A Century of Song

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A Century of Song
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Box set by La Musique Populaire
ReleasedOctober 23, 2004 (2004-10-23)
GenreRock, chamber pop
ProducerLa Musique Populaire
La Musique Populaire chronology
Love Conquers Alda
A Century of Song
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

A Century of Song is a 6-CD box set by La Musique Populaire.

As the title suggests, A Century of Song is a chronological overview of songs from the 20th century. Recorded between 1999 and 2001, the songs were originally available for download from their website. Eschewing the canonical choices many would expect, no Lennon/McCartney compositions for example, the box covers a multitude of styles including plunderphonics, drone rock and happy hardcore.

The songs were eventually collected in a box set in 2004 over 5 discs, with a sixth disc of outtakes and alternate versions. It was released in a limited edition of 100, with extensive liner notes and a certificate of authenticity signed by LMP band members Ryan Bassler and Eric Haugen.

Reviews were generally positive, but some expressed bafflement at the selection of songs and the disparate styles used.

Track listing[edit]

Source: Polyholiday official site[2]

Disc One 1900-1922[edit]

No.TitleOriginal Artist and Year PublishedLength
1."A Bird in a Gilded Cage"Arthur J. Lamb and Harry Von Tilzer (1900)2:20
2."She's Getting Mo' Like the White Folks Every Day"Bert Williams (1901)3:13
3."Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?"Hughie Cannon (1902)6:42
4."Sweet Adeline"Richard H. Gerard, Harry Armstrong (1903)3:38
5."Humming Chorus from 'Madama Butterfly'"Giacomo Puccini (1904)3:05
6."My Gal Sal"Paul Dresser (1905)2:28
7."You're a Grand Old Flag"George M.Cohan (1906)2:46
8."ZIZ"Unknown (1907)2:50
9."Shine On Harvest Moon"Nora Bayes, Jack Norworth (1908)2:52
10."By the Light of the Silvery Moon"Gus Edwards, Edward Madden (1909)2:24
11."Come Josephine in My Flying Machine"Fred Fisher, Alfred Bryan (1910)3:07
12."Alexander's Ragtime Band"Irving Berlin (1911)2:51
13."Get On the Raft With Taft"Abe Holzmann (1912)1:14
14."He'd Have to Get Under – Get Out and Get Under (to Fix Up His Automobile)"Adele Ritchie (1913)2:50
15."St. Louis Blues"W. C. Handy (1914)4:19
16."Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile"George Henry Powell (1915)2:00
17."Where Did Robinson Crusoe Go With Friday on Saturday Night?"Sigmund Romberg, James Hanley, Harold R. Atteridge (1916)5:35
18."Tiger Rag"Original Dixieland Jass Band (1917)1:44
19."K-K-K-Katy"Geoffrey O'Hara (1918)4:29
20."Alice Blue Gown"Harry Tierney, Joseph McCarthy (1919)2:32
21."Look for the Silver Lining"Jerome Kern, B.G. DeSylva (1920)3:38
22."Kitten on the Keys"Zez Confrey (1921)1:54
23."I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate"Clarence Williams and Armand Piron (1922)2:16

Disc Two 1923-1939[edit]

No.TitleOriginal Artist and Year PublishedLength
1."Charleston"Cecil Mack, James P. Johnson (1923)4:11
2."Fascinating Rhythm"George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin (1924)5:01
3."Sweet Georgia Brown"Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard, Kenneth Casey (1925)7:21
4."Baby Face"Harry Akst, Benny Davis (1926)3:37
5."Ain't She Sweet?"Ben Bernie (1927)3:07
6."I'd Rather Be Dead and Buried in My Grave"Bessie Smith (1928)3:47
7."Tiptoe Through the Tulips"Al Dubin, Joe Burke (1929)3:45
8."Exactly Like You"Harry Richman, Gertrude Lawrence (1930)4:33
9."I Found a Million Dollar Baby"Fanny Brice (1931)10:53
10."Isn't it Romantic?"Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers (1932)4:19
11."Carioca"Vincent Youmans, Edward Eliscu, Gus Kahn (1933)3:20
12."Anything Goes"Cole Porter (1934)3:40
13."Sunday Afternoon Music"Aaron Copland (1935)2:00
14."At the Codfish Ball"Shirley Temple (1936)5:01
15."Let's Call the Whole Thing Off"George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin (1937)3:26
16."Back in the Saddle Again"Gene Autry (1938)2:23
17."We'll Meet Again"Vera Lynn (1939)4:01

Disc Three 1940-1959[edit]

No.TitleOriginal Artist and Year PublishedLength
1."You Are My Sunshine"Jimmie Davis (1940)3:12
2."Chattanooga Choo-Choo"Glenn Miller and His Orchestra (1941)3:46
3."Don't Get Around Much Anymore"Duke Ellington (1942)3:13
4."Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year"Frank Loesser (1943)7:22
5."Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"Judy Garland (1944)4:47
6."You'll Never Walk Alone"Rodgers and Hammerstein (1945)1:51
7."La Vie En Rose"Édith Piaf (1946)2:57
8."Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)"Tex Williams (1947)3:29
9."Boogie Chillen"John Lee Hooker (1948)2:18
10."Music! Music! Music!"Teresa Brewer (1949)3:14
11."C. Howard's Gum Has the Power of Taste"Advertising jingle (1950)0:20
12."Unforgettable"Nat King Cole (1951)3:31
13."The Family Who Prays"The Louvin Brothers (1952)3:24
14."Siamese Cat Song"Oliver Wallace (1953)3:42
15."Mr. Sandman"The Chordettes (1954)2:20
16."Singin' the Blues"B.B. King (1955)2:56
17."I Could Have Danced All Night"Julie Andrews (1956)3:14
18."Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On"Big Maybelle (1957)4:04
19."Yakety Yak"The Coasters (1958)2:26
20."So What"Miles Davis (1959)3:09

