2016 four CD set. Cooking Vinyl 1986 - 2016 brings together 70 of the finest tunes so far released by the Cooking Vinyl label including tracks by Oysterband, Cowboy Junkies, Tom Robinson, Bhundu Boys, Jackie Leven, Billy Bragg, The Wedding Present, Ani Difranco, Bert Jansch, The Church, Hayseed Dixie, American Music Club, Frank Black, Madness, Gary Numan, Amanda Palmer, Suzanne Vega, The Orb, Alison Moyet and many others.
New 2013 album from the beloved UK bard & his first in 5 years! Produced by Joe Henry & housed in a limited edition 'bookpack' featuring a DVD with 10 filmclips + a 36-page booklet with exclusive photos & BB's words of wisdom. "January Song," the bluesy leadoff track from veteran English folkie Billy Bragg's first solo outing since 2008's Mr. Love and Justice, begins with the lyric "I'm so tightly wound in tension" and ends with "This is how the world ends," signaling a shift from the stalwart political activism of previous outings to a more internalized dialogue that suggests a subtle re-positioning of the magnifying glass.
Two CD compilation featuring the complete recordings from this folk-rock band. Recorded between 1970-72, this set includes their three albums Joy Of Cooking, Closer To The Ground and Castles.
"Anchorage" is the fondest friend-from-a-former-life song you've ever heard. The East Texas barn burning, driving lesson, and beer run evoke the bored fun of a rural adolescence like nothing you could imagine. Shocked understands the tougher formal challenges of protest and metaphoric flight, too, especially on the unclassifiable "When I Grow Up." The Jean Ritchie cover seems unsuitably traditional until you realize it's Jean Ritchie. And the uncredited punk-rock extra reminds us that this singer-songwriter puts music second, just like they all do. R. Christgau
Edward II (known also as EII, and previously as Edward II and the Red Hot Polkas and e2K) is an English band named for King Edward II, which play a fusion of world music, English folk and reggae. Active from 1985, the band broke up after losing several key members in 1999, relaunching as "e2K" in 2000.