Oh, how I love Linda Thompson. Not only is she responsible for some of the finest albums in popular music, she’s the kind of witty, fun, affectionate company you can never have too much of. We spent three hours over lunch earlier this year, focussing our chat on the Richard & Linda Thompson years. The couple’s six albums have been refreshed and reassembled as part of Universal’s stunning box set, Hard Luck Stories. This was produced by the inestimable Andrew Batt, creator of 2010’s Sandy Denny box and the Grammy-nominated Bobbie Gentry box from 2019. When you see his name on a product, you know that great care will have been taken, not only with the sound but with the arty, sophisticated presentation. In fact, he and Joe Marchese (Second Disc Records) are my favourite reissue wizards. Anyway, back to Linda. The five-page feature is in Record Collector’s Christmas 2020 issue.


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