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Richard Thompson - 1000 Years of Popular Music (2 CD & 1 DVD Set) Live
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MP3 Music, June 8, 2011
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And this is cause for celebration, because even though Mr. Thompson humbly asserts that "I am unqualified to sing 98% of the material here," you'd be hard-pressed to find another performer with the talent, intellect, and wit required to present this diverse and eclectic collection of songs in such an enjoyable and entertaining way.
A project like this could have easily descended into a tedious, winking, postmodern concert-length joke, and certainly Thompson and his troupe have a little fun with Gilbert & Sullivan and Britney Spears -- who wouldn't? But what ultimately makes 1,000 Years work so well is the sincerity and respect with which all of this material is treated, from Elizabethan ballads to coal miner songs to Shenandoah to Nat King Cole to Squeeze. The trio even manage to convincingly perform an a capella madrigal!
While about half of this "popular music" is understandably rooted in the 20th century, Thompson also adapts an impressive collection of tunes from the other 900 years of the past millennium (the ones that Playboy apparently wasn't very interested in), aided only by the back-up vocals, percussion, and occasional (and usually unnecessary) keyboards of Debra Dobkin and/or Judith Owen.
This backing duo (not exactly a "band") provides tasteful and unobtrusive accompaniment when needed. The only misfire occurs when Ms.Read more ›
Music is dang old, after all. Greeks and Romans rocked out. Medieval madrigals, armed with lutes and windpipes, pranced through verdant forests. Even Victorians danced. So why relegate hundred of years of great tunes to the sadly cobwebbed "early music" section? You know what they say: old songs never die, they just receive damning new retail categories. In defiance, Thompson dipped into this neglected slush pile of human all too human music and constructed a millenium set list that would make the Long Now Foundation proud.
Flanked by vocalist/keyboardist, and part mime, Judith Owen and percussionist/vocalist Debra Dobkin, the Thompson-led trio jiggle cochleas through musical history. They open with one of humanity's oldest songs: "Sumer Is Icumen In". A celebration of the rebirth of spring, it also includes a middle english word for "fart". Now that's history.Read more ›
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The DVD and CD's were received quickly and in excellent condition as advertised. A wonderful production by an incredible artist and performer with the help of 2 extremely talented... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jim Perkins
This DVD makes me like I was at the show, with a really good seat. The concept of the show and the set list are great, but it is the extra material and between-song talk and... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Rick Pentodes
Who but Richard Thompson would think of doing a thousand-year survey of pop music? Who else could pull it off? A fabulous album from the Zeus of guitar gods.Published on January 6, 2014 by David Burch
I can't think of any other individual who could have pulled off this venture, let alone so respectfully and capably. Read morePublished on October 28, 2013 by Booklover
I got this because I had read an article about how Richard Thompson was one of the great unknown artists out there and I was intrigued by the idea of picking the best Popular Music... Read morePublished on July 4, 2010 by Ace
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