Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 5 (1936-1937)

Big Bill Broonzy

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Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 5 (1936-1937) Review

by Scott Yanow

Big Bill Broonzy recorded a great deal in Chicago during the 1930s, and fortunately, every one of the selections (except for a few that cannot be located) have been reissued on CD by the Austrian Document label in this "complete" series. In addition to selections with a trio (which includes pianist Black Bob and bassist Bill Settles), Broonzy is heard on this fifth volume with the Hokum Boys (on "Nancy Jane"), the Midnight Ramblers (which include Washboard Sam) and the Chicago Black Swans, a band similar to the Harlem Hamfats that adds guitarist Tampa Red). The final four numbers return to the trio format but add trumpeter Punch Miller to two of the songs. Throughout, Broonzy is heard in prime form. Among the selections are "Big Bill's Milk Cow No. 2," "Nancy Jane," "Detroit Special," "Out With the Wrong Woman," "Southern Flood Blues" and "Let's Reel and Rock."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Big Bill Broonzy 03:07 Amazon
2 Big Bill Broonzy 03:01 Amazon
3 Big Bill Broonzy 02:47 Amazon
4 Big Bill Broonzy 03:00 Amazon
5 Big Bill Broonzy 03:02 Amazon
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Big Bill Broonzy 02:57 Amazon
7 Big Bill Broonzy 02:49 Amazon
8 Big Bill Broonzy 03:08 Amazon
9 Big Bill Broonzy 02:50 Amazon
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Big Bill Broonzy 03:17 Amazon
11 Big Bill Broonzy 02:52 Amazon
12 Big Bill Broonzy 03:12 Amazon
13 Big Bill Broonzy 02:57 Amazon
14 Big Bill Broonzy 02:42 Amazon
15 Big Bill Broonzy 03:08 Amazon
16 Big Bill Broonzy 03:13 Amazon
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Big Bill Broonzy 03:12 Amazon
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Big Bill Broonzy 03:00 Amazon
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Big Bill Broonzy 03:15 Amazon
20 Big Bill Broonzy 03:11 Amazon
21 Big Bill Broonzy 02:57 Amazon
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Big Bill Broonzy 03:04 Amazon
23 Big Bill Broonzy 03:05 Amazon
24 Big Bill Broonzy 03:08 Amazon
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