Richard Thompson – Henry the Human Fly

ARTIST: Richard Thompson Hthf

TITLE:  Henry the Human Fly




OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No one really bought it, and CD releases have been rare or non-existent. So…probably none.

LINEUP: Richard Thompson, Tim Donald, Pat Donaldson and others

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Thompson’s first solo album after leaving Fairport Convention has some inventive songs and great playing, but fails to make a dent commercially.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Looking at the titles, and listening to the music, the only thing different about this Richard Thompson album and the material he writes now is the youthful sound of his vocals. His playing is great, and while he may be a little unsure of himself vocally, he does well with some backup singers helping out, including a few appearances by Sandy Denny and Ashley Hutchings, his former bandmates.

It’s not that surprising that it didn’t sell in the US, as Fairport Convention were really a cult band, and kind of faceless (except for Denny) at that. They missed out on a good album, though.

If you can find this, somehow, somewhere, then I’d definitely give it a listen. I found my copy on a Russian web site that had MP3s for a nickel – and the tracks were from a vinyl copy. Still worth it.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: His future wife, Linda Thompson (credited as Linda Peters) also sang backups with Denny and Hutchings.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No. This should be digitally released, but I can understand why it’s not.

GRADE: B+: Kind of unfortunate that it’s buried, but it’s a buried treasure for Thompson fans.

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