Protest Songs – A Pictorial History

Protest Songs was recorded quickly as an antidote to the studied process that had led to “Steve McQueen”. It collected together some older songs and was supposed to have been released in a very limited edition towards the end of 1985. However fate intervened and “When Love Breaks Down” charted, the label advised against splitting sales between “Steve McQueen” and “Protest Songs”. The album was shelved.

However copies had slipped the net, and the album was very widely bootlegged. Eventually in 1989 it received a full release in a slightly modified format.

This slideshow shows off some of the items in my collection and elsewhere relating to the album, which is I think my favourite Prefab Sprout record. Mouse over the pictures to see captions.

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