Richard and Linda Thompson / Hard Luck Stories 1972-1982 box set

8CD box set • Remastered albums • Unreleased material

This September Universal Music will issue Hard Luck Stories 1972 to 1982 a new Richard and Linda Thompson 8CD box set that features remastered versions of all six studio albums and previously unreleased recordings.

This career retrospective contains the three classic Island Records releases –‘I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight’, ‘Hokey Pokey’ and ‘Pour Down Like Silver’ – and the long out-of-print albums First Light and Sunnyvista (both new transfers from recently relocated masters) as well as their final album Shoot Out The Lights.

Hard Luck Stories contains 113 songs in total which 30 are previously unreleased. All the studio albums come with bonus tracks and there are ‘Early Years’ and live discs to complete the eight-CD collection.

The set was personally curated by Richard and Linda and compiled and mastered by Andrew Batt. It contains a 72-page hardcover book featuring brand new essays (by Patrick Humphries and Mick Houghton) and rare and previously unpublished photographs.

Hard Luck Stories (1972-1982) will be issued on 11 September 2020. The SDE shop will have an allocation and you can order using this link, or the button below (we are shipping to the USA). Three 180g vinyl reissues (which come with a download code) are also released on the same date.



01: Sweet Little Rock and Roller – The Bunch – Alt version ( 3:48 ) Previously Unreleased
02: The Locomotion – The Bunch from Rock On ( 3:02 )
03: My Girl In The Month of May – The Bunch from Rock On ( 2:13 )
04: When Will I Be Loved – duet with Sandy Denny ( 3:17 )
05: Amazon Queen ( 3:58 ) – Previously Unreleased
06: Shaky Nancy from Henry The Human Fly ( 3:28 )
07: The Angels Took My Racehorse Away from Henry The Human Fly ( 4:02 )
08: Embroidered Butterflies from Brian Patten’s ‘Vanishing Trick’ ( 3:17 )
09: After Frost from Brian Patten’s “Vanishing Trick” ( 1;57 )
10: Sometimes It Happens – Demo – from ‘Dreams Fly Away’ ( 2:06 )
11: Restless Boy – Demo – from ‘Give Me A Sad Song’  ( 4:17 )
12: The World Is A Beautiful Place from ‘ Give Me A Sad Song’ ( 3:30 )
13: Shady Lies – Live at London University College, 25/10/1972 ( 2:23 )
14: Napoleon’s Dream – Live at  London University College, 25/10/1972 ( 2:02 )


01: When I Get To The Border ( 3:26 )
02: The Calvary Cross ( 3:52 )
03: Withered and Died ( 3:25 )
04: I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight ( 3:08 )
05: Down Where The Drunkards Roll ( 4:06 )
06: We Sing Hallelujah ( 2:51 )
07: Has He Got A Friend For Me ?  ( 3:33 )
08: The Little Beggar Girl ( 3:25 )
09: The End Of The Rainbow ( 3:56 )
10: The Great Valerio  ( 5:23 )

Bonus Tracks

11: Mother and Son ( 2:21 ) – Previously Unreleased
12: Down Where The Drunkards Roll – Take 1 ( 4:04 ) – Previously Unreleased
13: The End Of The Rainbow – Linda Thompson vocal version ( 3:57 )  – Previously Unreleased
14: A Heart Needs A Home – Demo version ( 3:58 )  – Previously Unreleased
15: The Great Valerio from Live at the Rainbow 16/03/1975 ( 5:16 )


01: Hokey Pokey Song (The Ice Cream Song)  ( 3:22 )
02: I’ll Regret It All In The Morning  ( 3:36 )
03: Smiffy’s Glass Eye ( 2:53 )
04: Egypt Room ( 3:52 )
05: Never Again ( 3:08 )
06: Georgie On A Spree ( 3:40 )
07: Old Man Inside A Young Man  ( 4:26 )
08: The Sun Never Shines On The Poor  ( 3:41 )
09: A Heart Needs A Home ( 3:47 )
10: Mole In A Hole ( 3:26 )

