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Brewing Up With

6 Mar 2006

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Song Title
Time
Popularity  
1
It Says Here
4:18
2
Love Gets Dangerous
2:23
3
The Myth of Trust
2:54
4
From a Vauxhall Velox
2:31
5
The Saturday Boy
3:30
6
Island of No Return
3:37
7
St. Swithin's Day
3:54
8
Like Soldiers Do
2:39
9
This Guitar Says Sorry
2:31
10
Strange Things Happen
2:38
11
A Lover Sings
3:54
Disc 2
1
It Must Be a River
2:19
2
Won't Talk About It
5:06
3
Talking Wag Club Blues
2:59
4
You Got the Power
3:10
5
The Last Time
2:55
6
Back to the Old House
2:53
7
A Lover Sings (Alternative Version)
3:58
8
Which Side Are You On
2:34
9
It Says Here (Alternative Version)
2:36
10
Between the Wars
2:30
11
The World Turned Upside Down
2:35


Product details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • Copyright: (c) 2006 Cooking Vinyl
  • Total Length: 1:08:24
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  • ASIN: B00B0XTDGS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,332 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Make Tea Not Love. 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Stripped back Success. 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful lyricist, songs I grew up with 2 May 2009
By sam155 VINE VOICE
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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5.0 out of 5 stars classic 28 Feb 2014
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where have all the angry young men gone ?. remember this album from 80s, commenting on society,witty lyrics.every song tells a story-chill out with headphones on and a can
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