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Four Classic Albums Plus [Big Bill's Blues / Big Bill Broonzy Sings The Blues / Folk Blues / The Blues]

Big Bill Broonzy Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Avid Roots
  • ASIN: B003DKF0T0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,873 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Big Bill's Blues: Bossie Woman 5:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Big Bill's Blues: Texas Tornado 5:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Big Bill's Blues: Tell Me What Kind Of Man Jesus Is 3:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Big Bill's Blues: Trouble In Mind 3:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Big Bill's Blues: See See Rider 6:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Big Bill's Blues: When I've Been Drinkin' 4:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Big Bill's Blues: Martha 4:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Big Bill's Blues: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot 2:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Big Bill's Blues: Key To The Highway 3:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Big Bill's Blues: Goodbye Baby Blues 4:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Big Bill Broonzy Sings The Blues: Big Bill's Guitar Blues 4:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Big Bill Broonzy Sings The Blues: Somebody's Got To Go 3:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Big Bill Broonzy Sings The Blues: Water Coast 3:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Big Bill Broonzy Sings The Blues: Take This Ole Hammer 2:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Big Bill Broonzy Sings The Blues: Diggin' My Potatoes 4:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Big Bill Broonzy Sings The Blues: Rock Me Baby 6:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Big Bill Broonzy Sings The Blues: Careless Love 4:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. I Love My Whiskey from 1949 sessions 3:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. You've Been Mistreating Me Baby from 1949 sessions 2:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Folk Blues: John Henry 3:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Folk Blues: Crawdad 2:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Folk Blues: Bill Bailey 3:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Folk Blues: Make My Get Away 3:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Folk Blues: Blue Tail Fly 3:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Folk Blues: Bessie Smith (Backwater Blues) 3:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Folk Blues: Leroy Carr (In The Evening) 3:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Folk Blues: Richard Jones (Trouble In Mind) 2:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. The Blues: Walkin' The Lonesome Road 3:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen29. The Blues: Mopper's Blues 2:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen30. The Blues: Get Back 3:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen31. The Blues: Hey, Hey 2:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen32. The Blues: Willie Mae 2:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen33. The Blues: Stump Blues 3:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen34. The Blues: I Know She Will 3:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen35. The Blues: Hollerin' Blues 3:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen36. The Blues: Leavin' Day 3:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen37. The Blues: Southbound Train 3:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen38. The Blues: You Changed 2:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen39. The Blues: Tomorrow 2:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen40. I Stay Blue All The Time from 1949 sessions 2:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen41. Water Coast from 1949 sessions 2:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen42. Five Feet Seven from 1949 sessions 3:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen43. I Wonder from 1949 sessions 2:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen44. Keep Your Hands Off Her from 1949 sessions 3:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen45. Mindin' My Own Business from 1949 sessions 3:120.79  Buy MP3 

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AVID Roots here presents four classic Big Bill Broonzy albums plus, including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD. 'Big Bill's Blues', 'Big Bill Broonzy Sings the Blues', 'Folk Blues' and 'The Blues'. A special note about this collection is that 'Big Bill Blues' and 'Sings the Blues' appear on CD for the first time!! Born in Mississippi in 1893 Big Bill Broonzy was one of the last of the great blues singers still alive and singing in the late 1950's and 1960's. Most of the greats had passed on or disappeared into obscurity after early recording careers has faltered way back in the 1920's and 1930's. In Big Bills own words "Leroy Carr, he's gone, Big Maceo, he's gone, Jim Johnson, Ol' Lead, they're gone. If I don't sing the blues, who will? Maybe the blues will die someday. But I'll have to die first". Across these four classic albums you will hear why Big Bill Broonzy was considered to be one of the greatest blues singers of all time. Singing a cross section of his own songs and that of such legends as Leroy Carr, Bessie Smith, Gus Cannon and Richard Jones, Bill performs each in his own inimitable way with is own style of singing and his own unique brand of guitar playing! All four albums plus, have been digitally re-mastered for probably the finest sound quality ever!

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HE PLAYED BLUES ALL THE TIME 21 April 2010
By Barry McCanna TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is a miscellany of Big Bill Broonzy's fifties recordings. The first CD begins with "Big Bill's Blues", ten recordings made in February 1956 in Philips studios in Holland, which the original sleeve note represents as a private party rather than a recording session, presumably to deflect the charge of commercialism. That is followed by "Big Bill Broonzy Sings The Blues", nine recordings made a week earlier in Paris with Kansas Fields on drums, and issued in full on a French 10" LP, and minus "Diggin' My Potatoes" on two UK EPs.

The second CD starts off with "Folk Blues", eight numbers recorded in Chicago in December 1951 with Big Crawford on bass, and the original sleeve note is at pains to establish Big Bill's credentials as an Arkansas farmer who played and sang as a kind of sideline, rather than in reality a Chicago-based musician and singer. That's followed by "The Blues", twelve numbers recorded in Chicago a month earlier, mainly with bass accompaniment, but for the last four numbers which feature a quartet accompaniment. In addition, a further eight tracks from early 1949 are included, two at the end of the first CD, the remainder at the end of the second CD.