Bonus Tracks

11: Hokey Pokey – Live on Marc Time – 1975 ( 3:13 ) – Previously Unreleased
12: A Heart Needs A Home – Alternate 1976 version ( 4:03 )



01: Streets of Paradise  ( 4:17 )
02: For Shame Of Doing Wrong ( 4:43 )
03: The Poor Boy Is Taken Away ( 3:34 )
04: Night Comes In ( 8:11 )
05: Jet Plane In A Rocking Chair ( 2:49 )
06: Beat The Retreat ( 5:52 )
07: Hard Luck Stories  ( 3:51 )
08: Dimming Of The Day / Dargai  ( 3:52 )

Bonus Tracks

09: Wanted Man ( 5:35 )  – Previously Unreleased
10: Last Chance – Previously Unreleased ( 3:42 )
11: Diming Of The Day – Demo version ( 3:52 )   – Previously Unreleased
12: Things You Gave Me – Live at Oxford Polytechnic, 27/11/1975  ( 2:35 )
13: It’ll Be Me – Live at Oxford Polytechnic, 27/11/1975  ( 4:24 )
14: Calvary Cross – Live at Oxford Polytechnic, 27/11/1975 ( 13:24 )

CD 5 – THE MADNESS OF LOVE – LIVE – * Previously Unreleased

01: Dargai – Live at Queen Elizabeth Hall 25/04/1975  ( 3:33) *
02: Never Again -Live at Queen Elizabeth Hall 25/04/1975 ( 3:07) *
03: Dark End Of The Street – Live at Queen Elizabeth Hall 25/04/1975 remixed ( 4:19) *
04: Beat The Retreat – Live at Queen Elizabeth Hall 25/04/1975] remixed ( 6:24) *
05: The Sun Never Shines On The Poor – Live at Queen Elizabeth Hall 25/04/1975 ( 3:48)*
06: If I Were A Woman and You Were A Man  – Theatre Royal, London, 01/05 1977 (2:54)*
07: The Madness of Love – Live, Theatre Royal, London, 01/05 1977 ( 7:00 ) *
08: Night Comes In (Linda vocal) – Live, Theatre Royal, London, 01/05 1977 ( 12:53 ) *
09: A Bird In Gods Garden – Live, Theatre Royal, London, 01/05 1977  ( 9:33 ) *
10: The King of Love – Live, Theatre Royal, London, 01/05 1977  ( 6:55 ) *
11: Layla – Live, Theatre Royal, London, 01/05 1977 ( 8:48 ) *


01: Restless Highway ( 3:58 )
02: Sweet Surrender ( 4:53 )
03: Don’t Let A Thief Steal Into Your Heart  ( 4:43 )
04: The Choice Wife ( 2:06 )
05: Died For Love ( 7:01 )
06: Strange Affair  ( 3:08 )
07: Layla ( 4:22 )
08: Pavane ( 5:07 )
09: House of Cards ( 3:30 )
10: First Light ( 4:22 )

Bonus Tracks

11: Strange Affair – Demo version ( 4:09 )  – Previously Unreleased
12: Drunk – Demo version ( 2:14 ) – Previously Unreleased
13: The Dust Of Your Road – Demo version ( 2:33 )   – Previously Unreleased
14: Layla – Demo version ( 4:38 )  – Previously Unreleased
15: Died For Love – Demo version ( 4:47 )  – Previously Unreleased
16: First Light – Demo version  ( 4:03 )


01: Civilization ( 5:01 )
02: Borrowed Time ( 5:34 )
03: Saturday Rolling Around  ( 3:24 )
04: You’re Going To Need Somebody  ( 3:47 )
05: Why Do You Turn Your Back ? ( 5:09 )
06: Sunnyvista ( 4:24 )
07: Lonely Hearts ( 5:05 )
08: Sisters ( 4:47 )
09: Justice In The Streets  ( 4:00 )
10: Traces Of My Love ( 4:05 )

