Big Bill Broonzy

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  • Big Bill Broonzy - The Blues + Big Bill’s Blues (CD)


    • Big Bill Broonzy first recorded in 1927. He made the transition from country blues to become one of the progenitors of the post-war Chicago sound, using electric guitar, drums and sax in the 1940s, but returned to acoustic blues when he found a huge new white audience in Europe and America and became one of the figureheads of the folk music revival

    • The first tracks included here were recorded in 1951 for Mercury and issued as an LP in 1958. Broonzy is backed by Ransom Knowling on bass with additional musicians on four songs. Coupled with a solo album recorded in Holland in 1956 and later released by Columbia Records.

    • Definitive remastered edition. Detailed booklet with rare photos etc

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  • Big Bill Broonzy - Vol 3: The War And Postwar Years 1940-1951 4CD Boxset (CD)


    The previous two JSP volumes of Big Bill saw him rise to become King of Chicago blues during the pre-World War 2 era, this volume follows his development into an internationally recognised performer, as comfortable playing to white audiences in concert halls as he had been in the southside clubs. As Big Bill went into the studio in June 1940, the Nazis were about to march into Paris. Whatever was happening in the outside world had no effect on Bill’s popularity, underlined by the fact that he would cut sixteen titles between June and December, having already cut ten earlier that year. He would continue recording prolifically until July 1942, when there were wartime restrictions until early 1945. During the second half of the 40’s he gradually became part of the circle of blues and folk entertainers presented in concert by Alan Lomax, and by the beginning of the ’50s he was touring Europe and recording in Paris. It’s all here on this authoritatively annotated 99 track set.

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  • Big Bill Broonzy - Rockin` In Chicago 1949-1853 (CD)


    Big Bill Broonzy was an enormous influence on the early European blues movement from the early 1950s: his acoustic tours promoted by folk and jazz promoters made him the pre-eminent bluesman (along with sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee) on the scene for a short time.yet his fame as an ethnic down-home performer was based to an extent on a misconception. Although he had performed in this style prior to 1936, Big Bill Broonzy was in fact one of the pioneers of the Chicago band style, making a slew of electric horn driven hit records for a number of labels. After 1951, Broonzy inexplicably returned to his folk-blues roots, recording with Pete Seeger, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, and Leadbelly. An accomplished acoustic performer: it is for this period that he is best remembered in Europe. During the later 1960s blues boom, he was seen as somewhat academic and fuddy-duddy, and not as much cited or covered as say, Muddy Waters or Robert Johnson. An exception was his classic and chilling ’Keys To The Highway’ recorded by Derek And The Dominoes on their classic Layla” album. Here we have 27 of his amazing and seldom-heard rockin’ Chicago sides.”

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  • Big Bill Broonzy - 1937-1940 Vol. 2 4CD Boxset (CD)


    Big Bill Broonzy (1893-1958) was a recording star and the King of Chicago blues during the years immediately preceding World War 2. The 101 recordings on this 4CD set, from January 1937 to April 1940, find him at the height of his powers. A long and authoritative essay by Neil Slaven explains the circumstances behind the recordings and traces Big Bill’s career during the period.

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