The Best of Richard & Linda Thompson: The Island Record Years

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The Best Of: The Island Record Years
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Compilation album by
ProducerBill Levenson
Richard and Linda Thompson chronology
Shoot Out The Lights
The Best Of: The Island Record Years
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

Island Records issued this compilation in 2000 as the first step in a program to re-master and re-issue the albums that Richard and Linda Thompson had cut for them.
Island's UK catalog number was IMCD 270/542456-2, and the US catalog number was 314 542 456-2[2]

The tracks are drawn mostly from the duo's three albums for Island: I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight, Hokey Pokey and Pour Down Like Silver, though two tracks are taken from Richard Thompson's first solo album Henry The Human Fly; there is also an alternate recording of "A Heart Needs A Home" and a live version of "The Calvary Cross" with an extended guitar solo, both of which originally appeared on the mid-seventies compilation album (guitar, vocal).

This compilation was released in the UK under the name The End Of The Rainbow: an introduction to Richard & Linda Thompson with an identical track listing and similar art work.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Richard Thompson

  1. "Roll Over Vaughan Williams"
  2. "The Poor Ditching Boy"
  3. "When I Get To The Border"
  4. "Withered And Died"
  5. "I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight"
  6. "Down Where The Drunkards Roll"
  7. "The End Of The Rainbow"
  8. "The Great Valerio"
  9. "Hokey Pokey"
  10. "Never Again"
  11. "A Heart Needs A Home"
  12. "For Shame Of Doing Wrong"
  13. "Night Comes In"
  14. "Beat The Retreat"
  15. "Dimming Of The Day"
  16. "The Calvary Cross"


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Richard Thompson – The Best of Richard & Linda Thompson: The Island Records Years". AllMusic.
  2. ^ "UK & US catalog numbers"