Topic will release their first vinyl LP in over 25 years on Monday 18th November when Linda Thompson‘s splendid new album Won’t Be Long Now will be released. The LP is pressed on 180gm audiophile vinyl within a gatefold sleeve.
Won’t Be Long Now is Linda Thompson’s first album in six years and is a return to her folk roots and a bit of a family affair – featuring a duet with former husband Richard Thompson, regular contributions from their children Teddy and Kami, and grandson Zak Hobbs. Wonâ€™t Be Long Now alsoÂ includesÂ appearances by many alumni of the British folk scene, including John Kirkpatrick, Dave Swarbrick, Martin and Eliza Carthy, as well as American musicians like David Mansfield, Amy Helm, Sam Amidon, Jenni Muldaur and Tony Trischka, among others.
NPR urges “getting to listen to Thompson’s rich voice is well worth the wait.” Recorded mainly in New York City, but also at sessions in Scotland and various London studios including Abbey Road, with longtime producer Ed Haber, the album features nine songs penned by Thompson as well as collaborators, including son Teddy Thompson and Ron Sexsmith.
Track list side A:
1Â Love’s For Babies and Fools
2Â Never Put To Sea Boys
3Â If I Were a Bluebird
4Â As Fast As My Feet
5Â Father Son Ballad
6Â Mr. Tams
7Â Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience
8Â Paddy’s Lamentation
9Â Never the Bride
10Â Blue Bleezin’ Blind Drunk (recorded live at The Bottom Line)
11Â It Won’t Be Long Now
â€œLongstanding dysphonia problems make any Linda Thompson sighting precious. The fact that, now substantially beyond the full flush of youth, she can still make an album that makes your heart wobble fretfully is extraordinaryâ€¦ Kleenex is a mustâ€ Colin Irwin, fRoots
Wonâ€™t Be Long Now – her first album in six years -Â was recorded in the UK and America with a rich array of contributing musicians. While itâ€™s undoubtedly a family affair, featuring a duet with former husband Richard Thompson, regular contributions from their children Teddy and Kami, and grandson Zak Hobbs, Wonâ€™t Be Long Now also reflects Lindaâ€™s folk beginnings. This new album includesÂ appearances by many alumni of the British folk scene, including John Kirkpatrick, Dave Swarbrick, Martin and Eliza Carthy, as well as American musicians like David Mansfield, Amy Helm, Sam Amidon, Jenni Muldaur and Tony Trischka, among others.
Linda Thompson has an ancient voice, wilting, wounded and wise. She sings with the conviction of an eyewitness of thieves, beggars, drunks, street urchins and circus freaks, spurned lovers and murdering swine, centuries-gone. The album is perhaps best summed-up by these wise words from MOJO: “The cover image of Thompson’s back as she stares at the horizon across a flat sea precisely represents the bulk of Won’t Be Long Now’s 11 songs. Men leaving by sea, women waiting, deceived and disappointed. Beautifully sung, often bleak and harking back in sombre mood to 1974’s Withered And Died.”
“Longstanding dysphonia problems make any Linda Thompson sighting precious. The fact that, now substantially beyond the full flush of youth, she can still make an album that makes your heart wobble fretfully is extraordinary… Kleenex is a must” Colin Irwin, fRoots
“It’s apparent how undimmed Thompson’s talent is, especially in the sheer confident power of her vocal performance. Long may she continue.” Record Collector
…and in the opinion of those fine people at Uncut magazine: “Folk-rock grande dame, still damned grand”
1Â Â Love’s For Babies & Fools
2Â Â Â Never Put To Sea Boys
3Â Â If I Were A Bluebird
4Â Â As Fast As My Feet
5Â Â Father Son Ballad
6Â Â Â Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience
7Â Â Mr Tams
8Â Â Paddy’s Lamentation
9Â Â Never The Bride
10Â Blue Bleezin’ Blind Drunk
11Â It Won’t Be Long Now
Time Magazine has said “Linda Thompson may be rock’s best woman singer”, and anybody with an interest in contemporary music would expect that description to be expanded to include folk music. Although Linda hasn’t made a recording for seventeen years, the pure, fragile beauty of her voice hasn’t deserted her – indeed, time has only increased the emotional quality of her performance. This is a remarkable comeback, featuring nine songs either written or co-written by Linda. The tenth, Evona Darling, is from the pen and free spirit of Lal Waterson.
â€¢ “Album of the year” Financial Times
â€¢ “The voice has never sounded more exquisite” â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜… Q magazine
â€¢ “Top 50 best album of the year” Mojo
â€¢ “Exquisite – now for the comeback concert.” â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜… The Guardian
â€¢ “Folk album of the year” Daily Telegraph
â€¢ “A long overdue gem from one of Rock & Rollâ€™s finest voices. The real queen of Britain returns after a seventeen-year silence â€“ with this record of magnificent anguish â€“ the triumph is Lindaâ€™s alone” Rolling Stone
â€¢ “A superb collection rendered with consummate style and imagination – studded with brilliant individual performances. A marvelous return, impossible to recommend too highly” The Independent
â€¢ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2003: Best Original Song (“No Telling”)
â€¢ “Fashionably Late is a gem that grows with each play. Linda’s voice is as wondrous as we remember itâ€¦Linda’s effortlessly supple vocals add colour and emotional depth to a sharply observed, highly melodic set of songs – highlights abound. A beautifully realised return to the musical spotlight” Get Rhythm
Nevins is an aclaimed printmaker working in Portland, Oregon who has designed artwork and posters for many of his favourite musicians, including Gillian Welch, Dan Hicks and Anais Mitchell.
The Won’t Be Long Now poster is hand-printed in aÂ limited edition of 300 original two-color woodcut block prints on 100% cotton paper.
13″x19″ standard Fillmore poster size.
Hand-carved and printed on a hand-powered etching press using water-based inks.
Signed by the artist and hand-numbered.
Topic has a few of these very collectable posters available for immediate delivery.