Richard Thompson — 1000 Years of Popular Music: The story goes that Thompson was asked by Playboy magazine to write a piece about his favorite songs of the millenia, for, as you might guess, a turn-of-the-millenium story they were doing. He took it literally, unlike most others who partook in the project who just dug back to the '40s and '50s, and went back to the beginning of the millenium for inspiration. Thompson's work was all for nought, of course, because Playboy chose not to use his piece, but that didn't stop him from putting on a solo performance to feature the songs he chose, which was released on his website for purchase. A few years later, he decided to re-perform the songs with a trio in front of cameras for a DVD release, and this set is the result — a DVD and two CDs of the audio from the show.
I'm a new convert to Richard Thompson's camp, and I'm sure this is just going to overwhelm me, but the idea of someone covering music from, as the title suggests, the past 1000 years, and it's not done in a tongue-in-cheek manner, like "Oh, get a load of this old medieval crap!"? Not to mention a completely serious cover of Britney Spears' "Oops I Did It Again" (about which AllMusicGuide notes he has said, "Taken out of context, this is a pretty nice song." It takes a big man to say that.) Well, I just have to check that out. Come on, aren't you curious, too?