1000 Years of Popular Music

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
As the year 2000 loomed on the horizon, Playboy Magazine took it upon itself to ask a number of leading musicians to name the greatest songs of the soon-to-be-completed millennium. One of the musos queried was Richard Thompson, and while many of his comrades couldn't be bothered to go further back than 1940 in their overview of musical history, the scholarly Thompson took the notion seriously enough to extend his own list of notable songs as far back as 1068 A.D. While Playboy never ended up printing Thompson's list, the notion made enough of an impression on him that he put together a special show in which he guided his audience through his own version of the greatest hits...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
As the year 2000 loomed on the horizon, Playboy Magazine took it upon itself to ask a number of leading musicians to name the greatest songs of the soon-to-be-completed millennium. One of the musos queried was Richard Thompson, and while many of his comrades couldn't be bothered to go further back than 1940 in their overview of musical history, the scholarly Thompson took the notion seriously enough to extend his own list of notable songs as far back as 1068 A.D. While Playboy never ended up printing Thompson's list, the notion made enough of an impression on him that he put together a special show in which he guided his audience through his own version of the greatest hits of the past ten centuries. 1000 Years of Popular Music is culled from recordings of Thompson's concert series of the same name, and beyond the novelty value of the set list from the oldest round in the English language to Britney Spears in a mere 76 minutes!, it also offers a rare look at Thompson the interpretive musician, as well as lends a fascinating perspective on his musical influences. As one might expect, the early innings are dominated by the British folk tradition, with "King Henry V's Conquest of France" and "Blackleg Miner" suggesting where Thompson's melodic sense first took root, and other tunes demonstrating how operetta and the British music halls absorbed and refined similar themes. Thompson also indulges his passion for classic jazz of the 1930s and '40s on some Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong chestnuts, and wraps up by following rock & roll through Jerry Lee Lewis, the Who, and the Beatles to Prince and Britney Spears "Oops! I Did It Again," of which Thompson writes, "Taken out of context, this is a pretty nice song". Considering that precious few of these songs were meant to be performed by a solo acoustic guitar, Thompson's arrangements are inventive and effective; whether he's going for laughs or drama, he gets the most from his material. He's also fortunate to be joined in the proceedings by vocalist Judith Owen and percussionist Michael Jerome. 1000 Years of Popular Music is entertaining, informative, and a lot more enlightening than the average lecture on musical history. Perhaps Thompson should consider writing a text on the subject should his remarkable fingers ever fail him. 1000 Years of Popular Music has been released by Thompson's boutique label Beeswing Records, and can be purchased through his website.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/2006
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • UPC: 711297320053
  • Catalog Number: 320

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sumer Is Icumen In (3:09)
  2. 2 King Henry V's Conquest Of France (4:34)
  3. 3 When I Am Laid In Earth (4:06)
  4. 4 So Ben Mi Ca Bon Tempo (3:05)
  5. 5 Shenandoah (3:44)
  6. 6 Blackleg Miner (3:21)
  7. 7 Waiting At The Church (3:53)
  8. 8 Trafalgar Square (2:58)
  9. 9 There Is Beauty ... (2:39)
  10. 10 Where Have My Loved Ones Gone? (3:25)
  11. 11 Old Rocking Chair's Got Me (3:04)
  12. 12 Orange-Coloured Sky (2:28)
  13. 13 Cry Me A River (4:49)
  14. 14 Drinking Wine Spo-dee-o-dee (2:32)
  15. 15 The Fool (3:19)
  16. 16 A Legal Matter (3:23)
  17. 17 Tempted (4:44)
  18. 18 Kiss (3:54)
  19. 19 Oops! I Did It Again (3:36)
  20. 20 Sam Hall (3:28)
  21. 21 Money (2:50)
  22. 22 It Won't Be Long (2:27)
  23. 23 Marry, Ageyn Hic Hev Donne Yt (0:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richard Thompson Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Michael Jerome Percussion
Judith Owen Vocals
Technical Credits
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Prince Composer
Richard Thompson Arranger, Liner Notes
Pete Townshend Composer
Lee Hazlewood Composer
Benny Andersson Composer
Chris Difford Composer
Edward Haber Engineer, Engineering
Arthur Hamilton Composer
Sticks McGhee Composer
Glenn Tilbrook Composer
J. Mayo Williams Composer
Jim Wilson Mastering
Milton DeLugg Composer
Orazio Vecchi Composer
Ilana Pelzig Cellum Engineer, Engineering
William Stein Composer
Traditional Composer
Rami Yacoub Composer
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