Bonus Tracks

11: Georgie On A Spree – 7” single version ( 3:28 )
12: Lucky In Life – Demo version ( 2:42 ) – Previously Unreleased
13: Speechless Child – Demo version ( 4:17 ) – Previously Unreleased
14: Traces of My Love – Demo version ( 4:13 )  – Previously Unreleased
15: For Shame Of Doing Wrong [Gerry Rafferty version] ( 4:16 )
16: The Wrong Heartbeat [Gerry Rafferty version] ( 3:09 )
17: Back Street Slide (Gerry Rafferty session, 1996 remix)  ( 4:27 )


01: Don’t Renege On Our Love ( 4:17 )
02: Walking On A Wire ( 5:26 )
03: A Man In Need ( 3:34 )
04: Just The Motion ( 6:17 )
05: Shoot Out The Lights  ( 5:22 )
06: Back Street Slide ( 4:31 )
07: Did She Jump Or Was She Pushed ? ( 4:49 )
08: Wall of Death ( 3:43 )

Bonus Tracks

09: Living In Luxury – 7” single version ( 2:32 )
10: The Wrong Heartbeat – Shoot Out The Lights version ( 3:20 )  – Previously Unreleased
11: I’m A Dreamer – Gerry Rafferty session – 1996 remix ( 4:09 )
12: Walking On A Wire – Gerry Rafferty session – 1996 remix ( 5:12 )
13: Pavanne – Live, 2nd Story, Bloomington, Indiana 29/5/1982 ( 5:38 ) – Previously Unreleased
14: High School Confidential – Live, 2nd Story, Bloomington, Indiana 29/5/1982 ( 4:29 )  – Previously Unreleased


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The set is back in stock at Amazon UK @ £69. I’ve just ordered. I’m hoping the discs will be ok.

Dave Bain

Following the unfortunate saga of the dodgy discs and UMCs ignoring of emails, replacement CDs have finally been sent out. I have now played all 8 new discs, which are great in all respects. I am slightly baffled as to why UMC are not re-releasing this set as all the hard work has now been done, i.e. tracks remastered and collated, artwork designed and prepared and everything else that goes into creating a deluxe box set of this type. There is certainly a demand for this set, as evidenced by the silly prices changing hands for this set on eBay and other sites. Several people have already sold their replacement and/or original disc sets with or without the box/book itself (at a tidy profit). UMCs mistakes regarding the problems with the original issue should be chalked down to experience. They will have taken a considerable financial hit due to those mistakes. Surely re-issuing this excellent set would recoup some of those losses.

Dave Bain

Just been on the Amazon UK site and it looks like this set has been re-released after all. Currently priced at £69, this is £7 cheaper than its original release price (although it did drop to £56 for a very short while). Having bought the original dodgy set followed by replacement discs, I can honestly say that this is a tremendous box set worthy of the ‘super deluxe edition’ tag, unlike many other products making the same claim (yes, we all know who you are, you are fooling nobody, well almost nobody). Everything a super deluxe box set should be, Physically attractive and tactile packaging, informative hard cover book and superbly remastered discs and a multitude of previously unreleased material all of which is of an exceptionally high quality.

Patrick Cleasby

They’ve just mailed out. You have until 15th November to go to the web portal to request the discs.

Sascha H.

I did send a mail and get a reply from them to send a proof that i bought the box set and my adresse. Fine. I hope that it will work well and the replacment CDs play without a fault.

John C

I emailed on 8th October and have had no acknowledgement yet. Has anybody else heard anything yet?





Sascha H.

Yes, hurra, I did get my replacement CDs today. I hope they will work fine without any faults.

Sascha H.

No replacement CDs until today. It is about 5 weeks since I contacted umusic. Anyone the same experience ?

Mark Cappelletty

It’s December 8 here in the US and haven’t heard back. I filled out the form before but did it again and emailed them directly.

Steve W

December 9 and I still haven’t received my replacement CDs. This is poor.

Graeme ewan

Can we not all tweet Umc en masses or something? Not good on twitter so don’t know the most effective way.

Peter Stanton

My set was delivered to my daughter in Belgium from Amazon Holland. Unfortunately, she has no means of playing it to see if it works and the prospect of her coming home, or me going out there, gets more and more remote. I could get it posted, but then there is the risk of damage and the cost.

£28.35 has just been taken from my bank account, so it would seem to be a superb deal , but only if it plays.

