Vol. 3: The War and Post War Years 1940-51

Vol. 3: The War and Post War Years 1940-51

by Big Bill Broonzy
     
 
Mississippi-born guitarist Big Bill Broonzy had a voice that could really grow on you. The living embodiment of the rural-to-urban blues tradition, he often infused the gutsy, sometimes brutally honest immediacy of acoustic Chicago blues and good time hokum with the lonely intensity of the field holler. Vol. 3 in JSP's extensively

Overview

Mississippi-born guitarist Big Bill Broonzy had a voice that could really grow on you. The living embodiment of the rural-to-urban blues tradition, he often infused the gutsy, sometimes brutally honest immediacy of acoustic Chicago blues and good time hokum with the lonely intensity of the field holler. Vol. 3 in JSP's extensively complete Big Bill Broonzy retrospective covers his recording activity between the years 1940 and 1951, a time span that takes in the Second World War and its aftermath. His musical companions during this decade included the mighty Washboard Sam, a wonderful string bassist named Ransom Knowling, harmonica ace Jazz Gillum, blues saxophonist Buster Bennett, pianists Blind John Davis, Big Maceo Merriweather and Memphis Slim, and seasoned jazzmen Punch Miller, Don Byas and Slick Jones. This excellent set offers 99 examples of Broonzy's personalized musical responses to everything that life had to offer or snatch away. Topics include romance, jealousy and heartache; honest labor, conscription and prison, as well as betrayal, alcohol and insomnia. Big Bill was also fond of old-time folk melodies and included them regularly in his repertoire. This outstanding tribute is the perfect introduction to Broonzy; it will also delight those who already know his music, love and respect his memory, and who will hasten to track down the rest of his recordings as reissued by JSP.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/20/2007
Label:
Jsp Records
UPC:
0788065776725
catalogNumber:
7767
Rank:
137081

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Medicine Man Blues
  2. Looking Up at Down
  3. Midnight Steppers
  4. Lone Wolf Blues
  5. Hit the Right Lick
  6. You Better Cut That Out
  7. I Wonder What's Wrong with Me
  8. Bed Time Blues
  9. Merry Go Round Blues
  10. Serenade Blues
  11. Lonesome Road Blues
  12. Getting Older Every Day
  13. Getting Older Every Day
  14. That Number of Mine
  15. My Gal Is Gone
  16. I'll Never Dream Again
  17. Rockin' Chair Blues
  18. Shine on, Shine On
  19. Green Grass Blues
  20. My Little Flower
  21. Sweet Honey Bee
  22. When I Been Drinking
  23. Key to the Highway
  24. Double Trouble
  25. Going Back to My Plow

Disc 2

  1. I'm Having So Much Trouble
  2. Wee Wee Hours
  3. Conversation with the Blues
  4. All by Myself
  5. Keep Your Hand on Your Heart
  6. Why Should I Spend My Money
  7. What's Wrong with Me
  8. I Feel So Good
  9. In the Army Now
  10. Bad Acting Woman
  11. Night Watchman Blues
  12. She's Gone with the Wind
  13. I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town
  14. Tell Me Baby
  15. Hard Hearted Woman
  16. I'm Woke Up Now
  17. Please Believe Me
  18. Why Did You Do That to Me
  19. You Got to Play Your Hand
  20. Just a Dream
  21. Doing the Best I Can
  22. Partnership Woman
  23. Where the Blues Began
  24. Humble Blues
  25. Oh Baby

Disc 3

  1. Cell No. 13 Blues
  2. When I Get to Thinkin'
  3. Roll dem Bones
  4. You Got the Best Go
  5. I Can Fix It
  6. Old Man Blues
  7. I Can't Write
  8. What Can I Do
  9. San Antonio Blues
  10. Saturday Evening Blues
  11. Martha Blues
  12. Texas Tornado Blues
  13. Big Bill's Boogie
  14. Just Rocking
  15. Shoo Blues
  16. I Feel Like Crying
  17. Stop Lying Woman
  18. Rambling Bill
  19. Summer Time Blues
  20. Bad Luck Man
  21. (I'm A) Wonderin' Man
  22. I Love My Whiskey
  23. You've Been Mistreating Me
  24. I Stay Blue All the Time
  25. Water Coast Blues

Disc 4

  1. Five Feet Seven
  2. I Wonder
  3. Keep Your Hands off Her
  4. Mindin' My Own Business
  5. Hey Hey
  6. Stump Blues
  7. Get Back
  8. Willie Mae Blues
  9. Walkin' the Lonesome Road
  10. Mopper's Blues
  11. I Know She Will
  12. Hollerin' the Blues
  13. Leavin' Day
  14. South Bound Train
  15. Tomorrow
  16. You Changed
  17. John Henry
  18. Crawdad
  19. Bill Bailey
  20. Make My Get Away
  21. Blue Tail Fly
  22. Backwater Blues
  23. In the Evenin'
  24. Trouble in Mind

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Blind John Davis   Piano
Memphis Slim   Piano,Vocals
Big Maceo Merriweather   Piano
Joshua Altheimer   Piano
Buster Bennett   Alto Saxophone
Don Byas   Tenor Saxophone
Bob Call   Piano
Bill Casimir   Tenor Saxophone
Tyrell Dixon   Drums
Jazz Gillum   Harmonica
Slick Jones   Drums
Ransom Knowling   Bass
Horace Malcolm   Piano
Punch Miller   Trumpet
Judge Riley   Drums
Washboard Sam   Washboard
Alfred Wallace   Drums
Kenny Watts   Piano
Fred Williams   Drums
Oett "Sax" Mallard   Alto Saxophone
Charles Belcher   Piano
Antonio Casey   Alto Saxophone
John H. Morton   Trumpet
Add John Morton   Trumpet
Carl Sharp   Piano
John Levy   Bass

Technical Credits

Neil Slaven   Annotation

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