Richard Thompson Live at Rockpalast

This has just been released in 2017 tho it was recorded in 1983 and 1984: RT Live at Rockpalast, as two DVDs and three CDs – of two performances, one in Hamburg and the other in Cannes. After the Hamburg gig, there’s an opportunity on DVD1 to watch a brief interview between RT and the German Rockpalast guy. This was after both performances, I now think, because Thompson is asked about his reception, and he mentions that whistling means different things in different countries. When I watched that, I wondered why he said that – because he was well received in the Hamburg Markthalle.  But now I’ve watched the Cannes gig, where a couple of slower numbers, particularly Night Comes In, seem to be badly received, with a great deal of whistling. If I’ve understood the audience behaviour correctly, I don’t know why the French weren’t expecting what they got.

The Hamburgers were insistent that they got more, bringing the band back to the stage twice for another six more songs than Cannes got – as either the French didn’t ask RT back, or he wouldn’t go. One result of that is that the first disk is a DVD9, but the second needs only to be a DVD5 🙂 Maybe he should have included Ça plane pour moi, which he does in perfect French, at great speed.