Billy Bragg, Vol. 2

Billy Bragg, Vol. 2

by Billy Bragg
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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:
0634457260528
catalogNumber:
2605

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. She's Got a New Spell
  2. Must I Paint You a Picture?
  3. Tender Comrade
  4. The Price I Pay
  5. Little Time Bomb
  6. Rotting on Remand
  7. Valentine's Day Is Over
  8. Life with the Lions
  9. The Only One
  10. The Short Answer
  11. Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards

Disc 2

  1. The Only One
  2. The Price I Pay
  3. Love Has No Pride
  4. That's Entertainment
  5. She's Got a New Spell
  6. The Short Answer
  7. Little Time Bomb
  8. Bad Penny
  9. Reason to Believe
  10. Must I Paint You a Picture?
  11. Raglan Road

Disc 3

  1. Accident Waiting to Happen
  2. Moving the Goalposts
  3. Everywhere
  4. Cindy of a Thousand Lives
  5. You Woke Up My Neighbourhood
  6. Trust
  7. God's Footballer
  8. The Few
  9. Sexuality
  10. Mother of the Bride
  11. Tank Park Salute
  12. Dolphins
  13. North Sea Bubble
  14. Rumours of War
  15. Wish You Were Her
  16. Body of Water

Disc 4

  1. Party of God
  2. North Sea Bubble
  3. Sexuality
  4. Just One Victory
  5. Everywhere
  6. Trust
  7. Bread & Circuses
  8. Cindy of a Thousand Lives
  9. The Few
  10. Revolution
  11. Tighten Up Your Wig  -  Athenians
  12. MBH
  13. The Gulf Between Us
  14. Piccadilly Rambler

Disc 5

  1. From Red to Blue
  2. Upfield
  3. Everybody Loves You Babe
  4. Sugardaddy
  5. A Pict Song
  6. Brickbat
  7. The Space Race Is Over
  8. Northern Industrial Town
  9. The Fourteenth of February
  10. King James Version
  11. Goalhanger

Disc 6

  1. As Long as You Hold Me
  2. Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet?
  3. Sugar Daddy
  4. The Space Race Is Over
  5. Goalhanger
  6. Upfield
  7. The Fourteenth of February
  8. Qualifications
  9. Never Had No One Ever
  10. Thatcherites
  11. All Fall Down

Disc 7

  1. St. Monday  -  Billy Bragg & the Blokes
  2. Jane Allen  -  Billy Bragg & the Blokes
  3. Distant Shore  -  Billy Bragg & the Blokes
  4. England, Half English  -  Billy Bragg & the Blokes
  5. Npwa  -  Billy Bragg & the Blokes
  6. Some Days I See the Point  -  Billy Bragg & the Blokes
  7. Baby Faroukh  -  Billy Bragg & the Blokes
  8. Take Down the Union Jack  -  Billy Bragg & the Blokes
  9. Another Kind of Judy  -  Billy Bragg & the Blokes
  10. He'll Go Down  -  Billy Bragg & the Blokes
  11. Dreadbelly  -  Billy Bragg & the Blokes
  12. Tears of My Tracks  -  Billy Bragg & the Blokes

Disc 8

  1. Billericay Dickie  -  Billy Bragg & the Blokes
  2. Mansion on the Hill  -  Billy Bragg & the Blokes
  3. Glad and Sorry  -  Billy Bragg & the Blokes
  4. He'll Go Down  -  Billy Bragg & the Blokes
  5. Yarra Song  -  Billy Bragg & the Blokes
  6. You Pulled the Carpet Out  -  Billy Bragg & the Blokes
  7. Mystery Shoes  -  Billy Bragg & the Blokes
  8. Tears of My Tracks  -  Billy Bragg & the Blokes
  9. Take Down the Union Jack  -  Billy Bragg & the Blokes
  10. England, Half English  -  Billy Bragg & the Blokes
  11. 1 2 3 4  -  Billy Bragg & the Blokes
  12. Dry Bed  -  Billy Bragg & the Blokes
  13. Danny Rose  -  Billy Bragg & the Blokes
  14. She Smiled Sweetly  -  Billy Bragg & the Blokes

Disc 9

  1. You Woke Up My Neighbourhood
  2. The Saturday Boy
  3. The Marching Song of the Covert Battalions
  4. The World Turned Upside Down
  5. Dolphins
  6. Valentine's Day Is Over
  7. North Sea Bubble
  8. Body of Water
  9. Levi Stubbs' Tears
  10. A Lover Sings
  11. She's Got a New Spell
  12. Cindy of a Thousand Lives
  13. Accident Waiting to Happen
  14. Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards
  15. Tender Comrade
  16. Tank Park Salute
  17. The Warmest Room
  18. Sexuality
  19. A Lover Sings
  20. The Price I Pay
  21. Debris
  22. Tank Park Salute
  23. All You Facists
  24. Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards
  25. A A13, Trunk Road to the Sea

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Bragg   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,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
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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