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Blues - Released August 28, 1990 | Columbia

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If you're following the 30-plus year career of Bill Broonzy and already have the two early compilations available on Yazoo, here's where you go next. These are basically ensemble works covering the time frame between 1930 to 1940 and Broonzy sounds very comfortable in the company of Blind John Davis and Joshua Altheimer. The 20 tracks compiled here (culled from various Vocalion, ARC and Columbia sessions) sound pretty great, benefitting mightily from modern sound restoration devices. ~ Cub Koda
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Blues - Released August 24, 2008 | Saga

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Big Bill Broonzy was viewed as a beloved country blues player when he died in 1958, a master of raw and authentic-sounding folk-blues. But this public image, although Broonzy worked hard to maintain it in his later years, does him a bit of a disservice. He was much more than a rustic relic, however well he played the part. Broonzy was an excellent and even sophisticated guitarist, starting out in the '30s as a rag and hokum player, but he was versatile enough to work with jazz and R&B combos, too, and his guitar approach was instrumental in the early formation of the Chicago blues sound. He was also a crafty songwriter who managed to write blues pieces that bridged the line between traditional blues themes and modern structure. This 22-track collection combines two earlier collections, Bronzeville Poet and Blues News, into a single well-paced and fluid sequence. Not everything essential is here, but key tracks like "I Can't Be Satisfied" and "Mississippi River Blues" are included, although his signature "Key to the Highway" is strangely absent. It's still a nice set. ~ Steve Leggett
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Rock - Released July 1, 2015 | Crazy Warthog Media

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Blues - Released January 1, 1961 | BnF Collection

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1962 | BnF Collection

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Blues - Released September 15, 2014 | Art Music

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Blues - Released February 22, 2000 | Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

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Blues - Released March 10, 2011 | Fremeaux Heritage

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Blues - Released November 11, 2010 | Grammercy Records

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Pop - Released January 1, 2018 | Emerald Echoes

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Blues - Released October 4, 2018 | Birdy Music

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Blues - Released August 3, 2012 | History

This is a good compilation of some of Big Bill Broonzy's better 1930s sides, augmented by a single 1946-vintage track. The acoustic sides, going back all the way to 1932, are amazingly sophisticated, with the playing on "Worrying You Off My Mind, Pt. 1" offering some gorgeous guitar, while "How You Want It Done" is a showcase for his speed and dexterity and "Bull Cow Blues" shows his instrument surging and chiming -- had Broonzy retained just half of his ability when he toured England, then audiences there were getting a bargain. The later sides, featuring full-band accompaniment, will be a little less satisfying to guitar enthusiasts, as Broonzy's instrument shares the spotlight with other players, though they're impressive as prime examples of big-band-style jump blues. The makers have used the cleanest sources possible for the 16 songs present, which brings out the subtleties of his singing and playing about as well as they've ever been heard. Strangely enough, it's only on the newest of the songs, "Big Bill Blues" from 1946, that the sound takes a step down, the piano not coming out nearly as well on this recording as the accompaniment on the other sides does. ~ Bruce Eder
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Blues - Released November 26, 2015 | Nuova Canaria

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Blues - Released November 21, 2011 | Ndh Music

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