Editors’ Notes As its title implies, this is the Complete set of tunes recorded by Billy Bragg and Wilco, featuring their music and Woody Guthrie's lyrics. It includes the two previously issued volumes of Mermaid Avenue (named for the street of the Guthrie family's Coney Island home) and a third vault-clearing volume where the tunes are a bit sparser and less fully orchestrated in spots. It makes sense, these being the songs that the musicians decided not to further pursue. Despite that caveat, there's still plenty to recommend. The gloomy beauty of "Bugeye Jim" and "Where the Roses Bloom Again" (best known in a heartbreaking version by classic retro-country's Laura Cantrell and previously available on the now out-of-print Chelsea Walls soundtrack), the full-band pulse of "Be Kind to the Boy on the Road," and the shuffling sway of "Ain't a Gonna Grieve" are sweet counterparts to the already-known "California Stars," "Ingrid Bergman," and "Remember the Mountain Bed." Guthrie's daughter Nora couldn't have asked for better from these musicians in bringing new life to a man whose legacy deserves to live and breathe in the contemporary air. 

SONG
Mermaid Avenue
Walt Whitman's Niece
1
 
California Stars
2
 
Way Over Yonder In the Minor Key
3
 
Birds and Ships (feat. Natalie Merchant)
4
 
Hoodoo Voodoo
5
 
She Came Along to Me
6
 
At My Window Sad and Lonely
7
 
Ingrid Bergman
8
 
Christ for President
9
 
I Guess I Planted
10
 
One By One
11
 
Eisler On the Go
12
 
Hesitating Beauty
13
 
Another Man's Done Gone
14
 
The Unwelcome Guest
15
 
Mermaid Avenue Vol. II
Airline to Heaven
1
 
My Flying Saucer
2
 
Feed of Man
3
 
Hot Rod Hotel
4
 
I Was Born
5
 
Secret of the Sea
6
 
Stetson Kennedy
7
 
Remember the Mountain Bed
8
 
Blood of the Lamb
9
 
Aginst th' Law
10
 
All You Fascists
11
 
Joe Dimaggio Done It Again
12
 
Meanest Man
13
 
Black Wind Blowing
14
 
Someday Some Morning Sometime
15
 
Mermaid Avenue Vol. III
Bugeye Jim
1
 
When the Roses Bloom Again
2
 
Gotta Work
3
 
My Thirty Thousand
4
 
Ought to Be Satisfied Now
5
 
Listening to the Wind That Blows
6
 
Go Down to the Water
7
 
Chain of Broken Hearts
8
 
Jailcell Blues
9
 
Don't You Marry
10
 
Give Me a Nail
11
 
The Jolly Banker
12
 
Union Prayer
13
 
Be Kind to the Boy On the Road
14
 
Ain'ta Gonna Grieve
15
 
Tea Bag Blues
16
 
I'm Out to Get
17
 

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