Big Bill is immediately identifiable, first for his finger-picking guitar style, and secondly for his high-pitched delivery. He began recording in 1926, and in the early fifties he became an important figure within the emergent folk music revival. These recordings reprise some of his earlier successes, such as "Key to the Highway" which he had recorded with Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, "Get Back" and "Keep Your Hands Off Her", and I particularly like the instrumental "Big Bill's Guitar Blues". These are late recordings (he died in August 1958) which should be of interest to all blues enthusiasts.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Bill sang the Blues 21 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A great collection of recordings superbly remastered by the excellent budget lable AVID, they specialise in re-issuing classic recordings usually from the Jazz and Big band spectrum. However, they seem, to be branching out now in what they term as 'Roots' recordings.
Big Bill Broonzy was a far more sophisticated bluesman than he was portrayed, He spent the 1930's and early forties as part of the exodus of southern born Blues singers that descended on the windy city i.e. Chicago and played electric guitar.He worked the theatres and taverns and toured with Memphis Minnie. It was however the earnest folk archivists and John Hammond with his production of 'Spirituals to Swing' held at Carnegie Hall in place of the late Robert Johnson and the European trad jazzers that re- marketed him as nothing but a simple Arakansas farm boy! Well it worked and he sold out many a crowd and pleased them with 'retro' performances.
He recorded with the Mercury label in 1949 taking on the emerging R&B sound. It was in 1952 and after his final Mercury sessions that Broonzy fianlly reverted to his country blues style and recorded prolifically for a variety of European labels. Which is where we come in with this set.
I would rate this album very highly and recommend it to anyone lacking any Big Bill Broonzy in their Collection. Or maybe you have some worn vinyl copies, then this re-issue should remedy the problem!
The albums covered are 'Big Bills Blues' 'Big Bill Broonzy Sings the Blues', 'Folk Blues' and 'The Blues'.
The first part of the album are live recordings and they are sharp considering the sometimes poor quality of live recordings of that period. Go for it !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bluesy `n Broonzy 14 Jan 2014
By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER
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There are some blues singers who go very deep, to the extent of sounding at times positively scary, such as Son House, Howlin` Wolf or Robert Johnson. Others mine an equally deep seam, though perhaps a little less unsettling, like the urban sound of the peerless Muddy Waters or the seething Elmore James, for whom either the sun is shinin` or the sky is cryin`.
Then there are the lyrical voices of the blues, chief among them the inimitable Lightnin` Hopkins and Sonny Boy Williamson. Buddy Guy & B.B. King are contemporary masters of both guitar and vocal blues, while someone like Jimmy Reed straddled an area between blues and r`n`b. Blind Willie McTell is a glorious one-off, as is Skip James, or a unique belter such as Bessie Smith, or a `blues shouter` like Jimmy Witherspoon or Jimmy Rushing.
Then there are the folk-blues popularisers, among their number Mississippi John Hurt, Leadbelly - and this man, the irepressible Big Bill Broonzy, born William Lee Conley Broonzy in the last decade of the 19th century, died in 1958 in his sixties and with many sides recorded to testify to his almost unequalled importance in the history of acoustic blues.
Bill was a fine guitarist, a songwriter of note, and a wonderfully dynamic, warm, occasionally wanton singer who at times - when he sings high - can even remind you of Nina Simone! Don`t believe me? Have a listen...
Here, on this tremendous two-and-a-half-hour, two-disc collection of four of the man`s late 40s/early 50s LPs, are forty-five great tracks, possessing a variety and versatility which place Broonzy in the front rank of folk blues singers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to a giant
Although I saw Big Bill Live once I only had a couple of Albums. This CD filled some gaps, giving a good range of his work.
I'm very pleased indeed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. R. J. Fuller
5.0 out of 5 stars Good selection shows Bill Bill's range over his career
I've bee listening to Big Bill for 50 years! I've heard almost all of these tracks. These four albums represent his career well. Well worth it,
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Terence Dean
4.0 out of 5 stars Bog Bill Broonzy
The quality of the first disc isn't all that great but the second disc certainly makes up for it and it's history of the blues
Published 6 months ago by Yrret M Knott
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues Albums
I chose this CD,because I enjoy listening to Big Bill Broonzy and it is good value for the money anyway.
Published 6 months ago by Robert Gregg
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Bills Albums
This guy is a legend among blues fans,
and quite right too.
Think of a great guitar player and he will know about Big Bill Broonzy. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Peter Hendry
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
This album has all you need to be introduced to Big Bill Broonzy. If you are already a fan, hear you get a lot great music for your money.
Published 15 months ago by Ms Ali
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues CD
As with John Hurt, Big Bill has been a favourite of mine for many years. This CD arrived in very good time and was well wrapped. Read more
Published 19 months ago by piscator
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia
Big Bill Broonzy was one of my favourite artists when I was sixteen years old. I love to sit and listen to his singing again, as all my old 78 discs were broken ages ago.
Published 20 months ago by C.A.Malden
5.0 out of 5 stars They call me a blues singer
Seen what's on here? Some plonker is advertising a USED copy of this Avid set for more money than the 6 quoted here-which is the same in HMV. Read more
Published on 28 May 2012 by Richard
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Published on 1 Aug 2011 by Mr. Aa James
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