Should I get her to return it or hang on in there??

Scott Smith

Received mine today and came here to comment and ask if anyone else was having problems. Well… Of the 8 discs, 7 of them won’t play the last track (they’re fine up to that point) and one of them won’t play the last 4 tracks. I’m just sending it back to Amazon for a refund and I may order another someday if Universal deals with this correctly. The sad part is this set would have generated some nice royalties for Richard & Linda but you can bet they won’t get paid for returned product.

graeme ewan

The countdown to extinction of this box set begins. Only days left til the big return and refund.then its all locked down!!! seriously tho. WTF are UMC doing? no announcement, no replacement, no respect of the employees, the very valuable people who should be empowered to do their job without pressure. Come on UMC. get this done properly. respect your workers in the plants and the artist. Thanks in advance.

Lee Realgone

If there isn’t an obvious development on this by October 1st, mine is being returned for a full refund. I have a limited income – as much as I love running my own website, it brings in absolutely no money – so can’t afford to be stuck with a faulty box set.

Kenneth Shurtluff

I’m having the same problem as many of your supporters. Discs 3, 4 and 7 are defective. Still haven’t listened to discs 5 &8. I’m in the US and bought my copies from JPC. Heard back from them this morning and they told me to ship them back to Germany. They offered replacement copies, but what’s to say they won’t be defective as well?


recordstore.co.uk contacted me today saying a replacement box set is being sent out and for me to send the other one back using a Freepost Address. I don’t know if they have fixed the problem or are just hoping that the new box isn’t faulty, I will find out as soon as it arrives. I had the signed art print edition so I will be keeping that back as I think I’d never see it again.

Gary Fowles

I’m not sure how I feel about not being alone with this problem of skipping discs. I’m glad that at least there are a few of us and if we all mail in to the correct email address then hopefully something will be done about it.

It’s a shame since the set is actually pretty nicely put together, I’ve read the book already and couldn’t be any happier that it is one of those box sets that I love, CDs + decent book.

Oh well, let’s just keep each other posted on any developments.

Sascha H.

I send the box set back to amazon and get a replacement box today. I hope the discs will work out well this time, disc 1 is in my player right now.

Graeme ewan

Please let us all know. Thanks


Nice box set
Great book
But cd´s shit…..shit…..shit
Disc problems of many of them
I have also send a mail to UMC ABOUT THIS
All the best from Denmark


Anyone looking for the plastic inner sleeves in the UK for cardboard sleeved CD’s or box sets like Hard Luck Stories, John Lennon Imagine, Paul McCartney/Wings Wild Life etc to stop any scratching when taking out or replacing. analogueseduction.net sell Nagaoka brand of antistatic inner cd sleeves £10.99 for a pack of 20, they also sell Analogue Studio antistatic inner sleeves which you can get in different price bands (10 for £4.49 – 100 for £26.99) these prices need post cost adding to them, look under CD care for the items. audioaffair.co.uk sell the Nagaoka sleeves as well and Juno.co.uk have some Nagaoka for £5.99 for a pack of 20 though limited in stock.

Paul English

Just finished playing my set.
All 8 discs play fine.
Haven’t tried ripping them though.

Andrew Greenwood

I’m playing through now, as I have been away the last three days since it arrived.
no problems yet (up to disc 3 track 9) but hope if there are issues we can just get a pack of new discs from Universal as I did with the dodgy Bly Rays issued with the Pink Floyd boxes (that I just found out about in time) and not have to send the whole package back and play them all through again to see if the next version is from the same batch.
I’ll keep returning here and Steve Hoffman to see what the consensus is and if there are Universal updates (most likely through Paul I suspect)

Sascha H.

No reply from umusic. Are they gonna fix this problem right now ? I will send the article back to amazon hopefully to get a good exemplare of this box set. I am sad about this all cause it is realy a fantastic box set. Love their music.


Another one going back – got to Disc 4 then the skipping started. Only serves to increase the number of people who give up on physical product. Come on Universal…..


