What does it sound like?:
Surely redundant, isn’t this question? If you don’t already know you’re probably not interested in the first place. Richard and Linda at their superb peak, in demo, remastered and various guest roles over the duration of their career. Richard proves again that he is one of our finest singers and guitarists, Linda that she is surely the greatest female vocalist of that era – yes it’s touch and go vs. her friend Sandy Denny, but there’s something extra in Linda’s voice – she can infuse a mood above the pure tunefulness. At one minute cold, another bawdy, another soft and vulnerable, then rocking out. There’s a live version of “The Great Valerio” I played 5 times straight. Sensational. And a version of “I’m a dreamer” which out Sandy’s Sandy. It sounds fabulous, is what.
What does it all *mean*?
Hmm, this is a good question. Surely most people have all this stuff, and those who haven’t can probably make do with the various compilations already out there. Yes there are unreleased tracks on here, but, whisper it, they’re not really indispensable other than to the most incurable completist. Interesting nonetheless. All that said, if you have always meant to grab a quick stock of R<, this is a fine collection. Mind you I might suggest that you start with their superb studio albums.
Goes well with…
Ooh, anything. It’s just lovely. Whatever it is you’re doing, be prepared to be distracted. On my own with a glass of red it is just lovely.
Might suit people who like…
Folky stuff, RT, LT great guitar playing, great singing, great songs.