The Internationale (album)

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The Internationale
The Internationale.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1990
RecordedJanuary–March 1990
StudioGateway Studios, London; Cathouse Studios, Streatham; Pier House Studios, Edinburgh
GenreFolk
Length19:23
LabelLiberation Records, Utility Records
ProducerGrant Showbiz, Wiggy
Billy Bragg chronology
Workers Playtime
(1988)
The Internationale
(1990)
The Peel Sessions Album
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(dud)[2]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[3]
Orlando Sentinel3/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[5]

The Internationale is a 1990 album by Billy Bragg. Originally released on Bragg's short-lived record label, Utility Records, it is a deliberately political album, consisting mainly of cover versions and rewrites of left-wing protest songs. Although Bragg is known for his association with left-wing causes, this release is unusual; most of Bragg's recordings balance overtly political songs with social observation and love songs.

Versions[edit]

The album was originally released as a seven-track EP in 1990.

In 2006, as part of a planned series of reissues of albums in his back catalogue, The Internationale was remastered and reissued along with the seven tracks from 1988's Live & Dubious EP and five bonus tracks. Also included is a bonus DVD titled Here and There containing live concerts from East Berlin, Nicaragua and the Soviet Union.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

Original album
  1. "The Internationale" (Pierre De Geyter, Billy Bragg) – 3:45
  2. "I Dreamed I Saw Phil Ochs Last Night" (Earl Robinson, Bragg) – 1:27
  3. "The Marching Song of the Covert Battalions" (Bragg) – 3:59
  4. "Blake's Jerusalem" (William Blake, Hubert Parry) – 2:30
  5. "Nicaragua Nicaraguita" (Carlos Mejía Godoy) – 1:06
  6. "The Red Flag" (Jim Connell, traditional) – 3:12
  7. "My Youngest Son Came Home Today" (Eric Bogle) – 3:04

    Live & Dubious EP
  8. "Introduction" (live) – 0:57
  9. "Help Save the Youth of America" (live) (Bragg) – 2:36
  10. "Think Again" (live) (Dick Gaughan) – 4:21
  11. "Chile Your Waters Run Red Through Soweto" (Bernice Johnson Reagon) – 3:09
  12. "Days Like These" (DC remix) (Bragg) – 2:40
  13. "To Have and to Have Not" (live) (Bragg) – 2:47
  14. "There Is Power in a Union" (with The Pattersons) (Bragg, George F. Root, traditional) – 3:27

    Bonus tracks
  15. "Joe Hill" (Phil Ochs) – 8:23
  16. "This Land Is Your Land" (Woody Guthrie) – 4:35
  17. "Never Cross a Picket Line" (Bragg) – 3:38
  18. "A Change Is Gonna Come" (Sam Cooke) – 3:58
  19. "A Miner's Life" (traditional) – 3:01

Bonus DVD[edit]

East Berlin DDR – February 1986
  1. "There Is Power in a Union" (live) (Bragg, Root, traditional) – 2:35
  2. "Between the Wars" (live) (Bragg) – 2:31

    Nicaragua – July 1987
  3. "Nicaragua Nicaraguita" (live) (Godoy) – 1:07

    Lithuania USSR – May 1988
  4. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (live) (Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong) – 2:07
  5. "To Have and to Have Not" (live) (Bragg) – 2:21
  6. "The Milkman of Human Kindness" (live) (Bragg) – 2:29
  7. "Island of No Return" (live) (Bragg) – 3:24
  8. "Introduction to Between the Wars" (live) – 3:15
  9. "Between the Wars" (live) (Bragg) – 2:21
  10. "The World Turned Upside Down" (live) (Leon Rosselson) – 3:02
  11. "Levi Stubbs' Tears" (live) (Bragg) – 3:15
  12. "Help Save the Youth of America" (live) (Bragg) – 2:36
  13. "A New England" (Bragg) – 2:04
  14. "Wishing the Days Away" (Bragg) – 4:15
  15. "People Get Ready" (Curtis Mayfield) / "Tupelo Honey" (Van Morrison) – 3:02
  16. "Star" (David Bowie) – 1:56
  17. "A13, Trunk Road to The Sea" (Bobby Troup) – 2:17

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Grant Showbiz – producer, reissue producer
  • Wiggy – producer, compiled by
  • Kenny Jones – producer
  • Charlie Llewellin – engineer
  • Derek Bolland – engineer
  • Peter Haigh – engineer
  • Step Parikian – engineer
  • Tim Young – remastered by
  • Duncan Cowell – remastered by

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cleary, David. "Billy Bragg - The Internationale". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (15 October 2000). "Billy Bragg". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishing. ISBN 9780312245603.
  3. ^ Sandow, Greg (6 July 1990). "Notable music for the week of July 6, 1990". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  4. ^ Fields, Curt (19 October 1990). "Billy Bragg". Orlando Sentinel.
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City: Simon and Schuster. p. 101. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.