I ordered from recordstore.co.uk and put disc 4 track 14 on straight away and sadly I am stuck with the same problem, at 11 minutes there is a clicking/electrical sound and then the track skips and the sound drops out, I haven’t played any of the other cd’s yet but have contacted record store.co.uk and Universal. The CD was clean, no scuffs/marks. Player: Pioneer BDP-LX58.

Sascha H.

No reply from umusic. I wonder if there ever will be a replacement ? Should I be more patience and wait a few more days ?

Lee Realgone

I’m actually considering sending mine back to Amazon for a full refund. Not sure I want to risk holding onto a box set that has multiple errors – and a majorly borked disc 5 – past the return date only to be disappointed by Universal’s solution. It seems like a big ask for them to do a replacement programme for all 8 discs…

Mean Mr Mustard

This is a real shame. The packaging is lovely but dodgy CDs? What is it with quality control and these deluxe editions? Why put so much care into the packaging and not give a rat’s behind for the actual music? I remember the trouble with the Pink Floyd blu-ray of DSotM and the Bowie ‘Heroes’ (although there is some argument that this wasn’t wasn’t an oversight). Why don’t they test these things before releasing them? Aaargh! Irritated and baffled…excuse my venting.

Sascha H.

So I listened to all of the 8 CDs. 4 of them stuck several times. A few minutes ago I send a mail to umusic for a replacement which hopefully will work out well. I hope they fix it soon.


So my copy arrived today ..played disc 1.. reading errors on each of the first four tracks despite discs looking fine ..seriously disappointing


Got my set from Amazon UK: Czech manufactured. So far all discs play OK. Have tested each one, and checked selected tracks focusing on the ones members here and elsewhere have flagged up as problems, and the noisy player/knocking issues (my player is a 30 year old Phillips CD850!). Looking at peoples’ comments, the affected discs and tracks seem to be random, and may be related to the packing and the packaging design. Cleaning may be the answer. I loathe these slot in books as they always result in multiple scuffs from careless packers which don’t affect play generally but are ugly, and, worse, marks on the discs at ‘quarter to the hour’ and ‘quarter past the hour’ where the different layers of card in the slot are forced onto the playing surface of the disc. These marks are normally towards the outer edges of the disc and vary in intensity – a lot of the problems reported concern the later tracks towards the outer edge. I always (obsessively probably) check my discs using the light bulb method and clean with a CD cloth and good ol’ breath! I also decant the discs into thin plastic CD cases for storage so they don’t get worse scratches. I found all discs in this set had packing scuffs and the ‘outer marks’ – worst I’ve seen in a long while. There was also a fair smattering of packer’s fingermarks on most discs. Cleaning removed the fingermarks and some of the worst of the ‘outer edge’ marks. On Disc 4 – which has had more problems reported? – I also found what I think is some kind of overspray (from the top surface possibly?). This has left more solid marks that cannot be removed. Invariably this seems to be a batch issue. I checked that part of my disc played OK. I may just be lucky. The only slight problem I’ve had is that the index on Disc 5 took marginally longer to load than normal; subsequent plays have been OK. Hope this helps.


Jumps a few seconds ahead , then a blank second etc ..happened on each of the first four songs on disc 1 at some point ..stopped after that ..asked amazon for a swap set and see if the second one is better

Sascha H.

Well, I pre ordered my copy and get it on the 11th of September. I played 5 CDs today and on CD 4 track 14 are several faults, the CD stuck. I think this track is on another CD so if this is the only fault I won´t have to request for a good cd which plays well so I hope that the other 3 play without problems. Cause all in all it´s a beautifuly made set. Just love the photos with Linda. WOW ! What a beautiful woman !

Steve Peatchey

Exactly the same issues with my discs. Hopefully UMC can come up with a solution along the same lines as the Bowie boxset a few years ago before I go through the Amazon returns procedure


Well, add me to the list of people who got a defective set. Disc 1 was great, Disc 2 was wonderful, Disc 3 was a blast! Disc 4 was a skipperty-do-da. :-(

Subsequently found other discs have problems. My discs look pristine, no scratches, smudges, or marks. So I guess it’s simply in the production of this set.

