Billy Bragg, Vol. 2

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The first four years of Billy Bragg's recording career (1982 to 1986) were a blur of record releases that established the froggy-voiced "Bard from Barking" as perhaps the most powerful and engaging political songwriter to emerge since the "folk scare" of the 1960s. From 1988 on, however, Bragg had the difficult task of living up to his own legacy, and that proved to be no small task; as he stylistically outgrew the rough electric guitar and vocal textures of Brewing Up with Billy Bragg and Life's a Riot with Spy vs. Spy, Bragg didn't display the same immediate skill at "proper" record-making and took his time growing comfortable with the craft of the studio, and while he ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The first four years of Billy Bragg's recording career (1982 to 1986) were a blur of record releases that established the froggy-voiced "Bard from Barking" as perhaps the most powerful and engaging political songwriter to emerge since the "folk scare" of the 1960s. From 1988 on, however, Bragg had the difficult task of living up to his own legacy, and that proved to be no small task; as he stylistically outgrew the rough electric guitar and vocal textures of Brewing Up with Billy Bragg and Life's a Riot with Spy vs. Spy, Bragg didn't display the same immediate skill at "proper" record-making and took his time growing comfortable with the craft of the studio, and while he never ran out of things to write and sing about, as the 1980s faded into the 1990s his songs lost a certain amount of the sharp wit and keen focus that was second nature on his early records. (It also became clear the material was coming a lot more slowly, to boot.) This period of Bragg's career is documented on Volume 2, the second box set compiled from Bragg's back catalog, featuring expanded versions of four albums: 1988's Workers Playtime, 1991's Don't Try This at Home, 1996's William Bloke, and 2002's England, Half English. While none of these albums can be called bad, very little of what's featured on this set matches the consistent quality of the records compiled on the similar Volume 1 box, and even the best of the records featured here (Don't Try This at Home) falls slightly short of the wit and fire of Bragg's salad days. That said, while one has to pick and choose to find the pearls on Volume 2, they are certainly there, and Bragg has been generous with the bonus material on this set. Each album is accompanied by a bonus disc of demos, outtakes, single sides, and the like, and each is full of pleasant surprises for the completist (though they never quite equal the quality of the original albums) and offer an interesting look at how these albums came together. Volume 2 also comes with a book featuring song lyrics, credits, and an essay from Bragg's longtime manager, Peter Jenner, as well as a DVD that includes a show by Bragg and his band the Red Stars taped for the BBC at London's Town and Country Club in late 1991, as well as highlights from a spring 2006 gig in Bragg's hometown of Barking, Essex, with Bragg joined by former Faces keyboard man Ian McLagan. Each of the expanded albums included in Volume 2 has also been released individually, and some fans may prefer to pick and choose rather than buy the entire set, but as a whole, Volume 2 documents Billy Bragg as he struggles to balance musical and emotional maturity with the passion of his political ideals; the results may not be as engaging as Volume 1, but there's still a fascinating story to be found in this collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/2006
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • UPC: 634457260528
  • Catalog Number: 2605

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 She's Got a New Spell (3:25)
  2. 2 Must I Paint You a Picture? (5:32)
  3. 3 Tender Comrade (2:50)
