RICHARD THOMPSON Five Live Box, Volume One

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Five Live Box, Volume One
Amazing Unreleased Live Shows

Five live shows from the great Richard Thompson. All of them sound outstanding, and none have ever been released. There may be a couple of niggling sound issues here and there, but you’ll be pleased with all of these solo, acoustic performances (@320). There are too many highlights to mention, but you can listen to a track from each show to judge the quality. The Greenstreets show is a well-known bootleg called Columbia Gold, and includes the soundcheck version of “I Misunderstood”/”The Killing Jar” (actually taped a week later). We’ve got more RT In the archives (HERE), including the refurbished and re-upped Gathered Tracks, Volumes 1-8. Get four more Five Live Box Sets (HERE).

University of Toronto,
Toronto, ON – October 17, 1985

Intro (0:37)
Wall Of Death (3:27)
When The Spell Is Broken (5:17)
Introduction To Two Left Feet (0:40)
Two Left Feet (3:19)
Withered And Died (3:54)
Introduction To Mind Your Own Business (2:12)
Mind Your Own Business (2:33)
Introduction To The Choice Wife (0:46)
The Choice Wife (2:30)
Introduction To It’ll Be Me (1:40)
It’ll Be Me (2:23)
Introduction To She Twists The Knife Again (0:54)
She Twists The Knife Again (3:19)
Introduction To Jennie (1:35)
Jennie (4:28)
Introduction To Don’t Let A Thief Steal Into Your Heart (1:22)
Don’t Let A Thief Steal Into Your Heart (4:13)
Introduction To Valerie (0:48)
Valerie (2:59)
Shoot Out The Lights (5:36)
Move It On Over (2:35)

Greenstreets, Columbia, MO – February 17, 1991

Mystery Wind (5:13)
1952 Vincent Black Lightning (5:32)
I Misunderstood (5:23)
Two Left Feet (5:30)
Shoot Out The Lights (5:22)
Al Bowlly’s In Heaven (5:35)
Turning Of The Tide (5:38)
Now That I Am Dead (4:05)
Jerusalem On The Jukebox (3:51)
God Loves A Drunk (5:19)
I Feel So Good (5:12)
She Moves Through The Fair (4:35)
Wall Of Death/Needles And Pins (5:11)
Days Of Our Lives (2:15)
You’ll Never Walk Alone (2:43)
Can’t Win (6:03)
Valerie (6:03)
Down Where The Drunkards Roll (4:23)
Ca Plane Pour Moi (5:05)
Waltzing’s For Dreamers (3:51)
Don’t Roll Those Bloodshot Eyes At Me (4:01)
I Misunderstood/The Killing Jar (Soundcheck – February 27, 1991) (8:03)

West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg, MB – July 16, 2000

Sights And Sounds Of London Town (5:19)
Bathsheba Smiles (3:46)
From Galway To Graceland (4:41)
I Feel So Good (3:19)
The Ghost Of You Walks (4:30)
My Daddy Is A Mummy (6:12)
Dry My Tears (4:25)
1952 Vincent Black Lightning (5:30)
The Great Valerio (6:02)
Turning Of The Tide (3:48)
Shoot Out The Lights (4:46)
Walking The Long Miles Home (3:56)
God Loves A Drunk (4:40)
Beeswing (6:44)
Keep Your Distance (3:57)
Uninhabited Man (5:10)
Cooksferry Queen (4:49)
I Misunderstood (4:18)
Crawl Back (4:36)
Dimming Of The Day (3:34)
Valerie (4:10)

Sendesaal Bremen, Bremen, Germany – February 25, 2003

Gethsemane (5:55)
King Of Bohemia (4:40)
Cooksferry Queen (4:13)
Outside Of The Inside (4:56)
Crawl Back (5:18)
Genesis Hall (3:49)
Turning Of The Tide (3:34)
Pharaoh (5:30)
I Ain’t Marching Anymore (3:41)
So Ben Mi Ca Bon Tempo (2:47)
Shenandoah (4:50)
Oops! I Did It Again (3:47)
The Ghost Of You Walks (4:58)
1952 Vincent Black Lightning (5:29)
She Said It Was Destiny (4:25)
Word Unspoken, Sight Unseen (5:24)
I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight (3:21)
Dimming Of The Day (4:24)

Boardinghouse Park, Lowell, MA – June 27, 2008

Bathsheba Smiles (3:36)
Walking On A Wire (4:12)
Crawl Back (5:41)
Down Where The Drunkards Roll (4:12)
Dad’s Gonna Kill Me (4:50)
Hots For The Smarts (5:28)
I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight (2:59)
Sunset Song (5:33)
1952 Vincent Black Lightning (5:19)
King Of Bohemia (3:35)
I Feel So Good (2:57)
Pharaoh (4:27)
Johnny’s Far Away (4:24)
Cooksferry Queen (3:50)
Who Knows Where The Time Goes (5:03)
Persuasion (3:50)
Beeswing (6:03)
Wall Of Death (4:04)
Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee (2:22)


  • 1
    January 10, 2011 - 12:57 | Permalink

    Find them all HERE.