The book is nice, but obviously the manufacturing fault just destroys my excitement. Shall I return it for a refund, or await a replacement scheme? Advice please.

graeme ewan

Yep, tried to rip cd3 on EAC and its stuck on track 8 for 2 hrs!! and issues with other tracks on other discs.I would wait a week or 2. If a product is defective would have at least a month to return.


To anyone who has not received their copy, I would count yourself lucky. Multiple reports of errors in playback and discs refusing to rip. Mine too. I ordered this the day it went up for pre-order. I am going to hang on for a few days to see if the manufacturer fesses up. If they don’t, I will be sending this back to Amazon. It will be interesting to see if those waiting start to suddenly get orders filled – maybe Amazon will start shipping out all the faulty boxes they receive back!

graeme ewan

Hi Stevie, Thank the Lord it isnt just me with disc issues on this one. Is there any way we can all get together and contact UMC “En Masse”. to get replacements? I see zero point in sending back to Amazon with zero guarantee of getting a non faulty replacement. That’s if they even have replacements in stock.


hi Graeme
A few people have sent emails to UMC. It’s been reported on the Steve Hoffman forum that our host here, Paul, is going to see what he can find out via his own contact at UMC. I am going to hang on to this faulty box in the hope that UMC might send out replacement discs in due course to anyone who has bought it and reported errors.

Graeme ewan

Still deaf ears at umc. No reply to any of these issues.

David Tomlinson

Well, I keep getting emails changing the dates, now September 22-October 9. But given what I paid (GBP 46.98 plus 4.85 shipping), I’m not canceling. The charge has already hit the card, so I’m assuming it is or will soon be on the way.

Currently GBP 87.03 on Amazon UK.

I’ve never heard half of these discs, so I’m hoping they all play. This should be enjoyable on my mid-range setup in my very small listening room.


Disc 6 is faulty (the last track has fluttering and there are visible marks on the CD) and I can’t rip discs 6, 7 and 8.


I received my copy of the “Hard Luck Stories” CD Box Set a couple of days ago from Amazon. It appeared to be in excellent condition on receipt. Visually, the discs look OK. However, I have been very disappointed to find that all the discs I have tried so far in the set have problems. There are glitches on tracks 8 and 14 of disc one. Disc two has similar glitches and stutters from track 6 onwards.
On disc 3 there are glitches on tracks 9, 10, 12, 13 and 14.
I have tried the discs on various machines and had the same problems. I have yet to try other discs, but pessimistic as other people have had problems with discs 6, 7 and 8. I have emailed Universal to see if the discs can be replaced.


Please can you share if you get a response from Universal, this is really annoying, honestly, how hard can it be to get something like this right ;-)

graeme ewan

email sent to UMC as well at 21 , 13.9.20. to contact@umusic.com.
Lets see if we can get a reply and some action on replacements.


Yes, me too!

Lee Realgone

Same here. Didn’t notice any obvious faults on the first couple of discs, but disc 4 struggled to play and there are constant audio glitches during tracks 9-11 on disc 5. I haven’t tried the rest yet, but this is unacceptable for a supposed premium product.

As it stands, this box set is not fit for purpose.

Ian Ryder

Just to add to the comments, I also had the email from Amazon on day of release telling me I wouldn’t get it til October. The following day it turned up. I think Amazon have some badly flawed automated systems as this has happened with day of release stuff from them many times. I’ve said it before, they cornered the market with aggressive pricing and great service, now they’ve decimated the marketplace the service has gone to shit and the pricing isn’t always the best either. As for this box set, my disc five seems fine, what was the other disc people are having problems with? I like the mastering. ‘IWTSTBL’ is in my top ten albums of ever and I love the sound on this edition (CD in my case) and I’ve long waited for ‘First Light’ on CD just for ‘Sweet Surrender’. It did not disappoint.

Nathan Thomas

If amazon have ‘decimated the marketplace’ & caused you untold pain over new releases/service/pricing maybe you should actually put your money where your mouth is, stop using them & make your future purchased via SDE etc.

