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Mermaid Avenue Vol. II is a 2000 album of previously unheard lyrics written by American folk singer Woody Guthrie, put to music written and performed by British singer Billy Bragg and American band Wilco. It continues the project originally conceived by Guthrie's daughter, Nora Guthrie which resulted in the release of Mermaid Avenue in 1998. Both volumes were collected in a 2012 box set along with volume three as Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions.

Mermaid Avenue Vol. II
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Studio album by Billy Bragg and Wilco
Released 30 May 2000
Recorded Boston, Chicago, and Dublin
Genre Folk rock
Length 49:47
Label Elektra
Producer Wilco, Billy Bragg, Grant Showbiz
Billy Bragg chronology
Reaching to the Converted
(1999)Reaching to the Converted1999
Mermaid Avenue Vol. II
(2000)
England, Half-English
(2002)England, Half-English2002
Wilco chronology
Summerteeth
(1999) Summerteeth1999
Mermaid Avenue Vol. II
(2000) Mermaid Avenue Vol. II2000
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
(2002) Yankee Hotel Foxtrot2002
Billy Bragg & Wilco chronology
Mermaid Avenue
(1998) Mermaid Avenue1998
Mermaid Avenue Vol. II
(2000) Mermaid Avenue Vol. II2000
Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions
(2012) Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions2012
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 82/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
Chicago Sun-Times 3.5/4 stars[3]
Christgau's Consumer Guide A−[4]
Entertainment Weekly B+[5]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork 6.3/10[7]
Q 4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[10]
Spin 7/10[11]

Man in the Sand, a documentary about the collaboration between Bragg and Wilco, was released in 1999.

Contents

Track listingEdit

  1. "Airline to Heaven" – 4:50
  2. "My Flying Saucer" – 1:45
    • Words: Guthrie 1950. Music: Billy Bragg 1995.
  3. "Feed of Man" – 4:08
    • Words: Guthrie. Music: Tweedy 1998
  4. "Hot Rod Hotel" – 3:17
    • Words: Guthrie 1949. Music: Bragg 1996.
  5. "I Was Born"  – 1:50
  6. "Secret of the Sea" – 2:42
    • Words: Guthrie 1939. Music: Bennett/Tweedy 1999.
  7. "Stetson Kennedy" – 2:39
    • Words: Guthrie 1950. Music: Bragg 1997.
  8. "Remember the Mountain Bed" – 6:26
    • Words: Guthrie 1944. Music: Tweedy/Bennett 1999.
  9. "Blood of the Lamb" – 4:16
    • Words: Guthrie 1955. Music: Tweedy/Bennett 1999.
  10. "Aginst th' Law" – 3:03
    • Words: Guthrie 1947. Music: Bragg 1995.
  11. "All You Fascists" – 2:43
    • Words: Guthrie 1942. Music: Bragg 1997.
  12. "Joe DiMaggio Done It Again" – 2:31
    • Words: Guthrie 1949. Music: Bragg 1995.
  13. "Meanest Man" – 3:46
    • Words: Guthrie 1945. Music: Bragg 1997.
  14. "Black Wind Blowing" – 3:00
    • Words: Guthrie. Music: Bragg 1997.
  15. "Someday Some Morning Sometime" – 2:53
    • Words: Guthrie 1948. Music: Tweedy 2000.

PersonnelEdit

  • Jeff Tweedy - guitar, vocal, clapping, Mellotron, cabasa, 12 string guitar, slide guitar, mandolin, Wurlitzer
  • Jay Bennett - guitar, backing vocal, slide guitar, shaker, saw, 12 string guitar, B3 organ, Leslie pedals, Farfisa organ, mandolin, piano, tambourine, electric sitar, soloing, nylon string guitar, banjo, harmonica, drums, upright bass, Delayaphone, bells
  • John Stirratt - bass, backing vocal, claps, upright bass, baritone guitar
  • Billy Bragg - guitar, vocal, resonator guitar
  • Ken Coomer - drums, tape box, tambourine, percussion, backing vocal, hollering, kick drum, gas heater
Additional Musicians
  • Mike Henry - backing vocal on "My Flying Saucer"
  • Natalie Merchant - guest lead vocal on "I Was Born"
  • Leroy Bach - piano on "Remember The Mountain Bed"
  • Corey Harris - guest lead vocal and acoustic guitar on "Against Th' Law"
  • Eliza Carthy - violin on "Joe DiMaggio Has Done It Again"

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Reviews for Mermaid Avenue Vol. II by Billy Bragg & Wilco". Metacritic. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Mermaid Avenue, Vol. 2 – Billy Bragg / Wilco". AllMusic. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ Wisser, Jeff (June 4, 2000). "Billy Bragg & Wilco, 'Mermaid Avenue, Vol. II' (Elektra)". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved November 29, 2012. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Drafts for Rhapsody, 2007". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved December 18, 2015. 
  5. ^ Hermes, Will (June 2, 2000). "Mermaid Avenue Volume 2". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ Denselow, Robin (May 26, 2000). "Billy Bragg and Wilco: Mermaid Avenue Vol 2 (Warner East West)". The Guardian. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ Kearney, Ryan (June 30, 2000). "Billy Bragg / Wilco: Mermaid Avenue, Vol. II". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Billy Bragg and Wilco: Mermaid Avenue Vol. II". Q (166): 112. July 2000. 
  9. ^ Kot, Greg (June 22, 2000). "Mermaid Avenue, Vol. II". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 
  10. ^ Kot, Greg (2004). "Wilco". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 873–74. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  11. ^ Gehr, Richard (July 2000). "Billy Bragg & Wilco: Mermaid Avenue Volume 2". Spin. 16 (7): 159–60. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 

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