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Best Of Billy Bragg At The BBC 1983 - 2019

    Best Of Billy Bragg At The BBC 1983 - 2019 is a compilation of classic performances at the BBC from the early 80s through to the present. The album, fully remastered and featuring many previously unreleased tracks, includes selected highlights from sessions for John Peel, David Jensen, Janice Long, PhillJupitus, Bob Harris, Tom Robinson & more, and offers a fascinating chronological perspective on the development of one of the UK’s most beloved entertainers. The collection draws from all corners of Billy’s catalogue and features, among many gems, his signature song ‘A New England’ (later covered to huge acclaim by Kirsty MacColl), ‘Levi Stubbs’ Tears’, and his workers’ anthem ‘There Is Power In A Union’, with a couple of atypical covers thrown in, namely John Cale’s ‘Fear Is A Man’s Best Friend’ and ‘A13’, his personal psycho-geography take on ‘Route 66’. All of these and more paint a picture of a British national treasure plying his trade at a British institution and making the world a better place in the process

    TRACK LISTING

    1. A New England (John Peel Session, 27th July 1983)
    2. Fear Is A Man's Best Friend (John Peel Session, 27th July 1983)
    3. Love Gets Dangerous (John Peel Session, 27th July 1983)
    4. Like Soldiers Do (David Jensen Session, 22nd December 1983)
    5. The Man In The Iron Mask (w/ Dave Woodhead) (David Jensen Session, 22nd December 1983)
    6. The Saturday Boy (David Jensen Session, 22nd December 1983)
    7. A Lover Sings (John Peel Session, 18th September 1984)
    8. Between The Wars (John Peel Session, 18th September 1984)
    9. A13, Trunk Road To The Sea (w/ Wiggy) (Saturday Live, 13th October 1984)
    10. There Is Power In A Union (John Peel Session, 20th August 1985)
    11. Days Like These (John Peel Session, 20th August 1985)
    12. Scholarship Is The Enemy Of Romance (Janice Long Session, 18th December 1985)
    13. Greetings To The New Brunette (John Peel Session, 2nd September 1986)
    14. Ideology (John Peel Session, 2nd September 1986)
    15. The Warmest Room (John Peel Session, 2nd September 1986)
    16. She’s Got A New Spell (John Peel Session, 30th August 1988)
    17. Valentine's Day Is Over (John Peel Session, 30th August 1988)
    18. The Short Answer (John Peel Session, 30th August 1988)
    19. Rotting On Remand (John Peel Session, 30th August 1988)
    20. The Few (John Peel Session, 12th May 1991)
    21. Accident Waiting To Happen (w/ Wiggy) (John Peel Session, 12th May 1991)
    22. Tank Park Salute (w/ Cara Tivey) (John Peel Session, 12th May 1991)
    23. Brickbat (John Peel Session, 13th October 1995)
    24. This Gulf Between Us (John Peel Session, 13th October 1995)
    25. Goal Hanger (John Peel Divas Bar Live, 1st May 1997)
    26. The Boy Done Good (John Peel Divas Bar Live, 1st May 1997)
    27. From Red To Blue (John Peel Divas Bar Live, 1st May 1997)
    28. The Busy Girl Buys Beauty (Janice Long Paris Theatre London Live, October 1999)
    29. It Says Here (Janice Long Paris Theatre London Live, October 1999)
    30. Lonesome Traveller (John Peel Session, 8th December 2004)
    31. Goodbye, Goodbye (PhillJupitus Live, 30th March 2007)
    32. Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key (Bob Harris Live, 6th May 2012)
    33. No-One Knows Nothing Anymore (Latitude Festival Live, 18th July 2014)
    34. Levi Stubbs’ Tears (Glastonbury Live, 26th June 2015)
    35. Why We Build The Wall (Tom Robinson Live Buxton Opera House, 21st January 2017)
    36. I Ain’t Got No Home (w/ CJ Hillman) (Radio 2 Folk Awards Live, 5th April 2017)
    37. The Space Race Is Over (Tom Robinson Now Playing ‘Billy Bragg Takeover’, 14th July 2019)
    38. St. Swithin's Day (Tom Robinson Now Playing ‘Billy Bragg Takeover’, 14th July 2019)

    Billy Bragg

    Bridges Not Walls

      Life comes at you real fast these days. What’s a singer-songwriter to do when events keep challenging the way that we see the world? Before we’ve had a chance to digest one startling development, along comes another to throw us off balance again. I’ve been grubbing up songs for the past 12 months, but without the space to get an album together due to other projects, so I’ve decided to start dropping tracks, one a month between now and the end of the year. As always, they’re my way of trying to make some sense of what’s going on. The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters is the name of an etching created in 1799 by the Spanish artist Francisco Goya. The title struck a chord with me when trying to understand the events of last year. The lies and hubris of the Leave campaign in our EU referendum was echoed and amplified by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Only by restoring empathy and reason can we hope to defeat the monstrous forces of nationalism and untruth.

