ve got more RT in the archives, including the refurbished and re-upped Gathered Tracks, Volumes 1-8. Get four more Five Live Box Sets (HERE).

The Paradise, Boston, MA – November 11, 1986

A Man In Need (3:33
Valerie (3:45)
When The Spell Is Broken (7:54)
You Don’t Say (4:53)
Like A Man (5:38)
Wall Of Death (3:50)
Long Dead Love (9:15)
Al Bowlly’s In Heaven (6:35)
The White Friars Hornpipe/Shreds And Patches (5:11)
Fire In The Engine Room (4:22)
Home Is Where The Heart Is (4:46)
Shoot Out The Lights (6:53)
Tear Stained Letter (6:57)
The End Of The Rainbow (4:36)
A Bone Through Her Nose (7:43)
Jennie (6:40)
The Angels Took My Racehorse Away (9:05)
Warm Love Gone Cold (8:34)
She Twists The Knife Again (4:36)
Devonside (4:25)
Mind Your Own Business (3:30)
Open Fire (8:19)
Everything Looks Black Against The Snow (5:39)
Missie How You Let Me Down (4:18)
Valerie (3:31)
Nearly In Love (5:37)
Bird Town (4:27)

Veteran’s Memorial Hall, Staten Island, NY – June 30, 1990

Early Show
I Misunderstood (5:36
1952 Vincent Black Lightning (5:27)
How Will I Ever Be Simple Again (4:22)
Two Left Feet (5:12)
Why Must I Plead (4:33)
Now That I Am Dead (6:04)
Jerusalem On The Jukebox (4:21)
She Moves Through The Fair (5:46)
Can’t Win (6:26)
Pharaoh (5:18)
The Days Of Our Lives (4:36)
Just The Motion (3:37)
Time To Ring Some Changes (4:15)
Valerie (4:31)
Al Bowlly’s in Heaven (5:08)

Late Show
When The Spell Is Broken (7:14
Waltzing’s For Dreamers (4:37)
How Many Times (4:32)
I Feel So Good (3:59)
Turning Of The Tide (3:27)
Down Where The Drunkards Roll (5:27)
Intro To Psycho Street (1:54)
Psycho Street (5:01)
Rockin’ In Rhythm (3:37)
Devonside (3:44)
Wall Of Death (3:38)
Shoot Out The Lights (5:09)
High School Confidential (3:35)
Willy O’ Winsbury (5:49)
The Killing Jar (5:26)
Don’t Roll Those Bloodshot Eyes At Me (4:09)
Genesis Hall (4:00)
Woman Or A Man (2:30)

St. Anne’s Church, Brooklyn, NY – March 24, 1992

I Ride In Your Slipstream (5:37
I Misunderstood (6:40)
1952 Vincent Black Lightning (4:59)
Shoot Out The Lights (5:30)
I Feel So Good (3:08)
King Of Bohemia (4:31)
Now That I Am Dead (4:52)
Pharaoh (4:47)
She Twists The Knife Again (4:08)
She Moves Through The Fair (4:02)
Turning Of The Tide (4:02)
Shake, Rattle & Roll (3:54)
Who Were You Thinking Of/96 Tears (5:37) (with David Byrne)
Dirty Old Town (3:30) (with David Byrne)
Psycho Killer (4:36) (with David Byrne)

Fetzer Vineyards, Hopland, CA – June 27, 1997

Intro (1:28)
Turning Of The Tide
Bathsheba Smiles (4:53)
From Galway To Graceland (4:03)
I Feel So Good (4:07)
The Ghost Of You Walks (4:49)
Hamlet (Dog Eat Dog In Denmark) (5:33)
Drifting Through The Days (3:43)
1952 Vincent Black Lightning (6:48)
Pharaoh (6:08)
Don’t Sit On My Jimmy Shands (5:10)
Hide It Away (4:33)
Wall Of Death (3:22)
Razor Dance (3:06)
Beeswing (5:51)
I Misunderstood (4:15)
Walking On A Wire (4:55)
Two Left Feet (6:13)
Waltzing’s For Dreamers (3:43)
Don’t Roll Those Bloodshot Eyes At Me (8:18)

Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands – October 9, 2007

Introduction (0:53)
Dad’s Gonna Kill Me
I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight (4:02)
Al Bowlly’s In Heaven (7:08)
1952 Vincent Black Lightning (5:46)
Who Knows Where The Time Goes (5:00)
One Door Opens (4:14)
I’ll Never Give It Up (3:51)
Mingulay Boat Song (4:35)
A Man In Need (3:33)
A Bone Through Her Nose (5:42)
Wall Of Death (3:48)
Read About Love (4:25)
Sunset Song (5:41)
Radio Announcer (0:28)
Mr. Stupid (2:46)


  • 1
    May 26, 2011 - 13:18 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 2
    August 1, 2011 - 01:29 | Permalink

    As a committed RT fan, I’m extremely grateful – these posts are the best

  • 4
    February 27, 2012 - 05:40 | Permalink

    Hi – thanks for all the Richard Thompson material. Much appreciated! The links to the first part of both The Paradise Boston and the Veterans Memorial Hall are broken – both FServe and DP. Both second parts have a working link. Thanks.

    • 5
      February 27, 2012 - 08:31 | Permalink

      Re-upped, thanks.

  • 6
    February 28, 2012 - 06:01 | Permalink

    Thanks a lot for fixing the links. Now downloaded successfully!

    • 7
      February 28, 2012 - 06:13 | Permalink

      Cool… I’m working on the other boxes, so check back. Thanks.

  • 8
    April 30, 2012 - 05:21 | Permalink

    Hi Willard. Can’t get disc 1 of the Paradise 1986 set to open/extract successfully, on either Windows or Mac OSX, except for tracks 10 to 14 in Windows. Any thoughts?

    Thanks for all the other Thompson tho – slowly working my way thru it. What a treat.

    • 9
      April 30, 2012 - 08:01 | Permalink

      Hi R. Normally I would say to upgrade whatever version of unzipping software you’re using. That almost always fixes what you’re describing. But, since you get other stuff here without a problem, it makes me think you just got a bad download. Did you download it only once? If so, try it a second time and see, because it opens up fine on my end. If it doesn’t work on the second try, I’ll replace it. Thanks.

      • 10
        May 1, 2012 - 07:39 | Permalink

        My bad. Downloaded again, and it works, so its just one of those things – normally bad / incomplete zips just won’t open, but this one did partially, so file it under F Nose.

        Again, thanks for all the RT. Awesome stuff – I listened thru some of the electric shows today (I’m an electric RT fanboy, not so much the acoustic – acoustic reminds me too much of Guitariista and similar high school musical ensembles, not that it should, but it does).

        • 11
          May 1, 2012 - 08:40 | Permalink

          Cool. Glad it was just a fluke. Thanks for the follow up.

  • 12
    August 23, 2012 - 15:26 | Permalink

    Another FYI – hope you can fix. Five Live Box, Volume Three, Fetzer Vineyards, Hopland, CA – June 27, 1997 disk 2 – DepositFiles – it goes past the free download, then does countdown, then gets this message “This file does not exist, the access to the following file is limited or it has been removed due to infringement of copyright.”. Please let me know what to do.


  • 13
    August 23, 2012 - 18:12 | Permalink


    Thanks for the alert. I’ve been assuming all the Deposit File were fine if the download options came up when the window was opened. I guess that’s not the case. Anytime you see that blank page counter, don’t even bother waiting. It’s means it’s gone. Just drop me a note. Give me until tomorrow on this one. Now I’m bummed because I wonder how many others are like that. Thanks.

  • 14
    August 23, 2012 - 19:57 | Permalink

    Yeah glad to help. I really appreciate the Balacing Act posts. A vastly underrated band – I saw them twice I think, once at the Cats Cradle. Is there a copy of just the audio for the Reunion show? Let me know. Tanx again for all the help.


