RICHARD THOMPSON The Lost Album (1987-1990)

The Lost Album (1987-1990)
RT & Some High-Profile Pals

You’d be surprised how many Spanish copy-blogs (not using Google Translator) will re-up this like it’s an actual release or a real rarity. We pulled this same ruse with an Al Kooper comp a while back (HERE). The Lost Album is, in reality, all 8 of Richard Thompson’s compositions & recordings with the two-LP con-fab, French Frith Kaiser Thompson. Strung together, Thompson’s material plays like a lost, late-80s RT album… with a cooler than average band. Three tracks are glorious Thompson workouts, long, simmering and dramatic – including extended improv interplay with guitarist, Henry Kaiser (plug). “The Killing Jar” is, simply, one of Thompson’s heaviest tunes ever, while “Drowned Dog Black Night” isn’t far behind. Tir-Nan-Darag” is a co-write with Kaiser, and there’s also the weirdest music RT has ever committed to tape, “March Of The Cosmetic Surgeons.” You’ll leave remembering the sober material, but will ponder Thompson’s bizarre mini-opera (which, actually includes opera). It took me a dozen listens, but I now believe it to be a work of genius. If you’re an RT fan, listening to this material as a single work is a treat. Made from French Frith Kaiser Thompson‘s Live, Love, Larf & Loaf and Invisible Means. Does anyone have the live bonus tracks from the 2008 re-issues to share?

Side One

Peppermint Rock (3:39
Drowned Dog Black Night (6:49)
Killerman Gold Posse (1:46)
The Killing Jar (7:43)

Side Two
Tir-Nan-Darag (5:24)
A Blind Step Away (5:39)
March Of The Cosmetic Surgeons (5:14)
Act I, Scene 2, The Clinic of Dr. Krikstein. On a podium, Center, MRS. RIPSTOCK-GEDDES is posing as Aphrodite, complete with water jug. Enter left DR. KRIKSTEIN, followed by the STUDENTS, marching Indian file to the rhythm of the music.
Begging Bowl (3:22)


  • Willard
    June 20, 2011 - 11:43 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • bob gonderinger
    January 2, 2012 - 09:21 | Permalink

    I agree – I don’t know that RT has ever done anything odder than March of the Cosmetic Surgeons – somebody must have spiked his oatmeal that day. Glad to see Killing Jar get its due, though

    • Willard
      January 2, 2012 - 09:23 | Permalink

      Yeah, Killing Jar is one of Thompson’s more chilling numbers

  • buzzbabyjesus
    April 27, 2012 - 15:57 | Permalink

    Tir_Nan_Darang is the one for me.

  • Rhod
    October 23, 2012 - 18:29 | Permalink

    I am really getting into Richard Thompson and its all your fault.

    Great work Cat’n



  • Willard
    October 23, 2012 - 18:45 | Permalink

    Don’t blame me, blame RT.

  • peterbuk
    June 10, 2013 - 11:19 | Permalink

    a newbee here , i cant see a link to the whole collection only a link to 1 track per album?

    what am i missing or is there hidden lnk. i do have noscript installed but have enabled scrpts for this site .

  • Indiana Scott
    June 30, 2013 - 15:32 | Permalink

    Willard, I just want you to know that I am now a RT fan because of you! Many thanks!

    • Willard
      June 30, 2013 - 17:04 | Permalink

      Cool. He’s got a richly rewarding catalog of music if you’ve got the time to dive in further. Personally, he’s in my Top 5 all time artists, and he’s one of the very few that have actually gotten better with age.

  • Rick
    July 1, 2013 - 06:31 | Permalink

    I second the above praise of RT. He’s a brilliant acoustic AND electric guitarist, a great songwriter with wit and passion, and his voice has improved with age and is very fine these days. And he has always surrounded himself with brilliant musicians. Every one of his albums is a gem.

  • zappahead
    July 2, 2013 - 13:53 | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing this one….I cant say I’ve ever heard any of these tracks before so much obliged to you…cheers.

  • Supersonic75
    July 26, 2013 - 05:56 | Permalink


  • Muddy
    June 4, 2014 - 22:59 | Permalink

    I agree that March Of The Cosmetic Surgeons is a work of genius. Ever since I first heard it over 20 years ago, it regularly comes to mind – usually triggered by the latest plastic surgery disaster photos.
    “Hack and gouge” and “stretch and snip” –
    It can be understood as either approving, disapproving, or merely descriptive – depending on the listener’s frame of reference. Thompson managed to present multiple angles to be presented to those lucky few who will ever hear this odd, yet wonderful, song.

  • wallow-T
    July 20, 2014 - 20:27 | Permalink

    I’d put “A Bird in God’s Garden” into this collection. Thompson sings that song, and even though he didn’t write it, the words come from the Islamic poet Rumi so I’m sure this was a song Thompson brought to the project.

    • Willard
      July 20, 2014 - 21:45 | Permalink

      You’re probably right. Thanks.

  • Anonymous
    January 28, 2015 - 14:20 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard. I was completely unaware of this band involvement.

  • Forbidden Donut
    March 2, 2015 - 09:23 | Permalink

    Hi Willard – love your RT offerings, thanks! I don’t have the FFKT bonus tracks from the reissues…but I do have a full soundboard recording of their 1987/03/08 show in Berkeley FWIW. If that interests you, please get back to me! ;)

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