Big Bill Blues: His 23 Greatest Hit Songs 1927-1942

Big Bill Blues: His 23 Greatest Hit Songs 1927-1942

by Big Bill Broonzy


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Exactly what it says -- a veritable greatest-hits collection that showcases just why Big Bill Broonzy is one of the most important blues figures ever. To be fair, the very early material either hasn't cleaned up well, or not a lot of money has been invested in technical work, and some of the sides are barely listenable because of scratches. But, in a perverse way, that's part of the appeal. The sound quality improves considerably (it's only the three tracks pre-1930 where it's a problem). His version of "Key to the Highway," probably his best-known piece, is from the '40s and is still as stinging now as it was then. But it's only one of 23 highlights here; this, after all, is the man who helped shape blues from a rural Mississippi sound to its new urban home in Chicago, literally one of the seminal figures of the genre. Just listen to his "C.C. Rider" or "Milk Cow Blues" and you can hear the raw, rough foundation of rock & roll, as well as the deep roots of the blues. And "House Rent Blues" and "Big Bill Blues" aren't just blues songs -- they stand as commentary on the state of the nation and its people. If you only buy one Broonzy album -- and everyone needs at least one -- then this is it; it's vital.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/03/2004
Label: Wolf Records
UPC: 0799582600622
catalogNumber: 126006
Rank: 102887

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Blind John Davis   Piano
Memphis Slim   Piano
George Barnes   Guitar
Joshua Altheimer   Piano
Buster Bennett   Alto Saxophone
Black Bob Hudson   Piano
Frank Brasswell   Guitar
Jazz Gillum   Harmonica
Ransom Knowling   Standup Bass
Punch Miller   Trumpet
Judge Riley   Drums
Washboard Sam   Washboard
Bill Settles   Standup Bass
Fred Williams   Drums
Bill Owsley   Clarinet
John Thomas   Guitar,Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part

Technical Credits

Kokomo Arnold   Composer
Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
Cow Cow Davenport   Composer
Johnnie "Geechie" Temple   Composer
Bill Monroe   Composer
Steve James   Liner Notes
Spencer Williams   Composer
Harald Ergott   Cover Design
Charles Segar   Composer
Traditional   Composer
John Hurt   Composer

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