  4. 4 The Price I Pay (3:34)
  5. 5 Little Time Bomb (2:17)
  6. 6 Rotting on Remand (3:39)
  7. 7 Valentine's Day Is Over (4:53)
  8. 8 Life with the Lions (3:06)
  9. 9 The Only One (3:26)
  10. 10 The Short Answer (4:59)
  11. 11 Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards (4:36)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Only One (3:36)
  2. 2 The Price I Pay (4:01)
  3. 3 Love Has No Pride (3:35)
  4. 4 That's Entertainment (3:53)
  5. 5 She's Got a New Spell (2:44)
  6. 6 The Short Answer (5:21)
  7. 7 Little Time Bomb (2:21)
  8. 8 Bad Penny (3:05)
  9. 9 Reason to Believe (2:12)
  10. 10 Must I Paint You a Picture? (7:13)
  11. 11 Raglan Road (3:46)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Accident Waiting to Happen (4:00)
  2. 2 Moving the Goalposts (2:34)
  3. 3 Everywhere (5:00)
  4. 4 Cindy of a Thousand Lives (4:14)
  5. 5 You Woke Up My Neighbourhood (3:11)
  6. 6 Trust (4:13)
  7. 7 God's Footballer (3:04)
  8. 8 The Few (3:27)
  9. 9 Sexuality (3:48)
  10. 10 Mother of the Bride (3:35)
  11. 11 Tank Park Salute (3:30)
  12. 12 Dolphins (4:20)
  13. 13 North Sea Bubble (3:19)
  14. 14 Rumours of War (2:50)
  15. 15 Wish You Were Her (2:46)
  16. 16 Body of Water (3:57)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Party of God (4:15)
  2. 2 North Sea Bubble (3:29)
  3. 3 Sexuality (3:53)
  4. 4 Just One Victory (5:30)
  5. 5 Everywhere (4:42)
  6. 6 Trust (5:42)
  7. 7 Bread & Circuses (4:28)
  8. 8 Cindy of a Thousand Lives (3:38)
  9. 9 The Few (3:50)
  10. 10 Revolution (1:50)
  11. 11 Tighten Up Your Wig - The Athenians (3:17)
  12. 12 MBH (2:07)
  13. 13 The Gulf Between Us (2:46)
  14. 14 Piccadilly Rambler (1:49)
Disc 5
  1. 1 From Red to Blue (3:20)
  2. 2 Upfield (4:06)
  3. 3 Everybody Loves You Babe (3:09)
  4. 4 Sugardaddy (4:37)
  5. 5 A Pict Song (4:55)
  6. 6 Brickbat (3:14)
  7. 7 The Space Race Is Over (4:26)
  8. 8 Northern Industrial Town (2:58)
  9. 9 The Fourteenth of February (3:26)
  10. 10 King James Version (3:21)
  11. 11 Goalhanger (3:46)
Disc 6
  1. 1 As Long as You Hold Me (3:25)
  2. 2 Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet? (1:42)
  3. 3 Sugar Daddy (4:07)
  4. 4 The Space Race Is Over (5:09)
  5. 5 Goalhanger (2:42)
  6. 6 Upfield (5:03)
  7. 7 The Fourteenth of February (3:25)
  8. 8 Qualifications (1:48)
  9. 9 Never Had No One Ever (3:40)
  10. 10 Thatcherites (4:13)
  11. 11 All Fall Down (3:34)
Disc 7
  1. 1 St. Monday - Billy Bragg & the Blokes (3:03)
  2. 2 Jane Allen - Billy Bragg & the Blokes (3:58)
  3. 3 Distant Shore - Billy Bragg & the Blokes (2:30)
  4. 4 England, Half English - Billy Bragg & the Blokes (2:28)
  5. 5 Npwa - Billy Bragg & the Blokes (5:31)
  6. 6 Some Days I See the Point - Billy Bragg & the Blokes (4:59)
  7. 7 Baby Faroukh - Billy Bragg & the Blokes (3:05)
  8. 8 Take Down the Union Jack - Billy Bragg & the Blokes (3:19)
  9. 9 Another Kind of Judy - Billy Bragg & the Blokes (3:44)
  10. 10 He'll Go Down - Billy Bragg & the Blokes (3:21)
  11. 11 Dreadbelly - Billy Bragg & the Blokes (3:32)
  12. 12 Tears of My Tracks - Billy Bragg & the Blokes (3:53)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Billericay Dickie - Billy Bragg & the Blokes (4:45)
  2. 2 Mansion on the Hill - Billy Bragg & the Blokes (4:20)
  3. 3 Glad and Sorry - Billy Bragg & the Blokes (4:08)
  4. 4 He'll Go Down - Billy Bragg & the Blokes (3:30)
  5. 5 Yarra Song - Billy Bragg & the Blokes (3:32)
  6. 6 You Pulled the Carpet Out - Billy Bragg & the Blokes (2:38)
  7. 7 Mystery Shoes - Billy Bragg & the Blokes (3:08)
  8. 8 Tears of My Tracks - Billy Bragg & the Blokes (3:19)
  9. 9 Take Down the Union Jack - Billy Bragg & the Blokes (3:22)
  10. 10 England, Half English - Billy Bragg & the Blokes (3:55)
  11. 11 1 2 3 4 - Billy Bragg & the Blokes (2:04)
  12. 12 Dry Bed - Billy Bragg & the Blokes (3:18)
  13. 13 Danny Rose - Billy Bragg & the Blokes (2:27)
