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 Lifes
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 Braggs 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. Dont 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 cant.
All I can tell you is that its well worthy of your attention.