Amnesia (Richard Thompson album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1988
StudioSunset Sound, Los Angeles and Konk Studios, London
GenreFolk rock
ProducerMitchell Froom
Richard Thompson chronology
Daring Adventures
Sweet Talker

Amnesia is the fifth studio album by Richard Thompson, recorded and released in 1988.

After Across a Crowded Room and Daring Adventures had not troubled the compilers of hit parades, Polydor declined their option to renew their contract with Thompson. Thompson's then manager Gary Stamler negotiated a deal with Capitol Records and Thompson cut his first album for his new label in 1988.

This was a good time for Thompson to be at Capitol; the label was managed by Hale Milgrim at the time and Milgrim was a fan of Thompson and his work. Thus Capitol invested more money and effort into promoting Thompson than had been the case in the past and with other labels.

Mitchell Froom was retained as producer, and the album was again recorded in Los Angeles with American session musicians providing most of the backing. Thompson still used British players to lend specifically British touches to some songs. In particular long-time collaborators John Kirkpatrick, Aly Bain and Philip Pickett are used, and members of the Fairey Engineering Band provide a brass backing to I Still Dream that owes more to the Salvation Army than it does to Memphis or any other American centre of music.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[1]

The album was well-received by the music press, and sales, whilst not stellar, were boosted by Capitol's commitment to promoting artist and album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Richard Thompson

  1. "Turning of the Tide" 2:55
  2. "Gypsy Love Songs" 6:14
  3. "Reckless Kind" 4:23
  4. "Jerusalem on the Jukebox" 4:08
  5. "I Still Dream" 5:09
  6. "Don't Tempt Me" 3:35
  7. "Yankee, Go Home" 3:05
  8. "Can't Win" 5:28
  9. "Waltzing's for Dreamers" 4:06
  10. "Pharaoh" 4:24