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Back to Basics


Download links and information about Back to Basics by Billy Bragg. This album was released in 1987 and it belongs to Rock, Folk Rock, World Music, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist, Psychedelic genres. It contains 21 tracks with total duration of 58:06 minutes.

Artist: Billy Bragg
Release date: 1987
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, World Music, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist, Psychedelic
Tracks: 21
Duration: 58:06
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No. Title Length
1. The Milkman of Human Kindness 2:49
2. To Have and to Have Not 2:33
3. Richard 2:51
4. Lovers Town Revisited 1:17
5. A New England 2:13
6. The Man In the Iron Mask 2:14
7. The Busy Girl Buys Beauty 1:58
8. It Says Here 4:15
9. Love Gets Dangerous 2:23
10. From a Vauxhall Velox 2:31
11. The Myth of Trust 2:54
12. The Saturday Boy 3:28
13. Island of No Return 3:37
14. This Guitar Says Sorry 2:31
15. Like Soldiers Do 2:39
16. St. Swithin's Day 3:50
17. Strange Things Happen 2:38
18. A Lover Sings 3:51
19. Between the Wars 2:27
20. The World Turned Upside Down 2:33
21. Which Side Are You On 2:34



Billy Bragg emerged in the early '80s as a “one-man Clash”: a politically motivated folk singer with only a slashing electric guitar for accompaniment. His voice was coarse and, to American ears, very British. Back to Basics compiles Bragg’s earliest and rawest works: his first album (Brewing Up with Billy Bragg) and his first two EPs (Life’s a Riot with Spy Vs. Spy and Between the Wars). An occasional (as in very occasional) trumpet or organ joins in, but these are skeletal tunes, flush with youthful exuberance and uncompromising social commentary. “A New England” is Bragg at his most accessible, seeking love and comfort amid his political concerns. “The Busy Girl Buys Beauty” is a thrashing insight into simple cosmetic and social-class truths that sound a bit harsh coming from an idealistic twentysomething young man. The youngster’s working-class convictions and Woody Guthrie–styled folk-singer approach is clearly evident with “Between the Wars” and “Which Side Are You On?,” songs that helped define Bragg as a socially aware performer, a distinction that over the decades has remained part of his core commitment.