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Big Bill Broonzy|Saga Blues: The Godfather of Chicago Blues

Saga Blues: The Godfather of Chicago Blues

Big Bill Broonzy

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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 /TiVo

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1
How You Want It Done?
Various Interprets
00:02:53

Big Bill Broonzy, interprète - William Lee Conley Broonzy, compositeur

2004 Saga Sarl

2
Mississippi River Blues
Various Interprets
00:02:43

Big Bill Broonzy, interprète - William Lee Conley Broonzy, compositeur

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3
Nancy Jane
Various Interprets
00:03:02

Big Bill Broonzy, interprète - William Lee Conley Broonzy, compositeur

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4
Falling Rain
Various Interprets
00:03:23

Big Bill Broonzy, interprète - William Lee Conley Broonzy, compositeur

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5
Out With the Wrong Woman
Various Interprets
00:03:02

Big Bill Broonzy, interprète - William Lee Conley Broonzy, compositeur

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Too Many Drivers
Various Interprets
00:02:39

Big Bill Broonzy, interprète - William Lee Conley Broonzy, compositeur

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7
Midnight Steppers
Various Interprets
00:02:44

Big Bill Broonzy, interprète - William Lee Conley Broonzy, compositeur

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8
Getting Older Everyday
Various Interprets
00:03:18

Big Bill Broonzy, interprète - William Lee Conley Broonzy, compositeur

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9
I Feel So Good
Various Interprets
00:02:49

Big Bill Broonzy, interprète - William Lee Conley Broonzy, compositeur

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10
Roll Them Bones
Various Interprets
00:02:47

Big Bill Broonzy, interprète - William Lee Conley Broonzy, compositeur

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11
Bad Luck Man
Various Interprets
00:03:20

Big Bill Broonzy, interprète - William Lee Conley Broonzy, compositeur

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12
Tomorrow
Various Interprets
00:03:08

Big Bill Broonzy, interprète - William Lee Conley Broonzy, compositeur

2004 Saga Sarl

13
Starvation Blues
Various Interprets
00:03:30

Big Bill Broonzy, interprète - William Lee Conley Broonzy, compositeur

2004 Saga Sarl

14
C and A Blues
Various Interprets
00:03:01

Big Bill Broonzy, interprète - William Lee Conley Broonzy, compositeur

2004 Saga Sarl

15
Pneumonia Blues
Various Interprets
00:02:41

Big Bill Broonzy, interprète - William Lee Conley Broonzy, compositeur

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16
W.P.A Blues
Various Interprets
00:03:06

Big Bill Broonzy, interprète - William Lee Conley Broonzy, compositeur

2004 Saga Sarl

17
Southern Flood Blues
Various Interprets
00:03:16

Big Bill Broonzy, interprète - William Lee Conley Broonzy, compositeur

2004 Saga Sarl

18
Unemployment Stomp
Various Interprets
00:02:40

Big Bill Broonzy, interprète - William Lee Conley Broonzy, compositeur

2004 Saga Sarl

19
Cotton Choppin' Blues
Various Interprets
00:02:48

Big Bill Broonzy, interprète - William Lee Conley Broonzy, compositeur

2004 Saga Sarl

20
In the Army Now
Various Interprets
00:02:45

Big Bill Broonzy, interprète - William Lee Conley Broonzy, compositeur

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21
Just a Dream
Various Interprets
00:03:07

Big Bill Broonzy, interprète - William Lee Conley Broonzy, compositeur

2004 Saga Sarl

22
I Love My Whiskey
Various Interprets
00:03:02

Big Bill Broonzy, interprète - William Lee Conley Broonzy, compositeur

2004 Saga Sarl

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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 /TiVo

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