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Full House: Richard Thompson's Favourite Albums
Jude Rogers , October 3rd, 2018 11:29

As Fairport Convention alumnus and folk rock hero Richard Thompson tours his new album he speaks to Jude Rogers about 13 favourite records, from The Watersons to Squeeze, Moby Grape, Offa Rex, Marissa Nadler and Crowded House


The Rails – There Are Other People In This World Not Just You
[laughs] Well, yes, I'd heard of The Rails somewhere before [they consist of his daughter Kami Thompson and her husband James Walbourne]. I bred The Rails! But genuinely, I'm very proud of my musical children. All of them [Teddy and Kami Thompson are his children with his first wife, Linda Thompson; Jack is his son with his second wife, Nancy Covey]. I've picked this album because it's very up my street in terms of its sound – it blends rock and folk in a very British-sounding way. And it reminds me, in some ways, of what I was doing in the 70s with Linda. I love playing with my family, which we do from time time [including on 2014's project, 'Family', which included Linda on record]. When families sing together, there's often something quite magical that happens, I think – something about the similar shape of your skulls or your mouths means that your voices just seem to fit together. Do we ever argue when we play together? Amazingly, not really. [laughs] Really. Or rather, it's because I command respect from all of them, obviously!