Look for two of the "Missing Four" Richard Thompson titles, SUNNYVISTA and FIRST LIGHT, to be reissued soon in two-disc Deluxe Editions containing previously unknown songs, alternate takes with Richard and Linda swapping lead vocals, acoustic and electric versions, BBC sessions, as well an entire concert from the era. 180-gram vinyl editions are rumored as well. This will happen because today I dropped ~$60 on the long OOP, no-frills Hannibal/Rykodisc editions of these two albums. I despaired of ever finding them at reasonable prices, sighed, and clicked the button to buy the items in my cart. Due to yet unexplained but indisputable laws of physics, an announcement from Richard Thompson's website touting the release of the aforementioned Deluxe Editions is imminent. The previously lost tapes will have been found, an audiophile-quality label will have been contracted, and Steve's phone may ring. I know this will happen because I once blew an entire paycheck on pricey Japanese imports of the various Miles Davis live albums from the seventies. ICE announced the pending release of Sony's expanded, remixed and remastered versions of the same albums before I had digested my dearly priced and now instantly obsolete imports. Rubbing salt in the wound, the new ones landed up at the record clubs for a pittance after I had traded in my depreciated discs to fund the purchase of the new versions. While some might have shrugged their shoulders at this "coincidence" and wrote it off as "impatience" or "just bad luck," it was then I realized I had a Special Gift. Simply put, if Ron Stone spends stupid money on music, the very same music will be released for a lot less coin in expanded and improved form within the year. With my actions today, I ensure that current and future fans of Richard Thompson will not have to troll eBay and Amazon in search of these neglected titles and pay child hostage premiums to acquire them. With a single mouse click, I was able to set in motion the steps necessary to fill in two gaps in this historically important catalog. Some of you may call me "selfless," or even use words like "hero." While I won't deny it, I'd prefer to say that I'm just a guy seeing what needs to be done and doing it. You're welcome.