If there were justice in this world, there would be at least three albums full of Linda Thompson / Sandy Denny duets (under the Crazy Ladies moniker, perhaps?). But no! There are only a few examples of these two incredible singers harmonizing together. On this dusty 35-year-old audience tape you can hear a few of them — Sandy’s “Crazy Lady Blues” and the Everly’s “When Will I Be Loved.” Both are great. The recording (including Richard Thompson on countrified lead guitar) is not hi-fi by any stretch, but every note Sandy sings and every note Richard plays cuts through the decades like a just-sharpened knife.
Sandy is of course long gone, but Richard and Linda are both (separately) still at it, thankfully, with solo albums landing in the upcoming weeks. Check out the brooding, almost Nick Cave-y “The Storm Won’t Come” from Richard’s 13 Rivers. And then dig a trailer for Linda’s ode to British music hall, My Mother Doesn’t Know I’m On The Stage, which features guest spots from Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson and — oddly enough — actor Colin Firth. words / t wilcox
Download: Sandy Denny + Richard & Linda Thompson: Live In London, 1972 (zipped folder)
For Nobody To Hear / Bushes & Briars / Love’s Made A Fool Of You / The Music Weaver / Crazy Lady Blues / Reynard The Fox / Sweet Rosemary / Matty Groves / It’ll Take A Long Time / The Lady / John The Gun / Down In The Flood / When Will I Be Loved / Rigs Of Time