Best of Billy Bragg at the BBC 1983 - 2019 (Remastered) Billy Bragg

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  • 1A New England (John Peel Session, 27th July 1983)02:16
  • 2Fear Is a Man's Best Friend (John Peel Session, 27th July 1983)02:38
  • 3Love Gets Dangerous (John Peel Session, 27th July 1983)02:15
  • 4Like Soldiers Do (David Jensen Session, 22nd December 1983)02:46
  • 5The Man in the Iron Mask (David Jensen Session, 22nd December 1983)02:22
  • 6The Saturday Boy (David Jensen Session, 22nd December 1983)03:18
  • 7A Lover Sings (John Peel Session, 18th September 1984)04:06
  • 8Between the Wars (John Peel Session, 18th September 1984)02:40
  • 9A13, Trunk Road to the Sea (Saturday Live, 13th October 1984)02:13
  • 10There Is Power in a Union (John Peel Session, 20th August 1985)02:21
  • 11Days Like These (John Peel Session, 20th August 1985)01:53
  • 12Scholarship Is the Enemy of Romance (Janice Long Session, 18th December 1985)01:55
  • 13Greetings to the New Brunette (John Peel Session, 2nd September 1986)03:24
  • 14Ideology (John Peel Session, 2nd September 1986)03:26
  • 15The Warmest Room (John Peel Session, 2nd September 1986)03:07
  • 16She's Got a New Spell (John Peel Session, 30th August 1988)02:41
  • 17Valentine's Day Is Over (John Peel Session, 30th August 1988)04:25
  • 18The Short Answer (John Peel Session, 30th August 1988)04:23
  • 19Rotting on Remand (John Peel Session, 30th August 1988)03:18
  • 20The Few (John Peel Session, 12th May 1991)03:59
  • 21Accident Waiting to Happen (John Peel Session, 12th May 1991)04:01
  • 22Tank Park Salute (John Peel Session, 12th May 1991)03:46
  • 23Brickbat (John Peel Session, 13th October 1995)02:56
  • 24This Gulf Between Us (John Peel Session, 13th October 1995)02:05
  • 25Goal Hanger (John Peel Divas Bar Live, 1st May 1997)02:52
  • 26The Boy Done Good (John Peel Divas Bar Live, 1st May 1997)02:46
  • 27From Red to Blue (John Peel Divas Bar Live, 1st May 1997)03:07
  • 28The Busy Girl Buys Beauty (Janice Long Paris Theatre London Live, October 1999)01:57
  • 29It Says Here (Janice Long Paris Theatre London Live, October 1999)02:20
  • 30Lonesome Traveller (John Peel Session, 8th December 2004)03:20
  • 31Goodbye, Goodbye (Phill Jupitus Live, 30th March 2007)03:07
  • 32Way over Yonder in the Minor Key (Bob Harris Live, 6th May 2012)03:15
  • 33No-One Knows Nothing Anymore (Latitude Festival Live, 18th July 2014)03:53
  • 34Levi Stubbs' Tears (Glastonbury Live, 26th June 2015)03:23
  • 35Why We Build the Wall (Tom Robinson Live Buxton Opera House, 21st January 2017)03:40
  • 36I Ain't Got No Home (Radio 2 Folk Awards Live, 5th April 2017)03:48
  • 37The Space Race Is Over (Tom Robinson Now Playing 'Billy Bragg Takeover', 14th July 2019)04:07
  • 38St. Swithin's Day (Tom Robinson Now Playing 'Billy Bragg Takeover', 14th July 2019)02:53
  • Total Runtime01:56:42

Info for Best of Billy Bragg at the BBC 1983 - 2019 (Remastered)

Billy Bragg will release Best Of Billy Bragg At The BBC 1983 – 2019, 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, Phill Jupitus, 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.

Says Billy: “Work in progress. That’s how John Peel thought of his evening sessions, offering artists the opportunity to try out new songs in a studio environment. That’s how I looked at them too. The confirmation of a Peel session date was a signal to get my ideas together, to define material that had hitherto been little more than words scribbled on a page or a tune thrashed out during a sound check. That’s why some of the tracks here have a different phrasing and arrangement to that which appeared on record. The songs were so new, you can hear I’m still feeling my way into them. Several were conceived and written the night before the session. In one case, I actually composed a song from scratch while the show was on air.

That rawness was always a key component of my BBC sessions, the thrill of putting something out there for the very first time. And here I’ve collected all the best moments across 36 years of my ongoing work in progress.”

Billy Bragg has been making waves for over 35 years. Among the former Saturday boy’s albums are his punk-charged debut Life’s a Riot With Spy Vs Spy, the more love-infused Workers Playtime, pop classic Don’t Try This At Home, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee-timed treatise on national identity England, Half-English, and his stripped-down tenth, Tooth & Nail, his most successful since the early 90s. The intervening three decades have been marked by a number one hit single, having a street named after him, being the subject of a South Bank Show, appearing onstage at Wembley Stadium, curating Left Field at Glastonbury, sharing spotted dick with a Cabinet minister in the House of Commons cafeteria, being mentioned in Bob Dylan’s memoir and meeting the Queen. At their best, Billy’s songs present ‘the perfect Venn diagram between the political and the personal’ (the Guardian). Bragg has recently added best-selling author/musicologist to his CV with the success of his acclaimed 2017 book Roots, Radicals & Rockers – How Skiffle Changed The World.

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