  • 2
    John Day
    January 10, 2011 - 17:39 | Permalink

    Thanks for this. All Richard Thompson material is appreciated.

  • 3
    Betcha By Golly
    January 10, 2011 - 17:58 | Permalink

    Each time I've seen Richard live I've been blown away. I've never quite warmed up to his voice, but I love his playing and songwriting. Thanks for this!

  • 4
    January 10, 2011 - 19:31 | Permalink

    My favorite rock guitarist acoustic AND electric AND songwriter. And as for his voice – I'm amazed how much it has improved with age. It was weak early in his career, but has mellowed into a fine rich baritone now.

  • 5
    January 10, 2011 - 19:38 | Permalink

    RT's voice was once described by a reviewer as similar to the masked criers of the Middle Ages who roamed villages after the Black Plague calling to "bring out your dead."

  • 6
    January 10, 2011 - 20:45 | Permalink

    Fantastic set of posts. Thanks very much.

  • 7
    January 10, 2011 - 20:58 | Permalink

    These RT posts of yours are great. Thanks, and keep them coming! W.

  • 8
    January 10, 2011 - 21:24 | Permalink

    You bast**d! I'm trying to get rid of stuff not collect more!

    I narrowed it down to one of two live shows but couldn't make up my mind so I chose neither and drifted off to the Gathered Tracks post. I WANT ALL SIX OF THEM!

    Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in.

  • 9
    January 10, 2011 - 21:38 | Permalink

    Uh oh. You might want to steer clear this week.

  • 10
    January 11, 2011 - 08:27 | Permalink

    You seem to have gotten 2011 off to a flying start. Very soon your website will be the best around. Thank you for this set – and volume two.

  • 11
    January 11, 2011 - 17:31 | Permalink

    Just listened to the Cat's Cradle show and it's simply one of the best — recording and performance.

    Effin' amazing.

    I've seen RT many times and this is totally satisfying.

    Wish there was a 60s Fairport equivalent.

  • 12
    La Piazza Gancio
    January 11, 2011 - 22:27 | Permalink

    Thank you so much for the R.T. sets. Especially the '85 and '91 shows.

    It's even better to have you back!

    Glad I didn't have to write a R.I.P. blog about ya!

  • 13
    August 22, 2012 - 08:04 | Permalink

    Excellent RT posts. I haven’t been around since the Boat days due to 4 surgeries in 2 1/2 years. You still have the touch. I have 2 problems maybe you can help me with. 1) on Five Live Box, Volume One, the West End Cultural Center Winnipeg show disk 2 only has 1 link to MediaFire, no Deposit Files link and the MediaFire kink come up with a message “File Belongs to Suspended Account” (in fact all the MediaFire link get this message). Is there a way to get a Deposit Files link or fix the Mediafire links? 2) Since I have the original 6 Gathered Tracks, though I need 7 & 8, do i need the revamped 1-6? Please post a reply to these issues. You have a superb blog here, please keep up the excellent work.

  • 14
    August 22, 2012 - 09:10 | Permalink

    Welcome back. All the links for the live box sets should be OK now. The Gathered Tracks are all the same as they have been. I DID fix a couple of files that had low bit rates, but it’s not worth downloading everything for them, especially since I don’t remember which ones they were. So, all you need is 7 & 8. Many thanks.

  • 15
    August 22, 2012 - 17:53 | Permalink

    I really appreciate the prompt response, Just to let you know, I was at the Chapel Hill NC show in 94, ( I actually worked at the Cradle in 79 for the previous owner). It will be so cool to hear it again.

    Tanx again

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    August 22, 2012 - 18:34 | Permalink


  • 17
    September 16, 2012 - 16:18 | Permalink

    Thanks so much for this embarrassment of riches! There is so much fantastic Thommo here I barely know where to start. I already had Gathered Tracks 1-6 but everything else is new to me, and very welcome. Thanks again.

  • 18
    October 23, 2012 - 19:05 | Permalink

    Anothjer sensational post

    You are a gem Capt’n



  • 19
    October 30, 2012 - 13:12 | Permalink

    Wonderful shows – thank you so much for putting this together and sharing. My favorite performer. Are any of these available in lossless format? Thanks!

    • 20
      October 30, 2012 - 13:25 | Permalink

      Maybe if you search the web. We don’t do lossless around here, though. Thanks.

  • 21
    October 30, 2012 - 15:05 | Permalink

    Wonderful work none-the-less. THANK YOU!

  • 22
    September 8, 2013 - 16:34 | Permalink

    Wow. i was at the Greenstreets show. I had fog-gotten it, tho’. Thanks again, Willard!

  • 23
    February 13, 2014 - 14:27 | Permalink

    These Five Live boxes and eight Gathered Tracks volumes are simply outstanding. Your time efforts are much appreciated.

  • 24
    Emilio Marengo
    September 10, 2014 - 23:44 | Permalink

    best of Thompson solo…many thanks

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