Post was removed due to excessive leeching - 58 downloads in half a day without even so much as a civil answer to my question - but restored thanks to those people who are willing to leave behind a much-appreciated comment.
Bragg's grown harder to follow over the years but he never got boring or even predictable, after all who would've foreseen seen him roping in an American band like Wilco to help him write and record new music for a bunch of old Woody Guthrie lyrics?
The partnership made for a bunch of great press back in the very late nineties for Bragg, especially as Nora Guthrie has explicitly anointed him as the man for the job and made for a fine mid-career rally. These demos, courtesy of Alphish, show how the project developed. Personally, I prefer Billy's songs to Wilco's, hands down.
(Note songs listed on the back cover shown below that were later officially issued on Mermaid Ave. Volume II have been excised.)
Mermaid Street Demos link is back in the comments, third entry.
Speaking of comments, who has the better songs on the project; Billy or Wilco?
Plus I need to know if the .rar's on rapidshare and mediafire are unpacking for you guys because some people have been having problems.
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