Hard Luck Stories: 1972-1982 [Box Set] Image
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  • Artist(s): Linda Thompson, Richard Thompson
  • Summary: The eight-disc box set collects together the songs from husband-and-wife duo including six remastered studio albums, 30 previously unreleased tracks and a disc of live performances.
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  1. Sep 22, 2020
    100
    Hard Luck Stories is evidence Richard & Linda Thompson's union was more than worthwhile. However things ended, they created something truly special, and this is as consistently excellent and rewarding as any box set of the past decade.
  2. Sep 22, 2020
    90
    Inside there’s one masterpiece and three very fine records, all remastered. ... As on most of Hard Luck Stories, the remastering is barely noticeable, but the previously unreleased bonus tracks are more notable.
  3. Sep 22, 2020
    84
    It’s the rare box set where the rarities feel integral to the compilation’s impact, tying up loose ends and illuminating areas previously shrouded in darkness.
  4. Sep 22, 2020
    80
    Across six albums in less than a decade, Richard and Linda Thompson may not have entirely rewritten the folk handbook but they left some intriguing scrawls in the margins. There’s even more to study in this long-in-the-making, elegantly packaged set, with the inclusion of 31 tracks never before offered up for public consumption.
  5. Sep 22, 2020
    80
    Over eight CDs (or a big download) is the story of one of the most intriguing partnerships in British music: the silvery folk-rock duo Richard and Linda Thompson. It is a tale worth retelling – and shelling out for.
  6. Classic Rock Magazine
    Sep 30, 2020
    70
    All six albums for Island Records generously expanded. [Oct 2020, p.93]