The new 4-CD set Walking On A Wire: 1968-2009 covers every phase of Richard Thompson's career, beginning with the trail-blazing folk-rock group Fairport Convention, to his duo albums with then-wife Linda Thompson, as well as his 20-plus years as a critically acclaimed solo artist. The songs chosen for this selection of his box set were carefully assembled and cover a wide range of styles - rock 'n' roll with folk, jazz, rockabilly and the odd waltz and soundtrack theme thrown in - the scope of his songwriting, and the sheer virtuosity of his playing. Compiled by Richard Thompson himself, Walking On A Wire includes material from every album he has released.
Named one of the Top 20 guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone, the British folk-rock legend is one of the world's most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. Thompson's songs have been covered by R.E.M., Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, and many others.