Mermaid Avenue Volume 3 (LP)

 
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Billy Bragg & Wilco
Mermaid Avenue Volume 3 (LP)

[ Nonesuch / 2 LP ]

Release Date: Friday 6 December 2013

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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.

Tracks:

SIDE 1
1. Bugeye Jim
2. When the Roses Bloom Again
3. Gotta Work
4. My Thirty Thousand

SIDE 2
5. Ought to Be Satisfied Now
6. Listening to the Wind That Blows
7. Go Down to the Water
8. Chain of Broken Hearts

SIDE 3
9. Jailcell Blues
10. Don't You Marry
11. Give Me a Nail
12. The Jolly Banker
13. Union Prayer

SIDE 4
14. Be Kind to the Boy on the Road
15. Ain'ta Gonna Grieve
16. Tea Bag Blues
17. I'm Out to Get