1000 Years of Popular Music

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1000 Years of Popular Music
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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
Richard Thompson chronology
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1000 Years of Popular Music
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Greenman Review (?)[1]
Pitchfork Media (7.1/10)[2]
Uncut Magazine [3]

1000 Years of Popular Music is a 2003 live album by Richard Thompson.

The album was originally conceived after Richard Thompson, along with many other artists, was asked by Playboy magazine to nominate his choice of songs of the last 1000 years. He took them exactly at their word and served up a list that included the oldest-known English-language songs, a medieval Italian dance tune and various other folk songs alongside slightly more contemporary fare. The list was never published by Playboy; it was subsequently released into CD format. The songs comprising the track list 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 with the same name was released in 2006. This was recorded some time later during a different tour, has a slightly different track listing and features Debra Dobkin replacing Michael Jerome on percussion and vocals.

Track listing of original CD version[edit]

  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 C'ha 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" (Henry E. Pether and Frank W. Leigh, arr. by Thompson)
  8. "Trafalgar Square" (C.W. Murphy, arr. by Thompson)
  9. "There Is Beauty in the Bellow" (from The Mikado by 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. "A 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[edit]

(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/Glenn 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)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ reviewer. "Richard Thompson: 1000 Years of Popular Music/Richard Thompson Band: Ducknapped". Greenmanreview.com. Retrieved 2011-09-06. [dead link]
  2. ^ Deusner, Stephen M. (2006-07-17). "Richard Thompson: 1,000 Years of Popular Music | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2011-09-06. 
  3. ^ "Richard Thompson - 1000 Years Of Popular Music - Review". Uncut.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-09-06. 

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