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Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 6 (1937) by Big Bill Broonzy

Label: Document Records.
Release Date: 1992.
Recording Time: 75 minutes.
Release Info: Compilation Studio Recording.
Recording Date: January 31, 1937 - October 13, 1937.

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

1937 was a busy year for Big Bill Broonzy, who was turning 44. A greatly in-demand blues guitarist in Chicago, Broonzy was also an underrated singer and a major solo artist. This CD from the Austrian Document label (the sixth of 11 that trace his entire prewar recording career) includes 26 selections with plenty of alternate takes and nine previously unreleased performances. Broonzy is joined by either Black Bob, Leeford or Aletha Robinson or Joshua Altheimer on piano (Blind John Davis joins up for the final session), and sometimes bassist Bill Settles, drummer Fred Williams, unidentified players and (on three occasions) trumpeter Punch Miller. Although not quite essential, this CD will be desired by Broonzy's greatest fans, along with all of the releases in this very valuable series. Among the more notable selections are "Mean Old World," "Down in the Alley," "Louise, Louise Blues" and "It's Too Late Now." - Review by Scott Yanow.

Credits: Joshua Altheimer - piano; Alfred Bell - trumpet; Keith Briggs - liner notes; Big Bill Broonzy - composer, guitar, primary artist, vocals; Blind John Davis - piano; Black Bob Hudson - piano; Punch Miller - trumpet; Johnny Parth - compilation producer, producer; Aletha Robinson - guitar, piano; Leeford Robinson - guitar, piano; Bill Settles - bass; Johnnie "Geechie" Temple - composer; Washboard Sam - vocals; Fred Williams - drums; Spencer Williams - composer.

Personnel: Big Bill Broonzy - vocals, guitar; Punch Miller - trumpet on 1, 5, 6; Black Bob - piano; Bill Settles - stand-up bass; Fred Williams - drums. Midnight Ramblers: Big Bill Broonzy - vocals, guitar; Black Bob - piano; unknown - imitation bass; Washboard Sam - vocals. Big Bill Broonzy - vocals, guitar; Alfred Bell - trumpet on 12; Black Bob - piano; Fred Williams - drums. Big Bill Broonzy - vocals, guitar; accompanied by Punch Miller - trumpet on 15, 16, 17; Leeford or Aletha Robinson - piano; own guitar on 15, 16, 17; Fred Williams - drums. Big Bill Broonzy - vocals, guitar; Leeford or Aletha Robinson - piano on 18; Black Bob - piano on 19; unknown - stand-up bass. Big Bill Broonzy - vocals, guitar; Black Bob, or probably Joshua Altheimer - piano on 20; unknown - 2nd guitar; unknown - stand-up bass. Big Bill Broonzy - vocals, guitar; Blind John Davis - piano; Fred Williams - drums.

Tracks: 1) Horny Frog - Big Bill Broonzy; 2) Mean Old World (take 1, unissued) - Big Bill Broonzy; 3) Mean Old World (take 2) - Big Bill Broonzy; 4) Barrel House When It Rains - Big Bill Broonzy; 5) You Do Me Any Old Way (take 1, unissued) - Big Bill Broonzy; 6) You Do Me Any Old Way (take 2) - Big Bill Broonzy; 7) Down In The Alley (take 1) - Midnight Ramblers; 8) Down In The Alley (take 2, unissued) - Midnight Ramblers; 9) Stuff They Call Money - Midnight Ramblers; 10) Louise Louise Blues (take 1) - Big Bill Broonzy; 11) Louise Louise Blues (take 2, unissued) - Big Bill Broonzy; 12) Let Me Be Your Winder - Big Bill Broonzy; 13) Hattie Blues - Big Bill Broonzy; 14) Hattie Blues - Big Bill Broonzy; 15) My Old Lizzie - Big Bill Broonzy; 16) Come Home Early (take 1, unissued) - Big Bill Broonzy; 17) Come Home Early (take 2) - Big Bill Broonzy; 18) Come Home Early (take 3) - Big Bill Broonzy; 19) Come Home Early (take 4) - Big Bill Broonzy; 20) My Gal Is Gone - Big Bill Broonzy; 21) Evil Hearted Me - Big Bill Broonzy; 22) I Want My Hands On It (take 1) - Big Bill Broonzy; 23) I Want My Hands On It (take 2, unissued) - Big Bill Broonzy; 24) It's Too Late Now (take 1, unissued) - Big Bill Broonzy; 25) It's Too Late Now - Big Bill Broonzy; 26) Made A Date With An Angel (Got No Walking Shoes) - Big Bill Broonzy.