Album Reviews: April 2006

 

Billy Bragg – Volume 1 (Cooking Vinyl) 06/03/2006

A boxed set featuring four of his earliest and most acclaimed albums, which includes a total of seven CDs and two DVDs with a wealth of rare and previously unreleased tracks.

I mean, how can you possibly chose between the classic “Life’s a Riot with Spy vs Spy”, “Brewing Up with Billy Bragg”, “Talking to the Taxman About Poetry” or “Internationale”, all delightful albums in their own right?
Much has been made of Bragg’s “political activist” status and many people believe all his songs deal only with that aspect of his life, but listening to these songs again now, he was (and is) so much more than that. Don’t forget the moving “A New England”, successfully covered (a rarity in itself) and twisted to suit the late, great Kirsty MacColl, or the nostalgic and charming “The Saturday Boy” amongst many, many other beautifully crafted reminders of why the eighties WAS worthwhile after all.

How can I possibly even mark this collection out of ten? I can’t. All I can tell you is that it’s well worthy of your attention.

Tone E

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