Henry the Human Fly is the debut solo album by Richard Thompson, his first release following his leaving former group Fairport Convention.[8][9] It was released on the Island label in the U.K. and the Reprise label in the U.S.A. in April 1972. The album was reissued by Rykodisc in 1991.[6]

Henry the Human Fly
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1972
RecordedFebruary 1972
StudioSound Techniques, London
GenreFolk rock
ProducerRichard Thompson, John Wood
Richard Thompson chronology
Henry the Human Fly
I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight
Professional ratings
Review scores
Christgau's Record GuideA−[2]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[3]
MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide[4]
Rolling Stone[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[6]
Spin Alternative Record Guide9/10[7]

Thompson has stated that at one point this was the worst-selling album in the Warner Bros. catalog.[10][8]

Production edit

Although Thompson's first solo album, two other ex-Fairport Convention members (Sandy Denny and Ashley Hutchings) make appearances.[6] Linda Peters, who married Thompson shortly after the album was released, sings backup on Henry the Human Fly.[5][11]

Critical reception edit

The Spin Alternative Record Guide called the songs "tinged with perversity and populated by oddballs," writing that it "reveals Thompson as the one Fairporter most fiercely determined to redefine folk rock at every turn."[7]

Mojo counted Henry the Human Fly as one of the hundred greatest guitar albums ever produced.[12]

Track listing edit

All songs written by Richard Thompson.

  1. "Roll Over Vaughn Williams" – 4:09
  2. "Nobody’s Wedding" – 3:13
  3. "The Poor Ditching Boy" – 3:01
  4. "Shaky Nancy" – 3:26
  5. "The Angels Took My Racehorse Away" – 4:01
  6. "Wheely Down" – 3:00
  7. "The New St. George" – 2:08
  8. "Painted Ladies" – 3:31
  9. "Cold Feet" – 2:26
  10. "Mary and Joseph" – 1:38
  11. "The Old Changing Way" – 3:55
  12. "Twisted" – 1:58

Personnel edit

References edit

  1. ^ Hartenbach, Brett (2011). "Henry the Human Fly - Richard Thompson | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: T". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved 16 March 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Vol. 8. MUZE. pp. 150–151.
  4. ^ MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Visible Ink Press. 1999. p. 1144.
  5. ^ a b Loder, Kurt (29 March 1984). "Henry the Human Fly". Rolling Stone.
  6. ^ a b c The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. p. 704.
  7. ^ a b Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. 1995. pp. 405–406.
  8. ^ a b "Richard Thompson | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  9. ^ "Richard Thompson: Quintessential Cult Artist". NPR.org.
  10. ^ "Richard Thompson". Music.
  11. ^ "Hard-Luck Stories". MTV News.
  12. ^ "North Coast Journal November 30, 2006 : THE HUM : Heartbreaker". www.northcoastjournal.com.