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Mermaid Avenue Vol. III [LP]

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  • All Three "Mermaid Avenue" Volumes Now on Vinyl

    On the acclaimed Mermaid Avenue albums, Billy Bragg and Wilco put music to lyrics by folk legend Woody Guthrie for which he had not written music or made recordings. Nonesuch Records has now reissued the first two volumes on vinyl and release, for the first time on vinyl, a third volume comprising 17 previously unreleased recordings made during the original sessions, which was first released in the 2012 three-CD-plus-DVD set Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions. Each volume is pressed on 2-LP, 180-gram vinyl at Pallas MFG in Diepholz, Germany. 

  • Nonesuch Records to Release Three "Mermaid Avenue" Volumes on Vinyl for Black Friday, November 29

    On the acclaimed Mermaid Avenue albums, Billy Bragg and Wilco put music to lyrics by folk legend Woody Guthrie for which he had not written music or made recordings. On Black Friday, November 29, 2013, Nonesuch Records will reissue the first two volumes on vinyl and release, for the first time on vinyl, a third volume comprising 17 previously unreleased recordings made during the original sessions, which was first released in the 2012 three-CD-plus-DVD set Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions. Each volume is pressed on 2-LP, 180-gram vinyl at Pallas MFG in Diepholz, Germany. The albums are available to pre-order in the Nonesuch Store.

About this Album

When American folk legend Woody Guthrie died in 1967, at the age of 55, among his stored belongings were thousands of complete song lyrics for which he had not written out music or made recordings. Many of them had been written in the 1940s and ’50s, in the Guthrie family home on Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island, Brooklyn. The lyrics remained in boxes for decades, but once his daughter Nora found them in the 1990s, she knew they had to be shared. She approached English singer-songwriter and activist Billy Bragg to select some to set to music. The Chicago rock band Wilco came aboard soon after, with Jeff Tweedy writing music—along with his late bandmate Jay Bennett on some songs—and the band recording with both Tweedy and Bragg on vocals. Natalie Merchant joined the group to sing a duet with Bragg and two solo songs, and guitarist/singer Corey Harris, who wrote two songs and co-wrote one, performed on many tracks.

In 1998, the first batch of songs was released to critical acclaim as Mermaid Avenue, receiving a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Folk Album. This second volume followed in 2000. This third volume, released in conjunction with Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions 3CD+DVD set in 2012, comprises 17 previously unreleased recordings from the original sessions.

Nonesuch Records releases the vinyl edition of this third volume on Black Friday, November 29, 2013. The album is pressed on 2-LP, 180-gram vinyl at Pallas MFG in Diepholz, Germany. Nonesuch Store orders include a download of the complete album available starting release day.

Credits

MUSICIANS
Billy Bragg, resonator guitar (1, 10), vocal (1, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 13, 14, 17), guitar (2, 4), electric guitar (5, 11, 14, 17), tenor banjo (7, 13), acoustic guitar (9), keyboards (11), mandolin (15), backing vocal (16)
Jay Bennett, keyboards (2, 6, 11), banjo (4, 8, 17), melodica (4), backing vocal (4), mandolin (8, 17), harmonica (8), acoustic guitar (9), piano (11, 15), organ (14), Hammond B3 (15), Farfisa bass pedals (15), high-strung Epiphone guitar (17)
Ken Coomer, drums (2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 14, 15), percussion (8), tambourine (11), whistle (11), small drum drums (17)
Bob Egan, pedal steel guitar (2)
Corey Harris, lap steel (2, 11), acoustic guitar (3, 16), vocal (3, 16), guitar (15), electric guitar (17)
John Stirratt, bass (2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 14, 15, 17), bass guitar (12)
Jeff Tweedy, acoustic guitar (2, 3, 8, 9, 11, 12, 15, 17), vocal (2, 6, 8, 12, 15), guitar (6) , 12-string electric guitar (11), electric guitar (14), lead electric guitar (15)
Eliza Carthy, violin (4, 7, 13)
Ben Ivitsky, viola (5, 13)
Glenn Kotche, drums (12), percussion [Jim Scott's cash and garden tools] (12)
Mikael Jorgensen, Hammond B3 (12), Leslie cab (12)
Nels Cline, lap steel (12)
Patrick Sansone, harpsichord (12)
Leslie Feist, a garden tool (12)

Words by Woody Guthrie (1, 3-17), Will D. Cobb (2). Music by Billy Bragg (1, 4, 5, 7, 9-11, 13, 14, 17); Jeff Tweedy (2, 6, 8); Corey Harris (3, 16); Woody Guthrie (12); Jeff Tweedy / Jay Bennett (15)

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