Won't Be Long Now

Won't Be Long Now

by Linda ThompsonLinda Thompson


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Given how infrequently she records, a new album from Linda Thompson is always an event. Won't Be Long Now is her first album in six years. The set's contents reveal an artist fully in the moment, who understands the importance of the present and doesn't hold anything back. This is indeed a family affair. Her three children, Muna, Teddy, and Kami, all appear, as do grandson Zac Hobbs, ex-husband Richard Thompson, and his son Jack. There are a slew of talented guests to boot. The material sticks close to modern British folk, with a couple of traditional numbers and rockers. Thompson wrote or co-wrote six of these 11 tunes. On the set opener "Love's for Babies and Fools," she is backed only by her ex-husband on acoustic guitar. Her contralto, in fine form here, underscores the poignancy in her lyric. "If I Were a Bluebird," co-written with Ron Sexsmith, may be the album's finest moment. With David Mansfield on Weissenborn and Sam Amidon on acoustic guitar and banjo, Thompson spins this long, sad, romantic waltz, with vocal help from Amidon and Amy Helm. The reading of Anna McGarrigle's rocker, "As Fast as My Feet," features Kami on lead vocals as Linda, Teddy, and Muna all provide harmony vocals, Hobbs plays lead guitar, and Jack plays bass. While Teddy's "Father and Son Ballad" is written and delivered in classic English folk style, the Charles Causley/Tony Callen classic "Nursery Rhyme of Innocence a & Experience" -- a song Thompson has sung for nearly 50 years -- is delivered with Garo Yellin's cello coloring Martin Carthy's guitar and her voice in a more modern style. Carthy and his longtime collaborator, fiddler Dave Swarbrick, appear riotously on Linda and Teddy's drinking song "Mr. Tams." They get rousing vocal help from Susan McKeown, Eliza Carthy, and Kami. It is followed by the traditional "Paddy's Lamentation," a Civil War-era duet hauntingly performed by Linda and Teddy; Thompson infuses the tune with the wisdom and grief of the ages. "Never the Band" is an original and ironic folk song -- she annotates it in the sleeve, stating "….I've hardly spent a moment of my adult life unmarried!" This large-band original features no less than John Kirkpatrick on button accordion. The closer is the bluegrass-inspired title track, written by Teddy. It features Mansfield's mandolin, Tony Trischka's banjo, and vocal help from Kami and Helm, sending it off on an exhortation to grasp the moment before it's gone. Won't Be Long Now is, as has proven true on each offering since Thompson returned to recording, a creative, relaxed triumph, filled with wit, plaintive charm, and emotional poignancy.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/22/2013
Label: Pettifer Sounds
UPC: 0634457623927
catalogNumber: 1001
Rank: 113724

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Linda Thompson   Primary Artist,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Vocal Harmony
Tony Trischka   Banjo
Martin Carthy   Acoustic Guitar
John Kirkpatrick   Button Accordion
Dave Swarbrick   Fiddle
Richard Thompson   Acoustic Guitar
Gerry Conway   Drums
David Mansfield   Mandolin,Weissenborn
Susan McKeown   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jenni Muldaur   Background Vocals
Garo Yellin   Cello
Eliza Carthy   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Melodeon
Bill Dobrow   Percussion
Glenn Patscha   Piano,Hammond Organ,Pump Organ
Jack Thompson   Electric Bass
Brad Albetta   Electric Bass
Rob Burger   Hammond Organ
George Javori   Drums
Teddy Thompson   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Sam Amidon   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Amy Helm   Vocal Harmony
Jason Crigler   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
John Doyle   Acoustic Guitar
Kami Thompson   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Vocal Harmony
Jeff Hill   Electric Bass
Zak Hobbs   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Rhythm Guitar
Muna Thompson Mascolo   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Neil Brockbank   Engineer
Hugo Dwyer   Engineer
Edward Haber   Producer,Engineer,Additional Production
Anna McGarrigle   Composer,Lyricist
David Seitz   Engineer
Chaim Tannenbaum   Composer,Lyricist
Andy Taub   Engineer
Linda Thompson   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Song Notes
Hal Willner   Producer
Ron Sexsmith   Composer
Eliza Carthy   Choir Arrangement
Ilana Pelzig Cellum   Engineer
Eric Liljestrand   Engineer
Brian Fulk   Engineer
Ben Ivitsky   Engineer
Damon Whittemore   Engineer
Teddy Thompson   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Traditional   Composer
Belle Stewart   Composer,Lyricist
Oliver Knight   Engineer
Ross Bonadonna   Engineer
George Apsion   Engineer
Dani Castelar   Engineer
David Watson   Engineer
John Doyle   Composer
Charles Causley   Composer,Text
Marco Pasquariello   Engineer
Jeff Hill   Engineer
Rory Doggett   Engineer
Martin Rowsell   Art Direction
Tony Callen   Composer
Flight   Programming,Additional Production

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