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1000 Years Of Popular Music

27 Jun 2006 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 27 Jun 2006
  • Label: Beeswing Records
  • Copyright: 2003 Beeswing Records
  • Total Length: 1:15:57
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  • ASIN: B004N4YW94
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,723 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Joe LaCasce on 25 Mar 2006
Format: Audio CD
Richard Thompson, the acclaimed guitarist and songwriter, embarked on this project in response to an invitation from Playboy to list the best songs of the last 1000 years. He thought they probably meant the last 20 years, but took them at their word and went back 1000 years. They declined to print his list, but he fortunately decided to play the results in concert.
For me, this is unquestionably the best album of 2005 (or 2004?). That may be a bit hard to imagine, given that the first tune was written in the 13th century. But it's simply astounding, and endlessly enjoyable. You might imagine that Thompson's cover of the Who's "Legal Matter" or of Sticks McGhee's "Drinking Wine Spoo-dee-o-dee" would be foot-stomping rockers, but what about "So Ben Mi Ca Bon Tempo", written by an Italian cathedral composer in the 16th century? You find yourself singing along, without having a clue of what the words are. Then there are the lovely moments, like "Shenandoah" and "Why have My Loved Ones Gone". Thompson has a very quirky sense of humor in addition, resulting in covers of Prince's "Kiss" and Britney Spears "Oops, I did it again".
For those who don't know him, Thompson is one of the most agile guitarists playing these days. The first time I saw him, I was convinced there had to be a second guitarist standing backstage, accompanying him. When he covers Squeeze's "Tempted" or Abba's "Money", you hardly notice that it's just him. Well, not exactly. Michael Jerome adds some very tactful percussion here and Judith Owen achingly lovely vocals (e.g. "When I am Laid in Earth", a gorgeous melody written by Henry Purcell). This little group can evidently handle anything. As Thompson says, after a seemingly effortless send-off of the Gilbert and Sullivan duet "There is beauty", there's "No fear here".
A highly recommended recording.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Glazier on 19 April 2013
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Wonderful album which is an interesting insight into Richard Thompsons influences. Some stunning medieval interpretations and also quite a few contemporary surprises.
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An extraordinary set of recordings- but not for the first-time Richard Thompson listener, although the half-dozen modern covers towards the end of the album (ranging from Jerry Lee Lewis to Brittney) are worth the price of the album.
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