Big Bill Broonzy

Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1932-1934)

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By early 1932, the point at which this second volume in Document's series begins, Big Bill Broonzy was well established on the Chicago music scene; although his music was beginning to take on an urbanized flavor, his forté was still country-blues, and the opening tracks here -- "Mr. Conductor Man," "Too-Too Train Blues" and "Bull Cow Blues" among them -- are among his finest examples of the form. Of equal interest are the sides he subsequently recorded with his Jug Busters, a rather mysterious group which yielded just two tracks -- "Rukus Juice Blues" and "M and O Blues" -- but which pushed Broonzy further away from his rural roots; in all likelihood, the group also inaugurated his collaboration with the enigmatic yet renowned Black Bob, with whom he would cut a series of classic guitar and piano duets in the months to follow.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:10
2 3:02
3 2:53
4 3:07
5 3:09
6 3:19
7 3:03
8 2:53
9 2:54
10 2:49
11 3:13
12 3:07
13 3:25
14 3:18
15 3:33
16 2:55
17 3:36
18 3:27
19 3:26
20 2:43
21 3:00
22 2:48
23 3:25
24 2:59
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