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Beat the Retrat
This song was recorded by Richard Thompson for his albums Pour Down Like Silver (1975, with Linda Thompson) and Small Town Romance (1984, solo, live in New York). A re-mix of the original recording was included in his anthology Watching the Dark (1993).
June Tabor recorded Beat the Retreat accompanied by Martin Carthy, acoustic guitar, James Burton, electric guitar, David Lindley, electric slide guitar, Danny Thompson, double bass and D.J. Bonebrake, drums, as title track of the Richard Thompson tribute album, Beat the Retreat. This track was also included in the June Tabor anthology Always.
Please find the lyrics for this song at Richard Thompson's website.