Billy Bragg And Wilco Mermaid Avenue Vol. III on 180g 2LP
Third Volume of Billy Bragg & Wilco's Critically Acclaimed Woody Guthrie Project Available on Vinyl for the Very First Time
Featuring 17 Songs from the Original Sessions Issued in 2012 in Conjunction with the Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions Set
When American folk legend Woody Guthrie died in 1967, at the age of 55, among his stored belongings were thousands of complete song lyrics for which he had not written out music or made recordings. Many of them had been written in the 1940s and ’50s, in the Guthrie family home on Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island, Brooklyn. The lyrics remained in boxes for decades, but once his daughter Nora found them in the 1990s, she knew they had to be shared.
She approached English singer-songwriter and activist Billy Bragg to select some to set to music. The Chicago rock band Wilco came aboard soon after, with Jeff Tweedy writing music - along with his late bandmate Jay Bennett on some songs - and the band recording with both Tweedy and Bragg on vocals. Natalie Merchant joined the group to sing a duet with Bragg and two solo songs, and guitarist/singer Corey Harris, who wrote two songs and co-wrote one, performed on many tracks.
In 1998, the first batch of songs was released to critical acclaim as Mermaid Avenue, receiving a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Folk Album. The second volume followed in 2000 and a third volume, issued in conjunction with the Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions set and comprised of 17 previously unreleased recordings from the original sessions, was unveiled in 2012.
This pressing of Billy Bragg And Wilco's Mermaid Ave, Vol III brings the 17 recently compiled songs issued in April of 2012 as part of Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions to vinyl for the first time, on two 180 gram LPs.
Billy Bragg And Wilco Mermaid Avenue Vol. III Track Listing:
1. Bugeye Jim
2. When The Roses Bloom Again
3. Gotta Work
4. My Thirty Thousand
5. Ought To Be Satisfied Now
6. Listening To The Wind That Blows
7. Go Down To The Water
8. Chain Of Broken Hearts
1. Jailcell Blues
2. Don't You Marry
3. Give Me A Nail
4. The Jolly Banker
5. Union Prayer
6. Be Kind To The Boy On The Road
7. Ain'ta Gonna Grieve
8. Tea Bag Blues
9. I'm Out To Get