  • 15
    August 23, 2012 - 20:01 | Permalink

    No, no audio, sorry. But, I just re-upped BA’s Curtains just 2 minutes ago.

    Fetzer Disc 2 is back up. Let me know of anything you need. Thanks.

  • 16
    August 24, 2012 - 07:21 | Permalink

    I already have Curtains, but tanx anyway. I did get The Psychodots, Raisins and the Live Bears (the last one I needed), They too are a vastly underrated band. I got introduced to The Balancing Act and The Bears (and many other bands) when I was a music reviewer/critic for the local paper during the mid 80′s, especially because I wrote about the smaller more obscure bands and courted the smaller record companies as well as the big ones. I have been collecting music for almost 50 years and still love it. This site must be a labor of love for you, since you do such an incredible job. I really appreciate your efforts.

    • 17
      August 24, 2012 - 08:33 | Permalink

      I stumbled on both bands the exact same way, and have been at it about 45 years. Thanks for the kind words.

  • 18
    August 26, 2012 - 02:38 | Permalink

    We must be close in age, cause I started really collecting when I was 10; I’ll be 59 soon. I can see it in some the things you post. Age of the Beatles. Yeah!

  • 19
    April 12, 2013 - 14:10 | Permalink

    Hi Willard,
    Many thanks for all this great souding RT – your work is appreciated.

    • 20
      April 13, 2013 - 10:59 | Permalink

      Thanks for commenting.

  • 21
    August 19, 2013 - 19:17 | Permalink

    WIllard, 1. you are a legend. 2. The late show of the VMH gig link seems to be broken. IMHO DF is a pain in the butt and this thread seems to concur. Thank you.

    • 22
      August 19, 2013 - 19:40 | Permalink

      PS… some of what you’re seeing above in comments is part of what I’m talking about… link purges through the years, and the re-ups that followed.

  • 23
    August 19, 2013 - 19:37 | Permalink

    Thanks. The late show link seems to be working fine. Try it later or try another browser.

    As for Deposit… what you’re seeing are the links that have stood the test of time for years. Many Mediafire links have died, Zippys have died from neglect, and before that, FileSonics and another one whose name I forget have all been here and all died various deaths. As a blogger, as I keep re-upping the same files, year after year, in some cases up to 4, 5 & 6 times, I’ve learned to appreciate and embrace the links that remain. I know Dep has a long wait time, and I know they are sometimes stubborn, but I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for them, I might have given up this blog a few years ago when virtually all my links were being killed. The fact that theirs remained standing on almost half my thousand plus posts made it tolerable for me to re-up… once AGAIN. Even now… Dep has started killing links themselves (they must have signed onto the new recognition technology). But they are killing them a few at a time, making it easy for me to re-up them a few at a time instead of hundreds at a time – which is the REAL “pain in the butt” on my end. So… I know they’re not the easiest, but every single D/L place I’ve dealt with has issues (you may have noticed I post links in C-Box every week…. that’s so Zippys don’t die of neglect, forcing more re-ups). Dep saves me a LOT of re-upping time, and, as it stands, that carries a lot of sway with me.

  • 24
    January 9, 2014 - 12:56 | Permalink

    I am wondering if the links are still up. I do not see anything to click onto bring up the link. I was at the St. Anne’s show back in 92. Went to alot of those St Anne shows. Would love to hear that.

    Going to see Richard in March at Tarrytown.

  • 26
    January 9, 2014 - 17:45 | Permalink

    Thanks, That helped alot.

  • 27
    March 10, 2014 - 14:41 | Permalink

    The 11/11/86 gig may actually be from 11/7/86 — that seems to be going round now. Checking this out, I find I have a different recording “Live at Pearl Street, Northampton, MA” also credited to Nov 11, 1986. I don’t think that’s one of yours, and I don’t know where I got it, but a couple of websites seem to confirm that he played Pearl Street on the 11th. Ain’t collecting grand?

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