Billy Bragg & Wilco – Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions (Nonesuch / Warner Music Canada)

In 1998 and 2000, Billy Bragg and Wilco released a pair of records where they set music to lyrics left behind by folk legend Woody Guthrie. This Record Store Day 2012 release collects both of those records along with a disc of largely unreleased material, which they have dubbed as Volume 3 in addition to a DVD documentary of the making of the records. Musically, the records owe much to Bragg and Wilco’s individual styles. Running the gamut from delicate folk to punk-influenced songs, this set serves as a wondrous tribute to the uncompromising spirit of Guthrie, the likes of whom we will never see again.