Big Bill Bronzy and Washboard Sam - S/T - 1962 Chicago Blues LP

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Big Bill Bronzy and Washboard Sam - S/T


Label: DOL
Cat#: DOL1468
Series: Dolchess – DOL1468
140g HQ Virgin Vinyl Pressing.
Manufactured in Europe.
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Country: Europe
Released: 2013
Genre: Blues
Style: Chicago Blues

Tracklist

A1 Little City Woman 2:54
A2 Lonesome 2:56
A3 Jacqueline 2:32
A4 Romance Without Finance 3:13
A5 By Myself 3:06
A6 Shirt Tail 3:12


B1 Diggin' My Potatoes 2:44
B2 Bright Eyes 2:25
B3 Minding My Own Business 2:35
B4 Never, Never 2:43
B5 Horseshoe Over My Door 3:15
B6 I'm A Lonely Man 2:43


Recorded At – Universal Recording Studio
Printed By – DOL

Credits

Cover – Don Bronstein
Liner Notes – Studs Terkel
Producer – Ralph Bass
Written-By – Big Bill Broonzy (tracks: A1-A5), Robert Brown (tracks: A6-B6)


Although Chess didn't bother to anthologize these sides into album form until the early '60s, this marvelous collection actually dates from 1953. Broonzy and Sam are both in great form here, sharing the vocals throughout and recalling their earlier days as Bluebird label and session mates.


The sound is fleshed out by the addition of guitarist Lee Cooper (who at times almost sounds a bit too modern for the genre being explored here, throwing in what can only be described as Chuck Berry licks) and Big Crawford on upright bass.


Two giants of the early Chicago blues scene, Big Bill Broonzy and Washboard Sam claimed to be half-brothers. While this is factually unsubstantiated, there's no doubt that the two men were musical kin. Though they both had considerable success on their own, they performed together extensively in the 1930s and '40s.


Sam's star had begun to fade by the time he and Broonzy paired up on their self-titled 1953 Chess Records release, and though it would become a lasting testament to the duo's shared musical spirit, it was Sam's last recording before a long period of retirement (like many of his peers, he enjoyed a comeback in the '60s). Broonzy and Sam split the lead role down the middle on this album, but their musical union throughout is as infectious as it is undeniable.


Sam's washboard provides raw, rhythmic propulsion, sounding like a train that almost (but never quite) runs off the tracks, perfectly underpinning Broonzy's masterly guitar lines. It's hard to believe that Sam could retire after making an album like this, but then again, he would have had a hard time topping it.


Big Bill Broonzy & Washboard Sam - Jacqueline

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Big Bill Bronzy and Washboard Sam - Diggin' My Potatoes

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Big Bill Broonzy & Washboard Sam - Little City Woman

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Big Bill Broonzy & Washboard Sam - Never Never

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Condition New
Format LP
Label DOL