Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 11 (1940-1942)

Big Bill Broonzy

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Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 11 (1940-1942) Review

by Scott Yanow

The final of Document's prewar Big Bill Broonzy CDs (documenting all of his 1927-42 recordings) features Broonzy playing in a timeless style. Most of the performances could be considered goodtime music, with Broonzy sounding as if he were ready to party. On three of the four complete sessions that are included (plus "Rockin' Chair Blues," left over from the 1940 date otherwise included on Vol. 10), Broonzy is joined by either Memphis Slim, Horace Malcolm or Blind John Davis on piano, plus Washboard Sam (his half-brother) on washboard; Jazz Gillum sits in on harmonica during "Key to the Highway." The final set has Broonzy, pianist Memphis Slim and drummer Judge Riley joined by trumpeter Punch Miller and altoist Buster Bennett. Overall, this is a pretty strong program, with such numbers as "Sweet Honey Bee," "When I Been Drinking," "Key to the Highway," "Conversation With the Blues," "All By Myself," "I Feel So Good," "I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town" and "I'm Woke Up Now" being among the 25 selections. Big Bill Broonzy fans will want all of the releases in this remarkable series.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Big Bill Broonzy 02:47 Amazon
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Big Bill Broonzy 02:57 Amazon
3 Big Bill Broonzy 02:59 Amazon
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Big Bill Broonzy 02:47 Amazon
5 Big Bill Broonzy 02:58 Amazon
6 Big Bill Broonzy 02:50 Amazon
7 Big Bill Broonzy 03:01 Amazon
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Big Bill Broonzy 02:46 Amazon
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Big Bill Broonzy 02:55 Amazon
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Big Bill Broonzy 02:47 Amazon
11 Big Bill Broonzy 02:57 Amazon
12 Big Bill Broonzy 02:34 Amazon
13 Big Bill Broonzy 02:26 Amazon
14 Big Bill Broonzy 02:53 Amazon
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Big Bill Broonzy 02:49 Amazon
16 Big Bill Broonzy 02:35 Amazon
17 Big Bill Broonzy 02:45 Amazon
18 Big Bill Broonzy 02:42 Amazon
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Big Bill Broonzy 02:44 Amazon
20 Big Bill Broonzy 02:48 Amazon
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Big Bill Broonzy 02:41 Amazon
22 Big Bill Broonzy 02:52 Amazon
23 Big Bill Broonzy 02:55 Amazon
24 Big Bill Broonzy 03:00 Amazon
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Big Bill Broonzy 02:58 Amazon
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