While down in Chelsea looking for Oscar Wilde's former home I went down to the Embankment to look at the River Thames. As I'm a nosy nerd who carries lists of things to tick off I saw a blob in my notebook which noted an album cover had been shot there. I'd only walked across the road and found myself fairly much at the spot where the photographer must have stood to take the album cover for Richard Thompson's Hand Of Kindness album.
Richard's a British singer and songwriter but doesn’t operate in the mainstreams of music. He made his début as a recording artist as a member of Fairport Convention in September 1967, is still creative today and performs live at venues across the world. He’s a bit of a Nick Drake but not as well known; he’s one of those musicians the masses will come to appreciate twenty years after his death. His longevity at songwriting has earned him an Ivor Novello Award, a lifetime achievement award from BBC Radio and an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) from the Queen.
Hand of Kindness was his second solo studio album by Richard Thompson and it was released in 1983. As I was in Chelsea I just had to take a photo or two.
The photo was taken across the road from Keith Richard's former home on Cheyne Walk...