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Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Billy Bragg – New York, NY (07/02/98)


Billy Bragg
1998-07-02 late show
Bottom Line, NYC

Download FLAC: Mediafire
Download MP3@320: Part 1, Part 2

source: dsbd
Jerry Moore’s dat clone

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adobe audition cs6 > tlh flac
tranfer/seeded by Rob Berger may 2013 shn id#124641

disc one: 67:15
01 – Sexuality
02 – Milkman Of Human Kindness
03 – Irgrid Bergman
04 – Another Man’s Done Gone
05 – All About Love
06 – Paint A Picture
07 – Top Of The Stairs
08 – Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key
09 – Walt Whitman’s Niece
10 – She Came Along To Me
11 – The Unwelcome Guest

disc two: 76:44
01 – Christ For President
02 – I Guess I Planted
03 – My Flying Saucer
04 – Great Leap Forward
05 – La La La Means I Love You
06 – Everybody Loves You
07 – California Stars
08 – Bear Came Over The Mountain
09 – Figmant of Speach
10 – sound check


December 5, 2013 - Posted by | Billy Bragg, Bootleg Bonanza, FLAC, mp3 downloads, Music


  1. here’s a dilemna, lifelong Woody fan but usually totally unimpressed by Billy the four-wheel drive SUV driving ‘folk singer’ from Islington (the swankier end of London) , beloved of the BBC, and middle class ponces who wish to retain some ‘credibility’ , who usually turns up on all the Dylan tribute shows etc and murders a classic or two.
    Loved Mermaid Ave sets (source of all the songs here) but always had Wilco’s input along with Woody’s wise words to sweeten the deal! Not sure what Woody would have made of this geezer, not too much i suspect. Probably would have told him you can’t change the system from the inside, and somehow i can’t see Woody getting into bed with an Administration like Tony Blair’s anyway.
    This guy was another who got the ‘New Dylan’ tag back in the day, presumably from those who thought Bob was a ‘protest singer’ looking for a cause.
    Oh well i would have passed this one by, however the material demands a listen at least. Also this is the first true ‘Mermaid’ live set i’ve seen from either of them
    I’ll let you know how i get on in due course
    From source looks like it should be crystal clear sound, not sure if that is necessarily an advantage with Billy however

    Cheers Mat

    Comment by DylanDave | December 5, 2013 | Reply

  2. ps EDGE just posted one of the best Bruce River tour shows in (rapid) response to my request – check it out, it’s a classic and you get Bruce’s take on Woody’s ‘This Land is your land’ as well as a couple of Fogerty classics – cant go wrong with this one

    Comment by DylanDave | December 5, 2013 | Reply

  3. Oh man, I love Billy Bragg. Sure he doesn’t deserve the New Dylan tag, but then again who does? And that tag gets tossed around so often its become meaningless.

    He’s not a great guitar player or singer either. And he’s wrote a whole lot of clunkers too. Still, his good ones are good and there’s just something about him I love.

    Do you have a link to the Springsteen show?

    Comment by Mat Brewster | December 5, 2013 | Reply

  4. Here’s the post on G101

    Just got a messsage from EDGE to say he’s listening and lovin’ it too

    Still think the importance of Wilco’s contribution to ‘Mermaid Ave’ was understated. The film is interesting, made me reconsider my opininons on Billy a little. Still can’t forgive him for cozying up to Blair however!!!
    Woody’s words are always magic however, no real harm in others puting them to music since the man himself was always borrowing his melodies anyway

    Comment by DylanDave | December 5, 2013 | Reply

  5. Agreed on the Wilco contributions. I like them way more than Bragg and tend to prefer their songs on the Mermaid albums. Though Bragg has some great ones too. I’ve not seen the video but my understanding is there was a bit of a falling out between the two.

    I’m staying out of the political angle (even though Bragg is obviously political) as I don’t know English politics very well and I generally try to stay as far away from politics on my blog as I can.

    Comment by Mat Brewster | December 5, 2013 | Reply

  6. Totally understood, i’m no ‘leftie’ in the traditional sense anyway. I happen to think that musicians shouldn’t directly associate themselves with particular individual politicians or power groups within political parties. I don’t really like Bruce doing it for Obama either. The point i was really making referred to the ‘left wing’ celebrity crowd over here jumping all over the Blair victories in the 90s and becoming virtual ambassadors for something they clearly didn’t understand properly.
    You know ‘Cool Britannia’ and all that cr*p!!!
    Incidentally did you see they have put out yet another deluxe boxset of Woody’s magic. When I looked a little closer it turns out to be the alan lomax library of congress sessions, the Bonneville ‘Grand Coulee’ Dam recs plus some unreleased stuff. Basically it’s the same stuff i was buying as import vinyl boxsets on Rounder and Folkways as a teenager in the 80s. It’s megabucks now of course but still anything that gets Woody’s music a gigher profile is ok with me.

    Comment by DylanDave | December 5, 2013 | Reply

  7. I did see that Wood box. I have to admit I know Woody’s songs more through cover versions than him playing. I know I need to spend more time with him as he influenced pretty much everybody.

    Comment by Mat Brewster | December 9, 2013 | Reply

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