Songs You May Have Missed #187


Richard & Linda Thompson: “A Heart Needs a Home” (1975)

If you like folk-inflected British rock and intelligient songwriting, and aren’t yet familiar with the work of Richard Thompson, he’s like a treasure waiting your discovery.

Not only is the man among rock’s great lesser-known (especially in America) songwriters, but he’s also an absolute god of guitar, equally adept and captivating on electric or acoustic. (Don’t look for him to show off on this song, though)

Here’s a duet with then-wife Linda, who herself was on the “Queen of British Folk” short list, among the likes of Shirley Collins, Sandy Denny and Maddy Prior. Linda’s plaintive unadorned, everywoman voice suited the mournful quality of much of the material Richard wrote for her to sing.

Fans of modern-day boy-girl folk duos like The Swell Season and The Weepies, take note: you’re looking at one of the templates here.

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