      Billy Bragg & Joe Henry

      Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad

        In March 2016 Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, guitars in hand, boarded a Los Angeles-bound train at Chicago’s Union Station looking to reconnect with the culture of American railroad travel and the music it inspired. Winding along 2,728 miles of track over four days, the pair recorded classic railroad songs in waiting rooms and at trackside while the train paused to pick up passengers.

        Billy Bragg

        Live At Union Chapel London

          On Wednesday 5 June 2013 Billy Bragg played a very special show at The Union Chapel in London, featuring songs from his acclaimed March 2013 album ‘Tooth & Nail’ as well as classics from his back catalogue.

          This unique DVD/CD souvenir of that performance, which includes bonus features and extras, is released on Cooking Vinyl. The package will also include a set of 5 postcards, comprising 4 live shots from the Union Chapel show and 1 from Wembley Arena in 2012, all taken by Pete Dunwell.

          Billy Bragg

          Life's A Riot With Spy Vs Spy - 30th Anniversary Edition

            To celebrate the 30th anniversary of his seminal 1983 debut recording ‘Life’s a Riot with Spy vs Spy’, Billy Bragg releases a special edition comprising the original album re-mastered, plus a new, live solo version by Billy recorded as a unique encore at his London Union Chapel show on Wednesday 5 June 2013.

            Billy says “Life’s a Riot with Spy vs Spy has a very special place in my heart, being the first step on a 30 year journey that has seen me travel to places that I could never have imagined back in ’83. Also, as it’s only 17 minutes long, I can knock the whole album out as an encore if the fancy takes me - no need to book the Royal Albert Hall and the London Symphony Orchestra”

            Tooth & Nail was recorded over a whirlwind five-day session with Grammy Award winning producer Joe Henry (whose impeccable production credits include Solomon Burke, Aimee Mann, Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint) in his South Pasadena studio. Working with a small band of musicians whose talents had recently appeared on records by the likes of Bon Iver, Lana del Rey and Regina Spektor, the performances have a wonderfully spontaneous feel. The results are, according to Billy, a return to the rootsy sound of 1998’s Mermaid Avenue sessions he recorded with Wilco - drawing on soul, country and folk music influences to explore the ups and downs of relationships that have stood the test of time.

            "In 2011, I took a long, hard look at who I am and what I do. This album is the result." Billy Bragg January 2013

            TRACK LISTING

            1. January Song
            2. No One Knows Nothing Any More
            3. Handyman Blues
            4. I Ain’t Got No Home
            5. Swallow My Pride
            6. Do Unto Others
            7. Over You
            8. Goodbye, Goodbye
            9. There Will Be A Reckoning
            10. Chasing Rainbows
            11. Your Name On My Tongue
            12. Tomorrow’s Going To Be A Better Day

            The limited special edition 14cm x 29cm hardback book style 'bookpack' version includes the CD, a 36 page booklet containing exclusive photos and a collection of columns written by Billy originally published in Q magazine between 2008 and 2011, plus a DVD of 10 promotional videos that Billy made for his singles between 1986 - 2002.

            Tooth & Nail was recorded over a whirlwind five-day session with Grammy Award winning producer Joe Henry (whose impeccable production credits include Solomon Burke, Aimee Mann, Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint) in his South Pasadena studio. Working with a small band of musicians whose talents had recently appeared on records by the likes of Bon Iver, Lana del Rey and Regina Spektor, the performances have a wonderfully spontaneous feel. The results are, according to Billy, a return to the rootsy sound of 1998’s Mermaid Avenue sessions he recorded with Wilco - drawing on soul, country and folk music influences to explore the ups and downs of relationships that have stood the test of time.

            "In 2011, I took a long, hard look at who I am and what I do. This album is the result." Billy Bragg January 2013

            TRACK LISTING

            Disc 1
            1. January Song
            2. No One Knows Nothing Any More
            3. Handyman Blues
            4. I Ain’t Got No Home
            5. Swallow My Pride
            6. Do Unto Others
            7. Over You
            8. Goodbye, Goodbye
            9. There Will Be A Reckoning
            10. Chasing Rainbows
            11. Your Name On My Tongue
            12. Tomorrow’s Going To Be A Better Day

            Disc 2
            1. Levi Stubbs Tears - 1986
            2. Greetings To The New Brunette - 1986
            3. She's Leaving Home - 1988
            4. Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards - 1988
            5. Sexuality - 1991
            6. You Woke Up My Neighbourhood - 1991
            7. Accident Waiting To Happen - 1992
            8. Upfield - 1996
            9. Boy Done Good - 1997
            10. Take Down The Union Jack –2002


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