- Number of Discs: 4
- Released: May 16, 2005
- Label: Jsp Records
Personnel: Big Bill Broonzy (vocals, guitar); Washboard Sam (vocals); George Barnes (guitar); Odell Rand (clarinet); Buster Bennett (alto saxophone); Alfred Bell, Punch Miller (trumpet); Aletha Robinson, Black Bob Hudson, Joshua Altheimer, Albert Ammons, Blind John Davis (piano); Fred Williams (drums).
Liner Note Author: Neil Slaven.
Recording information: Carnegie Hall, New York, NY (01/31/1937-04/17/1940); Chicago, IL (01/31/1937-04/17/1940).
The second volume in JSP's Big Bill Broonzy retrospective is four discs long, covering the bluesman's years in Chicago and New York. What is astonishing is that there are 100 tracks here. While it's true that there are many alternate takes for the sake of the historical record, nonetheless, when combined with volume one, this accounts for a prolific output by the singer and guitarist. Each disc is fully annotated with session information. Some of the musicians on these sessions include Blind John Davis, Washboard Sam, Punch Miller, Black Bob, and Ransom Knowling. The sound is good to very good indeed, as the music here has been completely remastered. Presentation is sparse but more than serviceable, and as always with JSP, the price is excellent. Neil Slaven wrote biographical liner notes for the set.. ~ Thom Jurek