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1000 Years of Popular Music
Live album by Richard Thompson
Released July 2003
Recorded July 2002 at Joe's Pub, New York
Genre Rock
Length 76:06
Label Beeswing
Producer Simon Tassano
Professional reviews
  • Greenman Review [1]
  • Uncut Magazine [2]
Richard Thompson chronology
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1000 Years of Popular Music

1000 Years of Popular Music is a live album by Richard Thompson.

The album was originally conceived after Thompson was ignored by Playboy magazine; initially meant simply as a list to be printed by the magazine, it was subsequently published into cd format. The songs comprising the tracklist cover a roughly thousand year period, 1068-2001, starting with "Sumer Is Icumen In"; The most recent song included on the album is Britney Spears' hit "Oops!… I Did It Again".

The songs, arranged for play on a single guitar, are played by Thompson, vocalist Judith Owen, and percussionist Michael Jerome, when needed.

A DVD of a later show was released in 2006. This has a slightly different track listing and featured Debra Dobkin replacing Michael Jerome on percussion and vocals.

Track listing of original CD version

  1. "Sumer Is Icumen In" (trad., arr. by Thompson)
  2. "King Henry V's Conquest of France" (trad., arr. by Thompson)
  3. "When I Am Laid In Earth" (Henry Purcell, arr. by Thompson)
  4. "So Ben Mi Ca Bon Tempo" (Orazio Vecchi, arr. by Thompson)
  5. "Shenandoah" (trad., arr. by Thompson)
  6. "Blackleg Miner" (trad., arr. by Thompson)
  7. "Waiting at the Church" (trad., arr. by Thompson)
  8. "Trafalgar Square" (trad., arr. by Thompson)
  9. "There Is Beauty" (Gilbert and Sullivan, arr. by Thompson)
  10. "Why Have My Loved Ones Gone?" (Stephen Foster, arr. by Thompson)
  11. "Old Rocking Chair's Got Me" (Hoagy Carmichael)
  12. "Orange-Coloured Sky" (Milton DeLugg/William Stein)
  13. "Cry Me a River" (Arthur Hamilton)
  14. "Drinking Wine Spo-dee-o-dee" (Stick McGhee/J. Mayo Williams)
  15. "The Fool" (Lee Hazlewood)
  16. "Legal Matter" (Pete Townshend)
  17. "Tempted" (Glenn Tilbrook/Chris Difford)
  18. "Kiss" (Prince)
  19. "Oops!… I Did It Again" (Max Martin/Rami Yacoub)
  20. "Sam Hall" (unknown, arr. by Thompson)
  21. "Money, Money, Money" (Benny Andersson/Björn Ulvaeus)
  22. "It Won't Be Long" (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
  23. "Marry, Ageyn Hic Hev Donne Yt" (trad., arr. by Thompson) - introduced as a "medieval tune from Brittany", but actually a medieval-style version of Britney Spears' "Oops!… I Did It Again"

Track listing of 2CD/DVD version

(recorded at a different show)

  1. "Sumer Is Icumen In" (trad., arr. by Thompson)
  2. "King Henry" (trad., arr. by Thompson)
  3. "So Ben Mi Ca Bon Tempo" (Orazio Vecchi, arr. by Thompson)
  4. "Bonnie St. Johnstone" (trad., arr. by Thompson)
  5. "O Sleep Fond Fancy" (Thomas Morley)
  6. "Remember O Thou Man" (Thomas Ravenscroft)
  7. "Shenandoah" (trad., arr. by Thompson)
  8. "Blackleg Miner" (trad., arr. by Thompson)
  9. "I Live in Trafalgar Square" (C.W. Murphy)
  10. "There Is Beauty in the Bellow of the Blast" (from The Mikado) (W.S. Gilbert/Arthur Sullivan, arr. by Thompson)
  11. "Java Jive" (Ben Oakland/Milton Drake)
  12. "Night and Day" (Cole Porter)
  13. "Orange-Coloured Sky" (Milton DeLugg/William Stein)
  14. "Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" (Granville "Stick" McGhee/J. Mayo Williams)
  15. "A-11" (Hank Cochran)
  16. "See My Friends" (Ray Davies)
  17. "Friday on My Mind" (George Young/Harry Vanda)
  18. "Tempted" (Chris Difford/Glen Tilbrook)
  19. "Oops!… I Did It Again" (Max Martin/Rami Yacoub)
  20. "Cry Me A River" (Arthur Hamilton)
  21. "1985" (Jaret Reddick/John Allen/Mitchell Scherr)
  22. "Sam Hall" (trad., arr. by Thompson)


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