By 1987, Bragg's records were no longer one-man affairs. While Bragg layered on piano, backing vocals, pretty guitar, and other assorted horns n' strings he began to slowly bury that raw-as-hell guitar and that rough-as-hell voice.
The good news for those of us who love our Bragg performance free of violin, flugelhorn and that damnably tinkly piano sound he favours, there's a tonne of great sounding boots made during this period where Billy still toured solo. This one from Wellington in 1987 includes a slew of tracks from the excellent (despite the excessive fiddly bits) album Greetings to the New Brunette all roughed up.
So do you think Braggy's ever-slicker production took away from his music or added to it? Leave us a COMMENT (and don't forget that is is where you'll find the Live in Wellington link).
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