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Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 5 (1936-1937) by Big Bill Broonzy

Label: Document Records.
Release Date: October 13, 1992.
Recording Time: 72 minutes.
Release Info: Compilation Studio Recording.
Recording Date: May 1, 1936 - January 31, 1937.

Styles: Acoustic Blues, Acoustic Chicago Blues, Country Blues, Regional Blues, Blues Revival, Pre-War Blues.

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." - Review by Scott Yanow.

Credits: Alfred Bell - trumpet; Keith Briggs - liner notes; Big Bill Broonzy - composer, guitar, primary artist, vocals; Black Bob Hudson - piano; Myrtle Jenkins - piano; Horace Malcolm - piano; Charlie McCoy - mandolin; Punch Miller - trumpet; Herb Morand - trumpet; Arnett Nelson - clarinet; Len Nichols - composer; Johnny Parth - compilation producer; State Sweet Swingers - composer; Tampa Red - guitar; Traditional - composer; Washboard Sam - scat; Casey Bill Weldon - guitar, vocals; Fred Williams - drums, wood block.

Personnel: Big Bill Broonzy - vocals, guitar; Black Bob - piano; "Heebie Jeebies" - wood blocks. Big Bill Broonzy - vocals, guitar; Black Bob - piano; Bill Settles - stand-up bass; "Heebie Jeebies" - woodblocks on 3. The Hokum Boys: Big Bill Broonzy - vocals, guitar; Casey Bill Weldon - guitar, vocals / chorus; Black Bob - piano; Bill Settles - stand-up bass. Big Bill Broonzy - vocals, guitar; Probably Horace Malcolm - piano; Charlie McCoy - mandolin. Big Bill Broonzy - vocals, guitar; Black Bob - piano; Bill Settles - stand-up bass. Big Bill Broonzy - vocals, guitar; probably Myrtle Jenkins - piano; Bill Settles - stand-up bass. Midnight Ramblers: Big Bill Broonzy - vocals, guitar; Black Bob - piano; unknown - stand-up bass; possibly Washboard Sam - scat vocals. Chicago Black Swans: Big Bill Broonzy - vocals, guitar; accompanied probably by Herb Morand or possibly Alfred Bell - trumpet; Arnett Nelson - clarinet; Black Bob - piano; possibly Tampa Red - guitar; unknown - percussion. Big Bill Broonzy - vocals, guitar; accompanied by “Mr. Sheiks (Alfred Bell) - trumpet, on 16, 17, 19, 20; possibly Fred Williams - drums on 19 and 20. Bill Settles -  stand-up bass; possibly Fred Williams - drums on 19, 20. Big Bill Broonzy - vocals, guitar; accompanied by Punch Miller - trumpet on 21, 23; Black Bob - piano; Bill Settles - stand-up bass; Fred Williams - drums on 23 / wood blocks on 22, 24.

Tracks: 1) Big Bill's Milk Cow No. 2 - Big Bill Broonzy; 2) WPA Blues - Big Bill Broonzy; 3) I'm A Southern Man - Big Bill Broonzy; 4) Nancy Jane - The Hokum Boys; 5) Lowland Blues - Big Bill Broonzy; 6) Seven-Eleven (Dice Please Don't Fail Me) - Big Bill Broonzy; 7) You Know I Got A Reason - Big Bill Broonzy; 8) Oh, Babe (Don't Do Me That Way) - Big Bill Broonzy; 9) Detroit Special - Big Bill Broonzy; 10) Falling Rain - Big Bill Broonzy; 11) Black Widow Spider - Big Bill Broonzy; 12) Cherry Hill - Big Bill Broonzy; 13) Out With The Wrong Woman - Midnight Ramblers; 14) Don't Tear My Clothes No. 2 - Chicago Black Swans; 15) You Drink Too Much - Chicago Black Swans; 16) Southern Flood Blues - Big Bill Broonzy; 17) My Big Money - Big Bill Broonzy; 18) My Woman Mistreats Me - Big Bill Broonzy; 19) Let's Reel And Rock - Big Bill Broonzy; 20) Come Up To My House - Big Bill Broonzy; 21) Get Away - Big Bill Broonzy; 22) Terrible Flood Blues - Big Bill Broonzy; 23) Little Bug - Big Bill Broonzy; 24) Horny Frog, take 1 - Big Bill Broonzy.