Strict Tempo!

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Strict Tempo! is an instrumental album by Richard Thompson released in 1981. Although the album is technically Thompson's second studio album, it is typically not referred to as such, with its followup Hand of Kindness usually receiving that label and the numbering of his discography continuing from there.

After the modest sales for their 1979 album Sunnyvista, Richard and Linda Thompson found themselves without a record deal. An album produced and financed by Gerry Rafferty (see Shoot Out the Lights for more details) failed to secure them a deal with a major label.

To generate some income, Richard Thompson formed his own record label Elixir Records and recorded this album mostly at the small BTW studio in London, and also at the Woodworm Studios at Cropredy.

The album consists of some of the artist's favourite tunes, all rendered as instrumentals and all arranged for guitar, mandolin, and other instruments played by Thompson. The only other musician is drummer Dave Mattacks.

The album was re-released on CD by Topic Records in 1992, and again on CD by Omnivore Recordings in 2011.

All songs Traditional and arranged by Richard Thompson except where noted.

This page was last edited on 28 February 2018, at 04:17 (UTC).
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