  14. 14 She Smiled Sweetly - Billy Bragg & the Blokes (2:50)
Disc 9
  1. 1 You Woke Up My Neighbourhood
  2. 2 The Saturday Boy
  3. 3 The Marching Song of the Covert Battalions
  4. 4 The World Turned Upside Down
  5. 5 Dolphins
  6. 6 Valentine's Day Is Over
  7. 7 North Sea Bubble
  8. 8 Body of Water
  9. 9 Levi Stubbs' Tears
  10. 10 A Lover Sings
  11. 11 She's Got a New Spell
  12. 12 Cindy of a Thousand Lives
  13. 13 Accident Waiting to Happen
  14. 14 Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards
  15. 15 Tender Comrade
  16. 16 Tank Park Salute
  17. 17 The Warmest Room
  18. 18 Sexuality
  19. 19 A Lover Sings
  20. 20 The Price I Pay
  21. 21 Debris
  22. 22 Tank Park Salute
  23. 23 All You Facists
  24. 24 Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards
  25. 25 A A13, Trunk Road to the Sea
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Bragg Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Keyboards, Vocals
Kirsty MacColl Musician
Michelle Shocked Musician
Ian McLagan Track Performer
Andy Roberts Mandolin, Percussion
Martyn Barker Track Performer
Martin Belmont Guitar
Lorraine Bowen Clarinet
Peter Buck Guitar
Andy Carlson Musician
B.J. Cole Musician
Terry Disley Musician
Alan Dunn Accordion
Terry Edwards Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
James Eller Musician
J.F.T. Hood Drums, Background Vocals
Barb Jungr Musician
Jody Linscott Musician
Bob Loveday Violin
Lu Edmonds Track Performer
Elliet Mackrell Violin
Ben Mandelson Track Performer
Tony Maronie Musician
Chucho Merchán Musician
Natalie Merchant Vocals
Julia Palmer Cello
John Porter Electric Guitar
Mary Ramsey Musician
Victoria Taylor Roberts Musician
Kate St. John Saxophone
Michael Stipe Musician
Andy Szabo Musician
Bruce Thomas Bass
Cara Tivey Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Victor Van Vugt Background Vocals
Amanda Vincent Musician
Mickey Waller Drums
Dave Woodhead Trumpet
David Narcizo Drums
Danny Thompson Double Bass
Eliza Carthy Violin, Vocals
Rob Allum Drums
Jayne Creamer Musician
Nigel Frydman Bass
Kaya Jenner Musician
Theresa Pamplin Musician
Donna Welchman Musician
Camilla Brunt Musician
Chris Morgan Musician
Mark Stepp Timbales
Rory Campbell Bodhran
Ashley Dreese Mandolin
Caroline Hall Trombone
Fionn Ó Lochlainn Musician
Anthea Clarke Musician
Kenny Jones Musician
Diedre Cooper Musician
Gary E. Smith Bass, Percussion, Glockenspiel
DJ Woody Dee Finger Snapping
Simon Edwards Track Performer
Dave Johnson Musician
Phill Jupitus Musician
Rebecca Naadu Laryea Musician
Steven Lewis Musician
Love Ayikal Tagoe Musician
Technical Credits
Woody Guthrie Composer
Tim Hardin Composer
Fred Neil Composer
Billy Bragg Arranger, Composer
Mick Jagger Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Todd Rundgren Composer
Bruce Springsteen Composer
Bobby Troup Composer
Ian Dury Composer
Alan Hull Composer
Eric Kaz Composer
Ian McLagan Composer
Andy Roberts Producer
Libby Titus Composer
Greg Trooper Composer
Leon Rosselson Composer
Martyn Barker Composer
Joe Boyd Producer
Peter Buck Composer
Sid Griffin Composer
Martin Hayles Engineer
J.F.T. Hood Programming
Peter Jenner Liner Notes
John Keane Engineer
Ronnie Lane Composer
Lu Edmonds Composer
Ben Mandelson Composer
Johnny Marr Composer, Producer
Natalie Merchant Composer
Owen Morris Engineer
Morrissey Composer
Paul Weller Composer
Andy Peake Engineer
Keith Richards Composer
Grant Showbiz Engineer
Victor Van Vugt Engineer
Lal Waterson Composer
Mike Waterson Composer
Wiggy Composer
Jeff Kleinsmith Cover Design
Rudyard Kipling Composer
Jeremy Gill Digital Editing
Traditional Composer
Billy Bragg & the Blokes Composer
Michael Boddy Programming, Engineer
Stephen Nugent Composer
Gary E. Smith Producer, Engineer
Neil Kinnock Author
Patrick Kavanagh Composer
Lobsterboys Remixing
Nick & Marc Cover Design
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