1990 : Hard Cash

Various Artists

01 : Time to Ring Some Changes
Richard Thompson
02 : The Great Provider
Clive Gregson & Christine Collister
03 : A Living Wage
Ron Kavana
04 : Work Life Out to Keep Life In
Martin Carthy
05 : You’re the Pits
Dave Kelly
06 : Odd Job Man
Jo Ann Kelly
07 : Mrs Rita
June Tabor
08 : Hilda’s Cabinet Band
The Watersons
09 : Force on the Workforce
Keith Hancock
10 : The Jute Mill Song
June Tabor
11 : Master and Servant
Dave Kelly & Hilary Fletcher
12 : Oh I Swear
Richard Thompson
13 : The Guernsey Kitchen Porter
Michael Marra
14 : Good With My Hands
Clive Gregson & Christine Collister

First released in the UK 1990 by Special Delivery Records SPD1027 (vinyl), SPDCD1027 (CD) and SPDC1027 (cassette)

CD reissued by Fledg’ling Records 1998 FLED3017

This was intended as the soundtrack album to the David Henshaw-produced BBC documentary series of the same name, directed by Liz Molyneux and dealing with issues around low pay, exploitation in the workplace and unemployment. By the time the album was released in early 1990 the series had already been shelved and it has still yet to be broadcast.

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 IdealSound Recorders (engineer Dave Kenny)
Mastered at CBS by Tim Young
Music co-ordination by Musicare
Project management by Sian Wynne

Original sleeve photography by Andrew Clean
Original design by Tony Eagle

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)

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


One Response to 1990 : Hard Cash

  1. […] Band is credited here to Norma but is in fact the Watersons recording that first appeared on the Hard Cash compilation CD in 1990. The track was written by Lal Waterson and is her ‘tribute’ to […]

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