When American folk legend Woody Guthrie died in 1967 at the age of 55, he left behind a trove of more than
one thousand sets of complete lyrics with no music. In 1995, his daughter Nora approached English singer-songwriter and
activist Billy Bragg and about the possibility of bringing these unheard songs to life by setting them to new music. Wilco
came aboard soon after, and in 1998 Mermaid Avenue was released to critical acclaim, receiving a Grammy nomination
for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Mermaid Avenue, Vol. II followed in 2000, and together the two have sold more than
500,000 copies to date.
The original vinyl pressing of Mermaid Avenue, Vol I has long been out of print and hard to find. This edition brings the
record back to vinyl on two 180 gram LPs in a gatefold double-pocket wrapped jacket, with original artwork.
ARTIST & INFO
Hometown: Chicago, IL (Wilco); London, England (Billy Bragg)
Band Members: Jeff Tweedy (guitars, harmonica, lead
vocals), Billy Bragg (guitars, lead vocals); Jay Bennett (guitars, keyboards, percussion, background vocals); Ken Coomer
(drums, percussion); John Stirratt (bass, background vocals)
Since forming in the mid 1990's around singer-songwriter and former Uncle Tupelo member Jeff Tweedy, Chicago-based
Wilco have released more than 10 records (including the masterpiece Yankee Hotel Foxtrot), won two Grammy Awards,
toured the world, had a movie made about them, written a book, and won near universal critical acclaim at every turn.
English singer-songwriter and activist Billy Bragg's career spans more than 30 years and a dozen records. He was a
leading figure in the anti-folk movement of the 1980s, and become known for his biting lyrics and memorable melodies as
well as his involvement in left-wing political causes.
Executive Producer: Nora Guthrie
Produced by Wilco and Billy Bragg with Grant Showbiz
Packaging Specs: Gatefold double-pocket wrapped jacket, with original artwork.
Vinyl Details: 2LP, 180 Gram Vinyl
01 Walt Whitman's Niece
02 California Stars - By Billy Bragg and Wilco
03 Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key
01 Birds And Ships (Featuring Natalie Merchant) - By Billy Bragg & Wilco Featuring Natalie Merchant
02 Hoodoo Voodoo - By Billy Bragg and Wilco
03 She Came Along To Me
04 At My Window Sad And Lonely
01 Ingrid Bergman
02 Christ For President
03 I Guess I Planted
04 One By One
01 Eisler On The Go
02 Hesitating Beauty
03 Another Man's Done Gone
04 The Unwelcome Guest