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Workers Playtime


Download links and information about Workers Playtime by Billy Bragg. This album was released in 1988 and it belongs to Rock, Folk Rock, World Music, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist, Psychedelic genres. It contains 22 tracks with total duration of 01:24:04 minutes.

Artist: Billy Bragg
Release date: 1988
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, World Music, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist, Psychedelic
Tracks: 22
Duration: 01:24:04
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No. Title Length
1. She's Got a New Spell 3:25
2. Must I Paint You a Picture 5:32
3. Tender Comrade 2:50
4. The Price I Pay 3:34
5. Little Time Bomb 2:17
6. Rotting On Remand 3:39
7. Valentine's Day Is Over 4:53
8. Life With the Lions 3:06
9. The Only One 3:26
10. The Short Answer 4:59
11. Waiting for the Great Leap Forwar 4:36
12. The Only One (Demo) 3:36
13. The Price I Pay (Demo) 4:01
14. Love Has No Pride 3:35
15. That's Entertainment 3:53
16. She's Got a New Spell (Alternate Version) 2:44
17. The Short Answer (Alternate Version) 5:21
18. Little Time Bomb (Alternate Version) 2:21
19. Bad Penny (Demo) 3:05
20. Reason to Believe (Live) 2:12
21. Must I Paint You a Picture (Extended Version) 7:13
22. Raglan Road (Live) 3:46



By the time Billy Bragg began recording Workers Playtime in the fall of 1987, he'd gone from a rabble-rousing leftist songwriter and D.I.Y. one-man punk band to a bona fide pop star in the U.K., and had won a sizable cult following (and a major-label recording contract) in the United States. In addition, Bragg had begun expanding the stark sound of his early recordings on his 1986 album Talking with the Taxman About Poetry, and the sessions for Workers Playtime found Bragg and producer Joe Boyd building actual arrangements around his tunes as he struggled to balance a broader and more eclectic musical approach with the small-p politics that were his stock in trade. This struggle is practically audible on Workers Playtime, and this time out Bragg's songs about the ups and downs of relationships outnumber (and are more satisfying than) his polemics, and he seems torn between the comfort of the spartan simplicity of numbers like "The Only One," "Valentine's Day Is Over," and "Must I Paint You a Picture" and the more expansive approach of the rollicking "Life with the Lions" and the appropriately mysterious "She's Got a New Spell." Significantly, two of the album's most explicitly political numbers, "Rotting on Remand" and "Tender Comrade," are also the least satisfying tracks here, and the album reaches its finest moment when Bragg musically and lyrically faces the contradictions of this turning point in his career head on with the splendid final number, "Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards." Workers Playtime has a number of pearly moments, but it was also Bragg's first genuine disappointment, and was the first step in the uncertain second act of his recording career.