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Must I Paint You a Picture - The Essential Billy Bragg
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Album: Must I Paint You a Picture - The Essential Billy Bragg
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    A New England More Info...
2)    The Man in the Iron Mask More Info...
3)    The Milkman of Human Kindness More Info...
4)    To Have and to Have Not More Info...
5)    A Lover Sings More Info...
6)    St. Swithin's Day More Info...
7)    The Saturday Boy More Info...
8)    Between the Wars More Info...
9)    The World Turned Upside Down More Info...
10)    Levi Stubbs' Tears More Info...
11)    Walk Away Renee More Info...
12)    Greetings to the New Brunette More Info...
13)    There Is Power in a Union More Info...
14)    Help Save the Youth of America More Info...
15)    The Warmest Room More Info...
16)    Must I Paint You a Picture? More Info...
17)    She's Got a New Spell More Info...
18)    The Price I Pay More Info...
19)    Valentine's Day Is Over More Info...
20)    Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards More Info...
  Disc 2
1)    Sexuality More Info...
2)    Cindy of a Thousand Lives More Info...
3)    Moving the Goalposts More Info...
4)    Tank Park Salute More Info...
5)    You Woke Up My Neighbourhood More Info...
6)    Accident Waiting to Happen (Red Stars Version) More Info...
7)    Sulk More Info...
8)    Upfield More Info...
9)    The Fourteenth of February More Info...
10)    Brickbat More Info...
11)    The Space Race Is Over More Info...
12)    The Boy Done Good More Info...
13)    Ingrid Bergman More Info...
14)    Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key More Info...
15)    My Flying Saucer More Info...
16)    All You Fascists Bound to Lose (Blokes Version) More Info...
17)    Npwa More Info...
18)    St. Monday More Info...
19)    Some Days I See the Point More Info...
20)    Take Down the Union Jack (Band Version) More Info...
  Disc 3
1)    A13, Trunk Road to the Sea More Info...
2)    Fear Is a Man's Best Friend More Info...
3)    Cold and Bitter Tears [Live] More Info...
4)    Seven and Seven Is More Info...
5)    When Will I See You Again? More Info...
6)    Rule Nor Reason [Live] More Info...
7)    Debris [Live] More Info...
8)    Dry Bed [Demo Version] More Info...
9)    She Smiled Sweetly More Info...
10)    Take Down the Union Jack [King Normal & the Rug Remix] More Info...
 

Album: Must I Paint You a Picture - The Essential Billy Bragg
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    A New England More Info...
2)    The Man in the Iron Mask More Info...
3)    The Milkman of Human Kindness More Info...
4)    To Have and to Have Not More Info...
5)    A Lover Sings More Info...
6)    St. Swithin's Day More Info...
7)    The Saturday Boy More Info...
8)    Between the Wars More Info...
9)    The World Turned Upside Down More Info...
10)    Levi Stubbs' Tears More Info...
11)    Walk Away Renee More Info...
12)    Greetings to the New Brunette More Info...
13)    There Is Power in a Union More Info...
14)    Help Save the Youth of America More Info...
15)    The Warmest Room More Info...
16)    Must I Paint You a Picture? More Info...
17)    She's Got a New Spell More Info...
18)    The Price I Pay More Info...
19)    Valentine's Day Is Over More Info...
20)    Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards More Info...
  Disc 2
1)    Sexuality More Info...
2)    Cindy of a Thousand Lives More Info...
3)    Moving the Goalposts More Info...
4)    Tank Park Salute More Info...
5)    You Woke Up My Neighbourhood More Info...
6)    Accident Waiting to Happen (Red Stars Version) More Info...
7)    Sulk More Info...
8)    Upfield More Info...
9)    The Fourteenth of February More Info...
10)    Brickbat More Info...
11)    The Space Race Is Over More Info...
12)    The Boy Done Good More Info...
13)    Ingrid Bergman More Info...
14)    Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key More Info...
15)    My Flying Saucer More Info...
16)    All You Fascists Bound to Lose (Blokes Version) More Info...
17)    Npwa More Info...
18)    St. Monday More Info...
19)    Some Days I See the Point More Info...
20)    Take Down the Union Jack (Band Version) More Info...
  Disc 3
1)    A13, Trunk Road to the Sea More Info...
2)    Fear Is a Man's Best Friend More Info...
3)    Cold and Bitter Tears [Live] More Info...
4)    Seven and Seven Is More Info...
5)    When Will I See You Again? More Info...
6)    Rule Nor Reason [Live] More Info...
7)    Debris [Live] More Info...
8)    Dry Bed [Demo Version] More Info...
9)    She Smiled Sweetly More Info...
10)    Take Down the Union Jack [King Normal & the Rug Remix] More Info...
 
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Performer Notes
  • Initial pressing includes bonus CD.
  • Personnel inlcudes: Billy Bragg, Wiggy, Cara Tivey, Dave Woodhead, Johnny Marr, Kirsty MacColl, John Porter, Kenny Craddock, Danny Thompson, Simon Moreton, Tony Maronie, Bruce Thomas, Mickey Waller, Martin Belmont, Jayne Creamer, Kaya Jenner, Michelle Shocked, The Blokes, Wilco.
  • Producers includes: Grant Showbiz, Oliver Hitch, Edward de Bono, John Porter, Kenny Jones.
  • Compilation producer: Grant Showbiz.
  • Recorded between 1983 & 2001. Includes liner notes by Andrew Collins.
  • MUST I PAINT YOU A PICTURE, a double-disc, 40-song retrospective, covers the first 20 years of this extraordinary troubadour's career. A smart, sensitive anti-hero armed with a guitar, Bragg sings alternately about political issues and lost love with a startlingly literate wit. He recalls the early-'60s folk of Bob Dylan in his stark, solo sound and biting lyrics about social injustice, and also the legacy of punk in his passionate delivery, uncompromising stance, and aggressive phrasing (complemented by a pronounced accent that lets him chew words distinctively).
  • But the clincher is Bragg's songwriting. Lyrically and melodically, Bragg is a superior craftsman, as Disc One makes plain. Accompanied only by electric guitar, Bragg addresses economic inequalities ("To Have and To Have Not"), organized labor ("There Is Power in a Union"), and the trials of heartbreak (the achingly poignant "Valentine's Day is Over"). Disc Two, which features tracks from Bragg's '90s releases, finds the artist working a more pop-oriented sound with a full band. (Also included here are tracks from MERMAID AVENUE, Bragg's collaboration with Wilco on Woody Guthrie songs). A 10-song bonus disc adds to the value of this stellar compilation, a perfect introduction to the work of this brilliant performer.
Professional Reviews
Q (12/03, p.148) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...He was a singer of - as well as from - the heart, and so achingly romantic it's a wonder Willie Nelson never covered him..."

Dirty Linen (4/04, p.45) - "[Bragg] wielded an electric guitar like a post-apocalyptic Phil Ochs....He cuts loose on some great covers."

Mojo (Publisher) (11/03, p.136) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Simply, as with some of his best lines, stark to the point of being heartbreaking..."
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