Disc Four 1960-1981[edit]

No.TitleOriginal Artist and Year PublishedLength
1."Will You Love Me Tomorrow?"The Shirelles (1960)3:55
2."Hello Mary Lou"Ricky Nelson (1961)3:00
3."Cranberry Bog"Traditional (1962)1:49
4."Dead Presidents"Willie Dixon (1963)3:33
5."Downtown"Petula Clark (1964)3:18
6."Do the Freddie"Freddie and the Dreamers (1965)2:17
7."Here Comes My Baby"Cat Stevens (1966)2:49
8."She May Call You Up Tonight"The Left Banke (1967)2:10
9."Everyday People"Sly and the Family Stone (1968)2:24
10."Hits of '69"Various (1969)9:32
11."Are You Ready?"Pacific Gas & Electric (1970)4:33
12."Maria Bethânia"Maria Bethânia (1971)7:30
13."Theme From Deep Throat"Gerard Damiano (1972)3:08
14."Touch Me in the Morning"Diana Ross (1973)4:24
15."Good Times"Jim Gilstrap and Blinky Williams (1974)2:20
16."'39"Queen (1975)4:05
17."Gonna Fly Now"Bill Conti (1976)2:47
18."Sound and Vision"David Bowie (1977)4:24
19."Hybrid Moments"The Misfits (1978)2:12
20."You Can't Change That"Raydio (1979)2:58
21."Xanadu"Olivia Newton-John, Electric Light Orchestra (1980)3:30
22."Feelin' Good"Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse (1981)2:51

Disc Five 1981-2000[edit]

No.TitleOriginal Artist and Year PublishedLength
1."Nobody"Toni Basil (1982)4:38
2."Faithfully"Journey (1983)2:57
3."I Want to Know What Love Is"Foreigner (1984)5:33
4."We Built This City"Starship (1985)3:27
5."If You Leave"Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (1986)2:18
6."Pop Goes the World"Men Without Hats (1987)2:28
7."Children's Story"Slick Rick (1988)3:58
8."Happy Birthday"Concrete Blonde (1989)2:05
9."Sadeness Part I"Enigma (1990)4:39
10."Nothing Else Matters"Metallica (1991)6:42
11."Love U More"Sunscreem (1992)3:50
12."Lucas with the Lid Off"Lucas (1993)4:33
13."La Chica del Apartamento 512"Selena (1994)2:51
14."Only Happy When it Rains"Garbage (1995)3:21
15."If It Makes You Happy"Sheryl Crow (1996)4:58
16."Chan Chan"Buena Vista Social Club (1997)4:22
17."Aquarius"Boards of Canada (1998)5:07
18."Unpretty"TLC (1999)4:56
19."A Century of Song"Original (2000)3:23
20."Does Anyone Remember a Century of Song?"Original (2001)2:28

Disc Six 'holus-bolus'[edit]

1."Back to A Century of Song" (2002 song)1:38
2."Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?" (scratchbox demo edit)2:17
3."Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?" (edit)3:35
4."Sweet Adeline" (alternate vocal edit)1:23
5."You're a Grand Old Flag" (outtake version edit)1:32
6."ZIZ" (first section uncut)1:47
7."ZIZ" (second section uncut)1:32
8."Charleston" (scratchbox demo edit)2:29
9."Sweet Georgia Brown" (edit)3:47
10."Sweet Georgia Brown" (bonus beats)1:22
11."Ain't She Sweet" (edit)2:35
12."I'd Rather Be Dead and Buried in My Grave" (alternate vocal)4:21
13."Tiptoe Through the Tulips" (scratchbox demo)0:53
14."Anything Goes" (part 2)0:42
15."Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" (first vocal take)0:35
16."Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (outtake version)2:51
17."Music! Music! Music!" (jackass track edit)1:20
18."Twisted" (1950 outtake edit)0:46
19."The Family Who Prays" (scratch vocal take)2:07
20."Mr. Sandman" (vocal version)2:26
21."Hello Mary Lou" (duh hey mix)0:53
22."Theme From Deep Throat" (jackass track edit)0:43
23."Good Times" (original mix)3:19
24."The Rose" (1979 outtake)3:22
25."Xanadu" (vocal session montage)2:50
27."Nobody" (original mix edit)0:45
28."We Built This City" (intro vocals)0:18
29."We Built This City" (full version)4:01
30."We Built This City" (farm report)0:19
31."I Remember You" (1989 outtake)5:13
32."Unpretty" (edit)3:49
33."A Century of Song" (demo edit)1:11
34."Does Anyone Remember A Century of Song?" (scratchbox demo)2:38
35."Century Megamix"7:55


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Track Listing at Polyholiday". Retrieved 3 March 2011.