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

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/20/2007
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065776725
  • Catalog Number: 7767
  • Sales rank: 82,090

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Medicine Man Blues (3:00)
  2. 2 Looking Up at Down (3:00)
  3. 3 Midnight Steppers (2:43)
  4. 4 Lone Wolf Blues (2:58)
  5. 5 Hit the Right Lick (2:40)
  6. 6 You Better Cut That Out (3:00)
  7. 7 I Wonder What's Wrong with Me (2:31)
  8. 8 Bed Time Blues (2:48)
  9. 9 Merry Go Round Blues (2:49)
  10. 10 Serenade Blues (2:53)
  11. 11 Lonesome Road Blues (2:56)
  12. 12 Getting Older Every Day (2:39)
  13. 13 Getting Older Every Day (3:18)
  14. 14 That Number of Mine (2:43)
  15. 15 My Gal Is Gone (2:54)
  16. 16 I'll Never Dream Again (2:49)
  17. 17 Rockin' Chair Blues (2:49)
  18. 18 Shine on, Shine On (3:00)
  19. 19 Green Grass Blues (3:01)
  20. 20 My Little Flower (2:50)
  21. 21 Sweet Honey Bee (3:01)
  22. 22 When I Been Drinking (2:53)
  23. 23 Key to the Highway (3:03)
  24. 24 Double Trouble (2:48)
  25. 25 Going Back to My Plow (2:57)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I'm Having So Much Trouble (2:50)
  2. 2 Wee Wee Hours (2:59)
  3. 3 Conversation with the Blues (2:36)
  4. 4 All by Myself (2:29)
  5. 5 Keep Your Hand on Your Heart (2:56)
  6. 6 Why Should I Spend My Money (2:52)
  7. 7 What's Wrong with Me (2:37)
  8. 8 I Feel So Good (2:47)
  9. 9 In the Army Now (2:44)
  10. 10 Bad Acting Woman (2:48)
  11. 11 Night Watchman Blues (2:51)
  12. 12 She's Gone with the Wind (2:43)
  13. 13 I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town (2:54)
  14. 14 Tell Me Baby (2:59)
  15. 15 Hard Hearted Woman (3:04)
  16. 16 I'm Woke Up Now (3:01)
  17. 17 Please Believe Me (2:47)
  18. 18 Why Did You Do That to Me (3:03)
  19. 19 You Got to Play Your Hand (3:13)
  20. 20 Just a Dream (3:03)
  21. 21 Doing the Best I Can (2:54)
  22. 22 Partnership Woman (2:38)
  23. 23 Where the Blues Began (2:57)
  24. 24 Humble Blues (2:54)
  25. 25 Oh Baby (2:47)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Cell No. 13 Blues (2:55)
  2. 2 When I Get to Thinkin' (2:54)
  3. 3 Roll dem Bones (2:46)
  4. 4 You Got the Best Go (2:48)
  5. 5 I Can Fix It (2:57)
  6. 6 Old Man Blues (3:18)
  7. 7 I Can't Write (2:45)
  8. 8 What Can I Do (3:08)
  9. 9 San Antonio Blues (3:06)
  10. 10 Saturday Evening Blues (3:10)
  11. 11 Martha Blues (3:14)
  12. 12 Texas Tornado Blues (3:11)
  13. 13 Big Bill's Boogie (3:08)
  14. 14 Just Rocking (2:42)
  15. 15 Shoo Blues (3:01)
  16. 16 I Feel Like Crying (3:05)
  17. 17 Stop Lying Woman (2:49)
  18. 18 Rambling Bill (2:52)
  19. 19 Summer Time Blues (3:14)
  20. 20 Bad Luck Man (3:19)
  21. 21 (I'm A) Wonderin' Man (3:08)
  22. 22 I Love My Whiskey (3:01)
  23. 23 You've Been Mistreating Me (2:55)
  24. 24 I Stay Blue All the Time (2:26)
  25. 25 Water Coast Blues (2:46)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Five Feet Seven (3:23)
  2. 2 I Wonder (2:53)
  3. 3 Keep Your Hands off Her (2:56)
  4. 4 Mindin' My Own Business (3:09)
  5. 5 Hey Hey (2:55)
  6. 6 Stump Blues (3:00)
  7. 7 Get Back (3:03)
  8. 8 Willie Mae Blues (2:50)
  9. 9 Walkin' the Lonesome Road (3:19)
  10. 10 Mopper's Blues (2:39)
  11. 11 I Know She Will (3:14)
  12. 12 Hollerin' the Blues (3:07)
  13. 13 Leavin' Day (3:02)
  14. 14 South Bound Train (3:01)
  15. 15 Tomorrow (2:52)
  16. 16 You Changed (2:54)
  17. 17 John Henry (3:19)
  18. 18 Crawdad (2:51)
  19. 19 Bill Bailey (3:24)
  20. 20 Make My Get Away (3:19)
  21. 21 Blue Tail Fly (3:03)
  22. 22 Backwater Blues (3:20)
  23. 23 In the Evenin' (3:27)
  24. 24 Trouble in Mind (2:37)
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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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