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Reaching to the Converted


Download links and information about Reaching to the Converted by Billy Bragg. This album was released in 1999 and it belongs to Rock, Folk Rock, World Music, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist, Psychedelic genres. It contains 17 tracks with total duration of 52:47 minutes.

Artist: Billy Bragg
Release date: 1999
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, World Music, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist, Psychedelic
Tracks: 17
Duration: 52:47
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No. Title Length
1. Shirley 3:35
2. Sulk 3:48
3. Accident Waiting to Happen (Red Star Version) 3:49
4. The Boy Done Good 3:23
5. Heart Like a Wheel 2:47
6. Bad Penny 2:34
7. Ontario Quebec and Me 2:44
8. Walk Away Renee 2:25
9. Rule nor Reason 3:13
10. Days Like These (GB Version) 2:21
11. Think Again 3:34
12. Scholarship Is the Enemy of Romance 2:23
13. Wishing the Days Away (Ballad Version) 4:37
14. The Tatler 3:41
15. Jeane 2:53
16. She’s Leaving Home 3:03
17. I Don’t Need This Pressure Ron 1:57



Though his album output kept at a modest dependable pace throughout two decades, electric British folk singer Billy Bragg accumulated enough stray tracks over his decades of service to put together this surprisingly cohesive collection of b-sides, rarities, and covers. A demo version of “Greetings to the New Brunette” (here called “Shirley”) is tougher and denser than the proper album version from 1986’s Talking with the Taxman About Poetry, with Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr substituting his jangle with power chords. “Sulk” hardly deserved its obscure b-side status. “Accident Waiting to Happen” motors along with greater ease than the official version. “Wishing the Days Away” sounds even grimmer and starker in this alternate take. Most fun are the eclectic covers. The Left Banke’s “Walk Away Renee,” The Smiths’ “Jeane," and The Beatles’ “She’s Leaving Home” are among the reinterpreted, given a special Bragg twist (“Renee” receives a narrative unlike any other that only delivers the melody instrumentally). Bragg’s exceedingly pronounced British accent often reveals different emotional points for American ears.