Linda Peters and Richard Thompson ( see Fairport Convention and R.T. solo ) married in 1972. Richard's first solo album “Henry the Human Fly” , also recorded in 1972, sold poorly. The next album: “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight” (1974) was credited to "Linda and Richard Thompson". Linda sang on Fairport's album “Rosie” (1973) but was not credited. Two albums followed in 1975: “Hokey Pokey” and “Pour Down Like Silver”. Richard had started to take an interest in Sufism, a mystical form of Islam, in 1973. The album cover of “Pour Down Like Silver” showed him wearing a white turban. After a tour Richard announced that he would never play again, but returned after three years.
Their come-back album was called “First Light” (1978). Richard's writing has a strong thread of disdain for fame, wealth and worldly values and attacks political hypocrisy, often in wildly abstract metaphors. On tours and on the albums, however, Linda was given the slowest, and most melancholy songs to sing.
”Sunnyvista” followed in 1979, and “Shoot Out The Lights” in 1982.
In 1980 after "Sunnyvista" they were ready to record a popular album with Gery Rafferty and Hugh Murphy as producers. The album was recorded but never released. Three of these recording were released on Thompson's anthology "Watching the Dark".
"Shoot Out The Lights" was surprisingly successful in America and the Thompsons, despite the fractured state of their relationship, were offered a long and lucrative tour of the USA. Simon Nicol described the final tour, in the summer of 1982, as "like walking on a tightrope", and that as a result the first thing he did on stage was "look for the exit". The couple were barely speaking to each other.
Despite the emotional problems, however, the music they shared was reputedly astonishing and hearing this their record company arranged a mobile recording studio to record dates for a live album. The recording could not be arranged before the last date of the tour. year.
source: Wikipedia, Richard Thompson boxset etc.