Workers Playtime

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
By the time Billy Bragg began recording Workers Playtime in the fall of 1987, he'd gone from a rabble-rousing leftist songwriter and D.I.Y. one-man punk band to a bona fide pop star in the U.K., and had won a sizable cult following and a major-label recording contract in the United States. In addition, Bragg had begun expanding the stark sound of his early recordings on his 1986 album Talking with the Taxman About Poetry, and the sessions for Workers Playtime found Bragg and producer Joe Boyd building actual arrangements around his tunes as he struggled to balance a broader and more eclectic musical approach with the small-p politics that were his stock in trade. This ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
By the time Billy Bragg began recording Workers Playtime in the fall of 1987, he'd gone from a rabble-rousing leftist songwriter and D.I.Y. one-man punk band to a bona fide pop star in the U.K., and had won a sizable cult following and a major-label recording contract in the United States. In addition, Bragg had begun expanding the stark sound of his early recordings on his 1986 album Talking with the Taxman About Poetry, and the sessions for Workers Playtime found Bragg and producer Joe Boyd building actual arrangements around his tunes as he struggled to balance a broader and more eclectic musical approach with the small-p politics that were his stock in trade. This struggle is practically audible on Workers Playtime, and this time out Bragg's songs about the ups and downs of relationships outnumber and are more satisfying than his polemics, and he seems torn between the comfort of the spartan simplicity of numbers like "The Only One," "Valentine's Day Is Over," and "Must I Paint You a Picture" and the more expansive approach of the rollicking "Life with the Lions" and the appropriately mysterious "She's Got a New Spell." Significantly, two of the album's most explicitly political numbers, "Rotting on Remand" and "Tender Comrade," are also the least satisfying tracks here, and the album reaches its finest moment when Bragg musically and lyrically faces the contradictions of this turning point in his career head on with the splendid final number, "Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards." Workers Playtime has a number of pearly moments, but it was also Bragg's first genuine disappointment, and was the first step in the uncertain second act of his recording career.
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  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596082426
  • Catalog Number: 60824

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Performance Credits
Billy Bragg Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Michelle Shocked Background Vocals
Martin Belmont Electric Guitar
B.J. Cole Steel Guitar
Barb Jungr Harmonica
Tony Maronie Percussion
Julia Palmer Cello
Bruce Thomas Electric Bass
Cara Tivey Piano, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals
Mickey Waller Drums
Wiggy Acoustic Guitar, Bouzouki, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Dave Woodhead Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Danny Thompson Double Bass
Jayne Creamer Background Vocals
Kaya Jenner Background Vocals
Theresa Pamplin Viola
Porky Background Vocals
Donna Welchman Violin
Technical Credits
Joe Boyd Producer
Martin Hayles Engineer
Wiggy Producer
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