Mermaid Avenue Complete Sessions 3cd/1dvd

Bragg Billy & Wilco

Mermaid Avenue Complete Sessions 3cd/1dvd
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Mermaid Avenue Complete Sessions 3cd/1dvd

Bragg Billy & Wilco

Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions, includes the original 1998 Mermaid Avenue album; the follow-up Mermaid Avenue Vol. II (re-mastered); Mermaid Avenue Vol. III, comprising 17 previously unreleased recordings made during the Mermaid Avenue sessions; director Kim Hopkins’ 1999 90 minute film Man in the Sand, which documents those sessions; and a 48-page booklet with new liner notes by Nora Guthrie, full lyrics, archival photographs, and facsimiles of lyric sheets and sketches by Woody Guthrie. (A complete track list is on the next page.)

The original Mermaid Avenue release sold many tens of thousands of copies in Australia, providing Bragg with an undoubted career highpoint, and breaking Wilco to a much larger audience than they’d previously had. The project has lost none of its lustre or appeal – original fans will want to upgrade, and there’s a whole new generation of Wilco lovers and Folk music lovers in general for whom this will be something exciting and new.

Disc 1

  1. Walt Whitman’s Niece
  2. California Stars
  3. Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key
  4. Birds and Ships
  5. Hoodoo Voodoo
  6. She Came Along to Me
  7. At My Window Sad and Lonely
  8. Ingrid Bergman
  9. Christ for President
  10. I Guess I Planted
  11. One by One
  12. Eisler on the Go
  13. Hesitating Beauty
  14. Another Man’s Done Gone
  15. The Unwelcome Guest

Disk 2

  1. Airline to Heaven
  2. My Flying Saucer
  3. Feed of Man
  4. Hot Rod Hotel
  5. I Was Born
  6. Secret of the Sea
  7. Stetson Kennedy
  8. Remember the Mountain Bed
  9. Blood of the Lamb
  10. Aginst th' Law
  11. All You Fascists
  12. Joe Dimaggio Done It Again
  13. Meanest Man
  14. Black Wind Blowing
  15. Someday Some Morning Sometime

Disk 3

  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
  9. Jailcell Blues
  10. Don’t You Marry
  11. Give Me a Nail
  12. The Jolly Banker
  13. Union Prayer
  14. Be Kind to the Boy on the Road
  15. Ain'ta Gonna Grieve
  16. Tea Bag Blues
  17. I’m Out to Get

Review

To celebrate what would have been the legendary Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday, the good folk over at Nonesuch have decided to release a special deluxe edition of Mermaid Avenue containing volumes one and two, along with a DVD of the doco Man in the Sand, plus a bonus disc with 17 tracks recorded in those sessions, which until now have remained unreleased. There’s also a 48-page booklet with new liner notes by Nora Guthrie, lyrics, archival photographs, and facsimiles of lyric sheets and sketches by Woody Guthrie. Very nice indeed!

Melissa Whebell is from Readings Hawthorn

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