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Billy Bragg, Vol. 2

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Disc 1 of 8
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She's Got a New Spell
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Must I Paint You a Picture
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Tender Comrade
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The Price I Pay
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Little Time Bomb
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Rotting On Remand
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Valentine's Day Is Over
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Life With the Lions
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The Only One
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The Short Answer
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Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards
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Bad Penny
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The Only One
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The Price I Pay
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Love Has No Pride
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That's Entertainment
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She's Got a New Spell
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The Short Answer
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Little Time Bomb
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Reason to Believe
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Must I Paint You a Picture
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Raglan Road
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Accident Waiting to Happen
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Moving the Goalposts
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Everywhere
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Cindy of a Thousand Lives
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You Woke Up My Neighbourhood
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Trust
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God's Footballer
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The Few
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Sexuality
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Mother of the Bride
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Tank Park Salute
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Dolphins
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North Sea Bubble
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Rumours of War
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Wish You Were Her
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Body of Water
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Party of God
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North Sea Bubble
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Sexuality
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Just One Victory
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Everywhere
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Trust
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Bread & Circuses
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Cindy of a Thousand Lives
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The Few
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Revolution
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Tighten Up Your Wig
Artist: Billy Bragg featuring The Athenians and DJ Woody Lee
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MBH
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This Gulf Between Us
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Piccadilly Rambler
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From Red to Blue
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Upfield
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Everybody Loves You Babe
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Sugardaddy
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A Pict Song
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Brickbat
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The Space Race Is Over
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Northern Industrial Town
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The Fourteenth of February
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King James
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Goalhanger
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As Long As You Hold Me
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Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet?
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Sugar Daddy
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The Space Race Is Over
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Goalhanger
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Upfield
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The Fourteenth of February
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Qualifications
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Never Had No One Ever
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Thatcherites
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All Fall Down
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St. Monday
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Jane Allen
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Distant Shore
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England, Half English
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NPWA
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Some Days I See the Point
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Baby Faroukh
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Take Down the Union Jack
Artist: Billy Bragg and The Blokes
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Another Kind of Judy
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He'll Go Down
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Dreadbelly
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Tears of My Tracks
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Billericay Dickie
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Mansion on the Hill
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Glad and Sorry
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He'll Go Down
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Yarra Song
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You Pulled the Carpet Out
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Mystery Shoes
Artist: Billy Bragg and The Blokes
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Tears of My Tracks
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Take Down the Union Jack
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England, Half English
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Dry Bed
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Danny Rose
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She Smiled Sweetly
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eMusic Features

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Interview: Billy Bragg

By Andrew Perry, Contributor

[To celebrate his receiving the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award from the Association of Independent Music, we invited Billy Bragg to take control of eMusic's editorial for a week. This is our exclusive interview with him about his decades-long career. He also nominated the soulful Tennessee singer/songwriter Valerie June for an interview, and shared his favorite albums on eMusic. — Ed.] There is no more fitting or hard-earned recipient of the Association of Independent Music's Outstanding… more »

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Folk Goes Punk

By Peter Blackstock, Contributor

How exactly does one identify "folk-punk"? There's no easy answer, as different artists within the subgenre's horizons arrived at its intersection via different journeys. One could argue that Woody Guthrie was not only the original folkie but also the original folk-punker; look no further than the iconic photo of Woody with a guitar bearing the slogan "This Machine Kills Fascists." Boiled to its essence, folk punk is generally tradition-based acoustic music delivered with a forceful… more »

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Six Degrees of Gang of Four’s Entertainment!

By Ira Robbins, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

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Six Degrees of Gang of Four’s Entertainment!

By Ira Robbins, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

They Say All Music Guide

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. – Mark Deming

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