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Talking with the Taxman about Poetry (1986)

Billy Bragg
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Talking with the Taxman about Poetry is the third release (second full length album) by Billy Bragg, released in 1986. With production by John Porter and Kenny Jones, Talking with the Taxman about Poetry featured more musicians than Bragg's previous works, which were generally little more than Bragg himself and a guitar. There were two singles released from the album. While "Levi Stubbs' Tears" peaked at #29 in the UK, the follow-up "Greetings To The New Brunette" fell short, only managing #58 a few months later.
The album's title is also the title of a Vladimir Mayakovsky poem.
The song "There Is Power in a Union" is based on the song "Battle Cry of Freedom".
"Levi Stubbs' Tears" refers to songwriter Barrett Strong, producer Norman Whitfield, the members of the Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting and production team as well as Levi Stubbs and the Four Tops.
The original album cover has the subtitle "The Difficult Third Album".
All tracks written by Billy Bragg, except where noted

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3:31 Greetings to the New Brunette
2:12 Train Train
3:31 Levi Stubbs' Tears
2:48 There Is Power in a Union
2:29 Wishing the Days Away
3:57 The Warmest Room
4:12 The Home Front
3:27 Ideology
4:07 Honey I'm a Big Boy Now
2:31 The Marriage
2:48 Help Save the Youth of America
2:54 The Passion
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