Some Kind Of Smelling Salts: “Little Blue Number”

Some Kind Of Smelling Salts features songs from my personal playlist of musical stimulants and audio caffeine delivery systems; a distinct selection of creations and performances that I find to be deliciously intoxicating, undeniably invigorating and unapologetically addictive.

Listening not for the faint of heart.

The title comes from the second verse of the song “Recovery” by Frank Turner. (See the introductory post of …Smelling Salts published on February 17, 2019.)

Today’s dose is “Little Blue Number,” a song by Richard Thompson.

It is the third song on the second side of his 1985 solo LP, Across A Crowded Room. 

Long time readers of this blog might remember that another song from Across A Crowded Room was a previous selection in this category. The song was “Fire In The Engine Room.”

As I always say, “One high-octane Richard Thompson song certainly deserves another!”

But don’t just take my word for it. Give a listen for yourself!


See what I mean? Whew!

“Little Blue Number” was performed by:

  • Richard Thompson – Lead Vocals & Lead Electric Guitar
  • Simon Nicol – 12-string Rickenbacker Rhythm Guitar
  • Bruce Lynch – Bass
  • Dave Mattucks – Drums, Percussion & Keyboards
  • Alan Dunn – Accordion
  • Pete Thomas – Tenor Saxophone
  • Dave Bitelli – Baritone Saxophone
  • Philip Pickett – Shawm & Crumhorn
  • Christine Collister, Clive Gregson & Phil Barnes – Backing Vocals

Across A Crowded Room was recorded during September & October, 1984 at RAK Studios in London, England. Joe Boyd was the producer. The album was released in April 1985 on Polydor Records.

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1 Response to Some Kind Of Smelling Salts: “Little Blue Number”

  1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    I need to listen to more Richard Thompson…the one I’m most familiar with is Shoot Out The Lights.

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