Richard Thompson : Front Parlour Ballads

Richard Thompson: Several Things.
Debra Dobkin: Percussion.

Produced by Simon Tassano and Richard Thompson.
Recorded at Trellis Sound, Pacific Pallisades, CA.
Mixed by Simon Tassano at Rumiville Studio, Austin, TX.
Mastered by Jim Wilson, Yes Mastering, Austin, TX
LP Mastered by Ray Staff, Alchemy Mastering, London.


“Front Parlour Ballads” is Richard Thompson’s first solo acoustic album since 1981’s ‘Strict Tempo’’ and, remarkably, the first ever acoustic studio album of original songs in his extensive discography.

A gorgeous collection of 13 new songs featuring Thompson on vocals, acoustic guitar and other instruments and percussionist Debra Dobkin on selected tracks.
Encompassing everything from rollicking tales of quickie marriages in “Let it Blow”, a lilting love song dedicated to “Miss Patsy,” and the devastatingly beautiful lament of “Precious One,” ‘Front Parlour Ballads’ is a treasure box of stories and characters, all delivered with Thompson’s masterful guitar work, sonorous voice and bittersweet lyrics.

“The production on this record is the kind of thing the audience actually asks for,” Thompson explains. “They ask for simple; they don’t want the frills in the way. They don’t want the glossy, hi-fi production—they wouldn’t know what to do with it. They want to hear the squeaks of fingers on strings and, dare I say the cock-ups. So that’s what they’re gonna get.”


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    Front Parlour Ballads

    DIV009LP
    180g Single LP
    23rd September 2005

    Side 1
    1 Let It Blow
    2 For Whose Sake?
    3 Miss Patsy
    4 Old Thames Side
    5 How Does Your Garden Grow?
    6 My Soul My Soul

    Side 2
    1 Cressida
    2 Row, Boys, Row
    3 The Boys Of Mutton Street
    4 Precious One
    5 A Solitary Life
    6 Should I Betray?
    7 When We Were Boys At School