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After the marked lack of success achieved by his first album, ''Henry The Human Fly'', British singer/songwriter/guitarist Richard Thompson struck up a personal and professional relationship with Linda Peters, a session singer. ''I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight'' was the first album by the duo of Richard and Linda Thompson.
Where his first album was treated harshly by the critics, the second was hailed as a masterpiece. Recorded on a shoestring budget in a matter of days (and sat unreleased for nearly 8 months while Island was trying to decide what to do with it), it is now regarded as a classic of English folk-rock and one of Thompson's finest achievements.
In 2003, the album was ranked number 479 on ''Rolling Stone'' magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
The title track has been covered by (among others) Lucy Kaplansky, Weddings Parties Anything, Arlo Guthrie, Matt Pond PA, Ocean Colour Scene, Julie Covington and Sleater-Kinney, whilst Kate Rusby and Elvis Costello have both covered 'Withered and Died'. Costello also covered "The End Of The Rainbow" as did Barbara Manning. Maria McKee covered "Has He Got a Friend for Me" on her first solo album. - Wikipedia