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Big Bill Broonzy was born William Lee Conley Broonzy in the tiny town of Scott, Mississippi, just across the river from Arkansas. During his childhood, Broonzy's family -- itinerant sharecroppers and the descendants of ex-slaves -- moved to Pine Bluff to work the fields there. Broonzy learned to play a cigar box fiddle from his uncle, and as a teenager, he played violin in local churches, ... Read more in Amazon's Big Bill Broonzy Store

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  • Audio CD (21 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • ASIN: B000047872
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,962 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hey, Hey, Baby
2. Frankie and Johnny
3. Trouble in Mind
4. Joe Turner No.2
5. Mule-Ridin' Blues
6. When Will I Get To Be Called A Man
7. Poor Bill Blues
8. Key to the Highway
9. Plough-Hand Blues
10. Digging My Potatoes
11. When Things Go Wrong
12. C.C. Rider
13. Saturday Evening Blues
14. Shuffle Rag
15. Southbound Train
16. Hush, Somebody's Calling Me
17. Louise
18. Black, Brown, and White
19. Black, Brown, And White Blues
20. Willie Mae Blues
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Product Description

(1956-57 'Folkways') (73:55/24) In hervorragender Tonqualität reproduzierte Aufnahmen, die eine große Intensität ausstrahlen. Die exquisite Verpackung und das umfangreiche Booklet mit ausführlichen Informationen, ergänzen die Aufnahmen ansprechend. Empfehlenswert / the sound reproduction is extremely well and naturally sounding. Great intense performance, too. The packaging is beautiful with a thick booklet containing extensive liner notes and informations. Recommended! BIG BILL BROONZY - gtr/voc.Medium 1
  1. Hey, Hey, Baby
  2. Frankie And Johnny
  3. Trouble In Mind
  4. Joe Turner No 2 (Blues Of 1890)
  5. Mule-Ridin'blues
  6. When Will I Get To Be Called A Man
  7. Poor Bill Blues
  8. Key To The Highway
  9. Plough Hand Blues
  10. Digging My Potatoes
  11. When Things Go Wrong (It Hurts Me Too)
  12. CC Rider
  13. Saturday Evening Blues
  14. Shuffle Rag
  15. Southbound Train
  16. Hush, Somebody's Calling Me
  17. Louise Louise Blues
  18. Black, Brown And White (Spoken Introduction)
  19. Black, Brown And White (Blues Sung)
  20. Willie Mae Blues
  21. This Train (Spoken Introduction)
  22. This Train (Sung)
  23. In The Evening (Spoken Introduction)
  24. In The Evening (Sung)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Benton on 20 Dec 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this for my teenage grandson who plays lead guitar in a pop/blues band. He loves it as much as I did and still do after playing it via "cloud".
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By K. Cawser on 3 Feb 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Recent BBC4 programme about Big Bill entitled "The man who bought the blues to Britain" says it all. Fantastic singer, player and song writer with great production on this CD. One of the few Blues players to address race issue in his songs too. One of the great guitarists!
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By JB on 14 Dec 2014
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An excellent album. Worth the money.
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Amazon.com: 14 reviews
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Complete album 8 Mar 2002
By Blues Bro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I preferBig Bill's acoustic work over his electric work. This is a collection of acoustic songs from the last years of his life. He sings blues, folk, protest songs, gospel...all of that in this great collection. Extensive liner notes and the printed lyrics and notes for every song makes this CD a true gem. Includes some live recordings as well.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A great cornerstone to start a blues collection 26 April 2001
By Bryan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Smithsonian Folkways did a great job capturing the essence of Big Bill Broonzy's sound. I've heard other albums and this is my favorite. The music is taken at the latter half of his career and establishes Broonzy as a master of the country blues/folk sound. A great album any blues fan should own.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Once Again,Big Bill Is In The House 21 Nov 2008
By Alfred Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am in the process of reading and re-reading many of the books of oral history interviews collected by the recently departed Studs Terkel. As part of that process I have read his last work (published in 2007), a memoir of sorts but really a series of connected vignettes, that goes a long way to putting the pieces of Studs' eclectic life together. A fact that I did not know is that Studs' had radio and television music shows in the Chicago of the 1950's. On one of those shows he performed with the blues/jazz folk artist under review here, Big Bill Broonzy. That long ago reference was enough for this reviewer to scamper back to give a listen to the melodious voice of one of the best in these traditions. But that begs the question where to start?

That is not merely a rhetorical question here. My first exposure to Big Bill, back in the mists of times, was as a performer on a Sunday night folk program here in Boston. In that format he was presented as a folk singer in the style of a black Pete Seeger, including his singing of many many leftist political songs dealing with the pressing questions of race and class. Later I found some more jazzy works by him and some more raucous material in the old country blues tradition. So I hope you can now see my dilemma.

The hard fact is that certain musicians, certain very talented musicians, can work more than one milieu or can transform themselves (for commercial or other reasons) into more than one genre. Moreover, in Big Bill's case, the confluence of folk, blues and jazz at some points is fairly close. That surely is the case here on this CD compilation. So give a listen to that voice, that guitar and those wonderful songs. I might add that, although it seemed to be a given at the time, some of Big Bill lyrics are on point on racial segregation and other social issues. Think of the songs like "Black, Brown and White" or his version of "This Train" (that whipsaws Jim Crow very nicely). C.C. Rider is always a crowd pleaser. These are Big Bill's real connections with old Studs, that is for sure.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
BIG BILL IS THE MAN! 11 May 2000
By Michael D. Sheridan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I just recived my copy of this Cd in the mail today. I've now played it 6 times straight through. Big Bill was brilliant! Great Voice and Terrific guitar. I highly recommend this and any other Big Bill Disc you can get your hand's on. He was a rare and under appreciated Talent! Muddy Waters thought enough of Big Bill to record an entire lp of his songs.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Traditional blues at its best 9 July 2013
By Jeffrey McFadden - Published on Amazon.com
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Big Bill Broonzy brings the best in traditional blues. His early death from throat cancer at about 65 years of age in 1958 kept him from ever seeing the end of the Jim Crow south, and because of that this album includes such songs as When Will I Be Called a Man, and Black, Brown, and White. For those of us who lived through the early 1960's and saw Jim Crow fall it seems a tragedy that Big Bill Broonzy died just before those days and never got to see that victory.

The songs here will take the listener from the rural blues of his early days in the 1930's up through his relocation to an urban music scene.

I consider this to be one of the absolute great traditional blues albums. There are others, don't get me wrong, others as great, but I don't think any surpass him.
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