Billy Bragg – Volume 1 (CD Review)

It is easy to forget, unless you happen to be looking at this 9 disc collection at the time, how prolific Billy Bragg has been over the years. His most-times stroppy, sometimes poignant and persistently engaging songwriting is a joy to hear. His occasional habit of labouring (no pun intended) a point is more than balanced out by both his more fiery songs and his touching laments.



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These early works have the pop classics like ‘A New England’ and ‘A13 Trunk Road To The Sea’ – as well as the powerful ‘Levi Stubbs’ Tears’, ‘Between The Wars’ and ‘Greetings To The New Brunette’ – which is more than enough to tempt in the casual fan. The die-hard fans have the full range to enjoy as well as the DVDs.

The fact that this massive collection is only ‘Volume One’ is a joy. There is plenty to enjoy before ‘Volume Two’ comes along but when it does it is going to have to be staggering to beat this.

Label : Cooking Vinyl

Release Date : 06 March 2006

Website : www.billybragg.co.uk

Tracklisting

    Disc: 1

    1. Milkman Of Human Kindness
    2. To Have And To Have Not
    3. Richard
    4. New England
    5. Man In The Iron Mask
    6. Busy Girl Buys Beauty
    7. Lovers Town Revisited

    Disc: 2

    1. Strange Things Happen
    2. Cloth
    3. Love Lives Here
    4. Speedway Hero
    5. Loving You Too Long
    6. This Guitar Says Sorry
    7. Love Gets Dangerous
    8. Cloth
    9. Man In The Iron Mask
    10. A13 Trunk Road To The Sea
    11. Fear Is A Man’s Best Friend

    Disc: 3

    1. It Says Here
    2. Love Gets Dangerous
    3. Myth Of Trust
    4. From A Vauxhall Velox
    5. Saturday Boy
    6. Island Of No Return
    7. St. Swithin’s Day
    8. Like Soldiers Do
    9. This Guitar Says Sorry
    10. Strange Things Happen
    11. Lover Sings

    Disc: 4

    1. It Must Be A River
    2. Won’t Talk About It
    3. Talking Wag Club Blues
    4. You Got The Power
    5. Last Time
    6. Back To The Old House
    7. Lover Sings
    8. Which Side Are You On
    9. It Says Here
    10. Between The Wars
    11. World Turned Upside Down

    Disc: 5

    1. Greetings To The New Brunette
    2. Train Train
    3. Marriage
    4. Ideology
    5. Levi Stubbs’ Tears
    6. Honey I’m A Big Boy Now
    7. There Is Power In A Union
    8. Help Save The Youth Of America
    9. Wishing The Days Away
    10. Passion
    11. Warmest Room
    12. Home Front

    Disc: 6

    1. Sin City
    2. Deportees
    3. There Is Power In A Union
    4. Tracks Of My Tears
    5. Wishing The Days Away
    6. Clashing Of Ideologies
    7. Greetings To The New Brunette
    8. Nurse’s Life Is Full Of Woe
    9. Only Bad Signs
    10. Hold The Fort

    Disc: 7

    1. Internationale
    2. I Dreamed I Saw Phil Ochs Last Night
    3. Marching Song Of The Covert Battalions
    4. Blake’s Jerusalem
    5. Nicaragua Nicaraguita
    6. Red Flag
    7. My Youngest Son Came Home Today
    8. Intro
    9. Help Save The Youth Of America
    10. Think Again
    11. Chile Your Waters Run Red Through Soweto
    12. Days Like These
    13. To Have And To Have Not
    14. There Is Power In A Union – Bragg, Billy & The Pattersons
    15. Joe Hill
    16. This Land Is Your Land
    17. Never Cross A Picket Line
    18. Change Is Gonna Come
    19. Miner’s Life

    Disc: 8

    1. There Is Power In A Union
    2. Between The Wars
    3. Nicaragua Nicaraguita
    4. I Heard It Through The Grapevine
    5. To Have And To Have Not
    6. Which Side Are You On
    7. Between The Wars
    8. Between The Wars
    9. World Turned Upside Down
    10. Levi Stubbs Tears
    11. Help Save The Youth Of America
    12. New England
    13. Wishing The Days Away
    14. People Get Ready/Tupelo Honey
    15. Star
    16. A13 Trunk Road To The Sea

    Disc: 9

    1. To Have And To Have Not
    2. A13 Trunk Road To The Sea
    3. Island Of No Return
    4. Lover Sings
    5. New England
    6. Which Side Are You On
    7. Between The Wars
    8. Lovers Town Revisited
    9. Levi Stubbs Tears
    10. World Turned Upside Down
    11. It Says Here
    12. Island Of No Return
    13. Which Side Are You On
    14. Love Gets Dangerous
    15. Richard
    16. Train Train
    17. New England

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