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Various Artists: Hard Cash

Richard Thompson et al: Hard Cash (Special Delivery SPDCD 1027)

Hard Cash
Various Artists

Special Delivery (Topic Records) SPD/SPC/SPDCD 1027 (LP/cassette/CD, UK, 1990)
Green Linnet SIF/CSIF/GLCD-3049 (LP/cassette/CD, USA, 1990)
Vivid 3049 (CD)
Fledg'ling FLED 3017 (CD, UK, August 1998)

Richard Thompson et al: Hard Cash (Fledg'ling FLED 3017)
Clive Gregson & Christine Collister: The Great Provider (Special Delivery SPEC 45005)

The Great Provider / Good With My Hands
Clive Gregson & Christine Collister

Special Delivery (Topic Records) SPEC 45005 (7"single, UK, 1990)

This is the music to the BBC North West documentary Hard Cash, first broadcast March 1990, produced by David Henshaw, directed by Liz Molyneux.

All tracks produced by Peter Filleul and Richard Thompson;
Sessions directed by Peter Filleul;
Recorded and mixed at Redwood Studios (engineers Johnny Q and James Saunders) and Ideal Sound Recorders (engineer Dave Kenny);
Mastered at CBS by Tim Young;
Music co-ordination by Musicare;
Project management by Sian Wynne;
Sleeve photography by Andrew Clean;
Design by Tony Engle

Musicians

Richard Thompson, vocals (1, 12), backing vocals (3), guitar (1, 2, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14), mandolin (13);
Clive Gregson, vocals (2), backing vocals (1, 3), guitar (1-3, 6, 9, 11, 14), slide guitar (13);
Christine Collister, vocals (2, 14), backing vocals (1, 3);
Ron Kavana, vocals (3), guitar (3);
Martin Carthy, vocals (4), acoustic guitar (4, 8);
Dave Kelly, vocals (5, 11), acoustic guitar (5);
Jo Ann Kelly, vocals (6);
June Tabor, vocals (7, 10);
The Watersons, vocals (8);
Keith Hancock, vocals (9), melodeon (9);
Hilary Fletcher, vocals (11);
Michael Marra, vocals (13), backing vocals (3);
Andy Brown, bass guitar (1-3, 6, 9, 11, 13-14);
Dave Mattacks, drums (1-3, 6, 9, 11, 13-14);
Chris Leslie, fiddle (1);
Alan Dunn, accordion (1, 3);
Pete Zorn, flute (1), penny whistle (1, 12);
Peter Filleul, backing vocals (9), keyboards (1-3, 6, 7, 10-14);
Ian Lynn, keyboards (3, 6, 7, 10-14)

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Richard Thompson: Time to Ring Some Changes (3.44)
  2. Clive Gregson & Christine Collister: The Great Provider (4.55)
  3. Ron Kavana: A Living Wage (3.49)
  4. Martin Carthy: Work Life Out to Keep Life In (Roud 5591; G/D 3:656) (2.43)
  5. Dave Kelly: You're the Pits (1.02)
  6. Jo Ann Kelly: Odd Job Man (3.36)
  7. June Tabor: Mrs Rita (2.53)
  1. The Watersons: Hilda's Cabinet Band (2.15)
  2. Keith Hancock: Force on the Workforce (2.31)
  3. June Tabor: The Jute Mill Song (2.12)
  4. Dave Kelly & Hilary Fletcher: Master and Servant (5.08)
  5. Richard Thompson: Oh I Swear (3.38)
  6. Michael Marra: The Guernsey Kitchen Porter (3.19)
  7. Clive Gregson & Christine Collister: Good With My Hands (4.28)

Tracks 1, 7, 12 Richard Thompson;
Track 2, 14 Clive Gregson;
Track 3 Ron Kavana;
Track 4 trad. arr., additional lyrics Martin Carthy;
Track 5 Dave Kelly;
Track 6 Jo Ann Kelly & Nigel Portman-Smith;
Track 8 Lal Waterson;
Track 9 Keith Hancock;
Track 10 trad. arr. Peter Filleul;
Track 11 Dave Kelly, Hilary Fletcher, Gary Fletcher;
Track 13 Michael Marra

Sleeve Notes

We were asked to write the music for the BBC series Hard Cash at the beginning of 1989 but it was only after we had seen some of the completed filming that we hit upon the idea of expanding the project to record an album including contributions from other songwriters on the same theme of exploitation at work, written from whichever angle they chose.

It is hard to find a songwriter or, indeed, any musician who cannot relate to the reality of being exploited, an irony that many of those involved were quick to point out and it may have been this that fired their extraordinary efforts on this project. As you will hear, they all rose to the occasion surpassing all our expectations by writing and performing some truly excellent songs, sometimes expressing views that do not necessarily reflect their own sentiments!

The result is something which we are very proud to be associated with.

Richard Thompson & Peter Filleul