Ian Ryder

Nathan, I buy from plenty of places including SDE and bricks and mortar shops. I’m just saying Amazon is the big evil corporation that serves only itself that we’re all enslaved too. I’ve said to much, they’re probably already sending the terminator back from the future to silence me or steal back my Richard and Linda Thompson box set so that they can still supply someone in 2089 that hasn’t got their preorder yet.

graeme ewan

Disc faults. Can anyone help? disc 5 , the last 2 songs will not play. Very light visual damage at this point on the disc but I have ancient cd’s that play in worse condition. Anyone else had issues or who can I contact for a replacement disc? thanks. Bought from Amazon at £56 so doubt they have replacements.

David Powell

Well I would guess that if you bought it from amazon you would contact amazon (who else would you contact?) – it’s in stock on their site so why wouldn’t they replace if it’s faulty (?)

graeme ewan

its not in stock david.

Paul Thomson

Absolutely livid that Amazon have screwed this up. How can you trust them with a pre-order if they screw this up so badly. Will I get my Bob Mould box set? So incredibly pissed off about this and, as usual, Amazon behave without the slightest concern. On the plus side hearing about remastering concerns being raised by those who have heard them (noted Alexander’s concerns below), Any other SDE listeners got a view on that?

Stuart Wright

It is worth hanging on as I got the ‘October/November’ email from Amazon yesterday but the box arrived today!

graeme ewan

got a couple of faulty discs on mine. not good. discs and card board do not mix. dont know what to do re replacements. amazon are useless in this respect. anyone know who to contact at the Label?

David Powell

Not sure how “amazon are useless in this respect” – every time I’ve had a faulty item (which isn’t usually Amazon’s fault) they’ve sent a replacement immediately by next day delivery without any problem – how exactly are amazon useless re faulty replacements? I’ve had far worse experiences with smaller independent record shops who seem to view faulty items & replacement requests as a customers attempt to scam them somehow

Philip John Birtwistle

They’re clearly struggling for stock at Amazon. Fortunately for me my order, placed 16th July, landed just when they said it would. Time to introduce the neighbours to the box now…..

Paul Anderson

I ordered mine on 18th July and I can only hope that I will eventually get it.


Hi There
Extremely disappointed with Amazon UK regarding R & L Thompson box set received email this morning indicating could not fulfil order at present encouraging me to cancel order
Delivery date now between 2nd October & 4th of October not a happy bunny used Amazons UK ring back service spoke to 3 members of staff who all advised me to cancel order with Amazon. No explanation given as to why unable to deliver box set or reason for delay extremely poor custom service & communication
Box set still being advertised on site more expensive with a 1 to 2 month delivery date

Paul Gray

I too ordered from Amazon and am now advised of the delay. I’d be interested to hear Andrew’s take on this, presumably demand has outstripped supply or is there a problem with the CDs as mentioned on Steve Hoffman’s site?

Graeme ewan

hi Paul. Anyone got back to u with any issues with this set if they’ve bought from sde and had problems yet?

Nathan Thomas

Mine arrived yesterday – seems like most other people who ordered have also received theirs so seems like an errant amazon email.


Really sad to say that the remastering isn’t that good. Especially the two Chrysalis albums sound much, much better on the Hanibal CDs. They are a bit louder but – and this is what I dislike more than limiting – they have a very harsh boosted treble/upper midrange. This is even more annoying as Andrew commented on the forums how much better his new remasters would sound. The only album the remaster doesn’t bother me much is Shoot out the lights. The difference from the much hated Island remasters to the ones in this set is smaller than the difference from the Hanibal Cds to this box. Sad, I had high hopes.

Nathan Thomas

The remastering sounds fine to me on my high end sound system, but I guess you can’t please everyone as many have preconceived notions of some ‘perfect remaster’ tailored to their own particular preferences

Peter c l

I ordered same day it was announced on Amazon uk. Now they’ve cancelled my order


Pre-ordered on 16.07, the day this was first announced, and have now received two emails from Amazon in the last few days saying no delivery date now known. Rumours related on the Steve Hoffman site regarding licencing issues, particularly in the US, between record labels. Anybody else heard anything?


Mine has been shipped from the uDiscover store.


Received mine from Amazon UK today.

Paul K.

