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He was born Steven William Bragg in Essex around the time Tommy Steele was climbing the singles charts with Happy Guitar and the Soviet Union was launching Sputnik 2 into space. Today, on the verge of the release of his eleventh and best album, Mr. Love & Justice, he is known as Billy Bragg by his loyalists worldwide yet he is still called Steven by his Mother and still referred to as the ... Read more in Amazon's Billy Bragg Store

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  • Audio CD (30 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B0002HUXZS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,307 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. It Says Here 4:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Love Gets Dangerous 2:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Myth of Trust 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. From a Vauxhall Velox 2:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Saturday Boy 3:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Island of No Return 3:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. St. Swithin's Day 3:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Like Soldiers Do 2:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. This Guitar Says Sorry 2:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Strange Things Happen 2:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. A Lover Sings 3:54£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Listen  7. A Lover Sings (Alternative Version) 3:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Which Side Are You On 2:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. It Says Here (Alternative Version) 2:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Between the Wars 2:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The World Turned Upside Down 2:35£0.79  Buy MP3 

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ian Wood, Author of 'Here's 2 Absent Fathers' on 22 Mar 2008
Format: Audio CD
`Life's a Riot with Spy vs. Spy' would take some beating without appearing to repeat his self but Billy Bragg managed to put out a further set of Urban Folk on `Brewing Up' which built on the foundations of `Spy vs. Spy' while improving as not only a writer but also as a performer.

`Brewing Up' opens perfectly with `It Says Here' setting out his politics and framing them with enough shared experience to ensure we empathise before moving onto the love songs which are rooted in reality with `Love Gets Dangerous', `The Myth of Trust', `From a Vauxhall Velox' and most successfully on `The Saturday Boy' which as a slice of teenage angst is one of the most fully realised songs of all time.

As well as the nice cup of tea Billy makes for us in his kitchen sink drama the other meaning of `Brewing Up' is how soldiers describe a tank being incendiary bombed and Billy builds on his Army experience to bring us the anti- Falklands war songs `Like Soldiers Do' and most forcefully `Island of No Return'. `This Guitar Says Sorry' and `Strange Things Happen' again tackles love before moving into the perfect coda to the album `A Lover Sings' which sums things up nicely.

At thirty five minutes the album has been broken up nicely with both the albums masterpieces, `The Saturday Boy' and `A Lover Sings' having a trumpet and organ accompaniment to Billy's sparse guitar playing.

The Bonus CD is also packed with fantastic tracks not least the whole of the `Between the Wars EP' and priceless Stones and Smiths covers in `The Last Time' and `Back to the Old House'. A must have LP, also available as a Tea Mug.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Flint on 5 Nov 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is Billy Bragg's second album, and these welcome reissues give the opportunity to explore for the uninitiated. I had never really paid too much attention to Billy Bragg until hearing 'The Saturday Boy' on a recent John Peel compilation given away with Mojo magazine. I love the sudden sound of the trumpet to back the harsh trebley electric guitar. It works well. The highlight of this album is probably 'St Swithin's Day' a beautiful love song sung with longing by the young Bragg. The sound is probably a kind of love or hate thing. Billy's albums tend to be just him with a guitar going through a very treble sounding amp. The harsh cockney tone of his voice can be an acquired taste at first, but after a while I really began to enjoy it. At 35 minutes, the original album may have appeared a little thin on the ground for remaster, but that problem is solved by an excellent second disc of outtakes, unused tracks, b-sides etc. If you are new to Mr Bragg, give this a spin. I did and was pleasantly suprised. Gonna get some more of the reissues now I think....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sam155 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 May 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have ben listening to Billy Bragg since I was about fifteen. I am now 39 and recently bought this again for a trip down memory lane. I wasn't disappointed. His lyrics are romantic, modern, political, comic and angry, depending on the song. My particular favourite is St Swithin's Day, a gorgeous love song, made all the more poignant for his gravelly tones:

"The polaroids that held us together,
Will surely fade away
Like the love that we spoke of forever on St Swithin's Day".

I also love " Saturday Boy". When I first heard this it was so relevant, its almost as if Billy and I were going through adolescence at the same time. Its still beautiful now, and speaks on the universal experience of unrequited love:
"In the end it took me a dictionary to find out the meaning of unrequited.
She lied to me with her body you see.
I lied to myself about the chances I'd wasted."

The thing I really love though, about this CD and about Billy Bragg in general is that if you are a terrible singer you can sing along to his gritty cockney tones and still sound good.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Guy Peters on 5 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
More socialism and broken hearts for the masses. While most people measure his later work by the standard of his first few releases (which are often considered his best), it's my conviction that the best was yet to come. It's true that his blend of romantic and political beliefs is presented in the clearest, most passionate form by these tracks, but on the downside they are also harder to digest in large quantities. Basically, nothing crucial has changed since Life's a Riot with Spy vs. Spy (the sound's slightly less crude and there are some overdubs), save for the fact that there are not as many highlights (translation: songs that really stick with you). It starts off good though, with "It Says Here," the riff of which sounds remarkably similar to that of The Hoodoo Gurus' "Tojo," released a while before this one. I guess it's coincidence, and anyway, this one here is basically a critique of the written press ("Where they offer you a feature on stockings and suspenders, next to a call for stiffer penalties for sex offenders") who all too often (in Billy's words) forget there are two sides to every story. It's pretty obvious that Bragg's realist poetry is/was quite unique: whereas most other songwriters deal with the highs and lows of life in a much more general, "poetic" way, Bragg focuses on little things, such as women shaving their legs (or not having to shave them yet), refers to sex with lines such as "flushing our babies down the drain" and mentions the smell of hairspray on a hot day.

Repeatedly, it's pretty obvious that Bragg found his identity in the wake of punk, as the jangly guitars of "From a Vauxhall Velox" and fierceness of "Strange Things Happen" suggest.
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