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record store day 2012 release. for the first time, nonesuch releases the complete recordings from the project in one box set. 'mermaid avenue: the complete sessions' includes: 'mermaid avenue'. 'mermaid avenue vol 2' (remastered). 'mermaid avenue vol 3'; a third disc of 17 previously unreleased recordings made during the mermaid avenue sessions. 'man in the sand', the 1999 full-length documentary of the mermaid avenue sessions. 48 page full-colour booklet with liner notes by geoffrey himes and greil marcus, full lyrics, archival photographs, and facsimiles of lyric sheets and sketches by woody guthrie. musicians: jeff tweedy (guitars, harmonica, lead vocals), billy bragg (guitars, lead vocals), jay bennett (guitars, keyboards, percussion, background vocals), ken coomer (drums, percussion), john stirratt (bass, background vocals). guest artists: natalie merchant (vocals), corey harris (guitar, lap steel, vocals), eliza carthy (violin), ben ivitsky (viola), bob egan (pedal steel).
description from www.roughtrade.com
For those who haven’t heard the originals, this is as opportune a moment as any to unearth some of the strongest songs in either artist's back catalogue from a pair of albums that tend to merit small mention in discussion of their discographies.»