The Internationale (album)

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The Internationale
The Internationale.jpg
Studio album by Billy Bragg
Released May 1990
Recorded January–March 1990
Gateway Studios, Cathouse Studio and Pier House Studio
Genre Folk
Length 19:23
Label Liberation Records, Utility Records
Producer Grant Showbiz, Wiggy
Billy Bragg chronology
Workers Playtime
(1988)Workers Playtime1988
The Internationale
(1990)
The Peel Sessions Album
(1991)The Peel Sessions Album1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly A−[2]
Robert Christgau (dud)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[4]

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. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Billy Bragg". Robert Christgau. 
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City: Simon and Schuster. p. 101. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.