William Bloke

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William Bloke
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Studio album by Billy Bragg
Released September 10, 1996
Genre Rock, folk
Length 41:15
Label Cooking Vinyl
Producer Grant Showbiz
Billy Bragg chronology
Don't Try This at Home
(1991)
William Bloke
(1996)
Bloke on Bloke
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press 5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B[3]
NME (7/10)[2]
Q 4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[4]
Spin (7/10)[2]

William Bloke is the seventh album by alternative folk artist Billy Bragg, released in 1996, five years after his last studio album. The lyrics to "A Pict Song" are by English poet Rudyard Kipling. The lyrics to "Goalhanger" use the first verse of "The Little Man Who Wasn't There".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Billy Bragg; except where indicated

  1. "From Red to Blue"
  2. "Upfield"
  3. "Everybody Loves You Babe"
  4. "Sugar Daddy"
  5. "A Pict Song" (words: Rudyard Kipling)
  6. "Brickbat"
  7. "The Space Race Is Over"
  8. "Northern Industrial Town"
  9. "The Fourteenth of February"
  10. "King James Version"
  11. "Goalhanger"

The LP version also includes a final track, "Qualifications". The 2006 Reissue includes a second CD, with the following track listing:

  1. "As Long As You Hold Me" [demo]
  2. "Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet" [demo]
  3. "Sugardaddy" [demo]
  4. "Space Race Is Over" [demo]
  5. "Goalhanger" [demo]
  6. "Upfield" [demo]
  7. "Fourteenth of February" [demo]
  8. "Qualifications"
  9. "Never Had No One Ever"
  10. "Thatcherites"
  11. "All Fall Down"

Personnel[edit]

  • Billy Bragg - guitar, vocals
  • Terry Disley - Hammond B3 organ (1), strings (9), string arrangement
  • Fionn O'Lochlainn - bass (2,4)
  • J.F.T. Hood - drums, percussion (2,4,7,9,11)
  • Cara Tivey - organ, piano (2,3,4,7,9,11)
  • Terry Edwards - saxophone (2,11)
  • Caroline Hall - trombone (2,11)
  • Dave Woodhead - trumpet (2,11), flugelhorn (4), strings (6), brass arrangement
  • Deirdre Cooper - cello (6,9)
  • Chris Morgan - double bass (7,10)
  • Chucho Merchan - double bass (9)
  • Ashley Dreea - mandolin (10)
  • Nigel Frydman - bass (11)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ William Bloke at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b c d "Billy Bragg - William Bloke CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  3. ^ Flaherty, Mike (1996-09-20). "William Bloke Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  4. ^ Moon, Tom (1998-02-02). "Billy Bragg: William Bloke : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2013-06-04.