This is quite exciting. For one thing I was told the First Light and Sunnyvista masters were lost. Here’s a question for Andrew Batt. What are the sources for the 1977 Theatre Royal material? I know some of it was recorded and broadcast by Capital Radio.

Thanks for putting this together.

Paul Kovit

This is quite exciting. For one thing I was told the First Light and Sunnyvista masters were lost. Here’s a question for Andrew Batt. What are the sources for the 1977 Theatre Royal material? I know some of it was recorded and broadcast by Capital Radio.

Thanks for putting this together.

Robert G

Why not the complete Rafferty sessions??

Philip John Birtwistle

Richard & Linda vetoed the material we didn’t get here according to Andy on the Steve Hoffman forum.

Dave Hughes

I believe the Rafferty SOTL recordings are still easily accessed via bootlegs…


JPC shipping to the US – Is that a fairly new development?
My recollection is that Paul used to post a statement saying that JPC orders were only available in the EU and UK…? Plus I thought I saw a disclaimer on their site a while back, about it. Am I wrong on that?

Lee Blackstone

Still no Amazon US listing? The box set has been listed on Amazon UK for days…

Andy Johnson

Anyone know if the discs will be issued separately at some point?

CJ Feeney

Well the first three original albums (Bright lights, Hokey Pokey, Pour Down) are released on vinyl the same day as this box, presumably with the new mastering. No idea if the other three will get issued.

As for the bonus material, I’m still woring out what stuff I already have. It would be the third time I’ve bought that performance of “Dark End of the Street” (track 3, disc 5).

If the remastering is really good, I’ll upgrade but I’m still not 100% sure on this.

Bongo Fury

right now € 18,99 at amazon.nl

John Rea

Hello Bongo! A brilliant find! Unfortunately I can’t find anyway to translate into English and I am wary of finding that I have signed up to prime…

Good man!


@Bongo Fury:

Brilliant find indeed (and also quite obvious a pricing mistake) but only for those who live in the Netherlands and Belgium (or have family or friends there) because amazon.nl only delivers this to these two countries.


If you read this in time when the price is still on this level and you order it to your parents adress could you order one for me too?


I see that it is now a very reasonable 30.22 on the Amazon.nl site .Now with the September release date..

Ah well!


Shows release date as 31/12/20 for some reason… Tried to order anyway but won’t let me ship to UK. Really can’t imagine they’d honour that price though.

Bongo Fury

Release date has been changed to 11/09/20. Price hasn’t been changed (yet).


Thanks for flagging the Amazon.nl deal it will not ship to Spain so I am maintaining my french order. Let us know if they honour this price as it appears to be a mistake on their side. Cheers


I just bought it minutes ago on amazon.nl for 30.22 euros. I’m lucky enough to have family in the Netherlands. It would be a good idea to add amazon.nl to the list of Shops under the heading Compare prices and pre-order at the top of this page. Thanks for finding all these great super deluxe editions, Paul !


Anyone know why there’s no Amazon US listing yet? Will this not be released in the US?


Great news, I’m really looking forward to this release! :-)
Are the lyrics included in the book, too?


Looks to be a very satisfying addition. Having several of Mr. Batt’s previous projects I know this will sound great. Especially looking forward to the 2 tracks from Bloomington, IN in May 1982. Our second R&L show. (The first being the night before at Tut’s in Chicago.) Two sleepless nights in a row! No problem. Our adrenaline was pumping on high. So glad we got to see them, not knowing it was the lest time. Simon, DM and Pete backing. Ah well. Always glad to see some new tracks pop up. Even with our 1980’s tape trading network there’s still a lot of unheard tracks here. Thanks for doing this.


Hi. This set looks superb, looking forward to it thanks for bringing this up. I also have the Bobby Gentry, Fotheringay and Sandy Denny sets and they have great sound to my ears. Just bought this from amazon France 71,87€ plus shipping, maybe you could include this one also in the widget? Thanks

Wayne Klein

I will end up buying it as I am a hardcore R&L fan having said that, I had kind of wished for a DVD compiling all of their TV appearances. I would have liked for an official release of theRaferty sessi0ns in this set but Richard and Linda have never held it in really high regard.

Andrew did a great job with his previous releases so I’m in.