Billy Bragg Life's A Riot With Spy Vs Spy: 30th Anniversy Edition on Limited Edition 180g LP + Download Card
Billy Bragg, once described as a "one-man Clash," has spent the last two decades writing and performing passionate, witty, socially conscious music. His 1983 mini-LP Life’s a Riot with Spy vs Spy first introduced the world to Billy's style - roughly strummed electric guitar and stark vocals belying a keen sense of melody and committed, deeply humane lyrics on topics ranging from life and love to social upheaval and the plight of the working class.
Recorded live to 2-track tape for free over the course of three afternoon's in Chappell Music's tiny demo studio in the modest hope of selling the occasional copy at early gigs, Life’s a Riot with Spy vs Spy had initial sales topping 50,0000 (ultimately over 120,000) without the aid of advertising. It spent 12 weeks at #1 on the U.K. indie chart and reached #32 in the national LP chart and featured his first underground anthems.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of his seminal 1983 debut recording Life’s a Riot with Spy vs Spy, Billy Bragg will release a special edition comprising the original album re-mastered, plus a new, live solo version recorded as a unique encore at his London Union Chapel show on June 5, 2013. Life’s A Riot: 30th Anniversary Edition will feature a sleeve based on the original 1983 Barney Bubbles artwork and be available on limited edition 180g LP with inner sleeve, lyrics and download card.
Billy says “Life’s a Riot with Spy vs Spy has a very special place in my heart, being the first step on a 30 year journey that has seen me travel to places that I could never have imagined back in ’83. Also, as it’s only 17 minutes long, I can knock the whole album out as an encore if the fancy takes me – no need to book the Royal Albert Hall and the London Symphony Orchestra.”
Billy Bragg Life's A Riot With Spy Vs Spy: 30th Anniversary Edition Track Listing:
1. The Milkman of Human Kindness
2. To Have and to Have Not
4. A New England
5. The Man in the Iron Mask
6. The Busy Girl Buys Beauty
7. Lovers Town Revisited
8. Intro (Live at Union Chapel)
9. Lovers Town Revisited (Live at Union Chapel)
10. To Have and to Have Not (Live at Union Chapel)
11. The Busy Girl Buys Beauty (Live at Union Chapel)
12. The Man in the Iron Mask (Live at Union Chapel)
13. Richard (Live at Union Chapel)
14. The Milkman of Human Kindness (Live at Union Chapel)
15. A New England (Live at Union Chapel)