Big Bill Broonzy Complete Recorded Works, Volume 7 (1937-1938) [Import]
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by Big Bill Broonzy ~ The Complete Recorded Works, Volume 11: 1940-1942
- Released: October 1, 1992
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Document
- 1.Made Me A Date With An Angel (Got No Walking Shoes) (Take 2)
- 2.Play Your Hand
- 3.Hattie Blues (Take 3)
- 4.Somebody's Got To Go
- 5.Good Boy
- 6.I Want You By My Side
- 7.Border Blues
- 8.Sweetheart Land
- 9.It's A Low Down Dirty Shame
- 10.Got To Get Ready Tonight
- 11.Trucking Little Woman
- 12.Unemployment Stomp
- 13.Why Do You Do That To Me
- 14.It's Your Time Now
- 15.I'll Start Cutting On You
- 16.Sad Letter Blues
- 17.The Mill Man Blues
- 18.I'll Do Anything For You
- 19.Sad Pencil Blues
- 20.New Shake-Em On Down
- 21.Night Time Is The Right Time No. 2
- 22.Let Me Dig It
- 23.W.P.A. Rag
Contains 23 tracks.
Personnel: Big Bill Broonzy (vocals, guitar); George Barnes (electric guitar); Bill Owsley (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Buster Bennett (alto saxophone); Walter Williams , Punch Miller (trumpet); Joshua Altheimer, Blind John Davis (piano); Fred Williams (drums).
Liner Note Author: Keith Briggs.
Recording information: 10/13/1937-09/15/1938.
Big Bill Broonzy's 1930s recordings (reissued in full on this extensive series of Document CDs) are remarkably consistent and have an impressive amount of variety within the blues idiom. During the 11 months covered by this seventh volume, Broonzy recorded as part of three different trios with either Blind John Davis or Joshua Altheimer on piano and Fred Williams, Bill Settles or Ransom Knowling on bass; a "modern" quartet with tenorman Bill Owsley and the pioneering electric guitar of George Barnes (on Mar. 1, 1938); and with a few slightly expanded groups, including one with trumpeter Punch Miller. Broonzy was open to the influence of swing (thus the occasional horns) while sticking to his Chicago blues base. Such numbers as "Hattie Blues," "Somebody's Got to Go," "It's a Low Down Dirty Shame," "Unemployment Stomp," "Night Time Is the Right Time No. 2" and "W.P.A. Rag" show off his versatility and talents. ~ Scott Yanow
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