After last week’s track, Scott Skinner’s Dargai, I thought that I would post some more Scott Skinner music. This week we have Richard Thompson, no relation, playing a medley of Scott Skinner tunes namely Glencoe, The Rockin’ Step and Bonny Banchory from his instrumental album Strict Tempo!
After the modest sales for their 1979 album Sunnyvista, Richard and Linda Thompson found themselves without a record deal. To generate some income, Richard Thompson formed his own record label Elixir Records and recorded this album at a small studio in London.
The promotional copies of the album released in 1981 included the following introductory note from Richard Thompson:
“Dear listener: Here is an album of some of my favourite tunes, and I hope that they may appeal to you too. Nine tracks are of traditional music plus one by Duke Ellington, one from Morocco and one newly composed. The tunes are rendered acoustically and electrically, and I am indebted to Dave Mattacks who plays drums and percussion on several track. This record was recorded and multi-tracked on TEAC 8-track.”
Unbelievably this album appears to be out of print. Some used copies are available but they appear to command extraordinarily high prices from £36.00 for CD in good condition to over £100.00 for a near perfect copy. And before you ask – no, my copy is not for sale!