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Before Bob Brozman, ethnomusicology seemed to be left to guys who traveled around with tape recorders. Brozman takes that idea one step further by unapologetically inserting himself inside the music at hand, and in the past its made for eclectic and ear-opening listening when he's traveled through Papua New Guinea, Hawaii, Africa or Japan. Rather than focusing on a single influence, here Brozman makes a variety of connections by reflexively tying them to the blues using several models of National steel guitar (his axe of choice) as well as seven-string and Kona Rocket Hawaiian guitars, the Turkish baglama and even percussion. He's joined by a drummer on three of the 13 songs, but mostly he overdubs himself to fine effect or goes it alone with solo performances on a mix of traditionals, tunes by Charley Patton and Skip James and his own bluesy originals. This is one his fans will surely love, but the variety means it's not a bad place for the curious to start. -- Tad Hendrickson

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 17, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ruf
  • ASIN: B000AS1HLI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,378 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pharoah S. Wail VINE VOICE on February 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album came out in 2004 but was available only through Bob's site ([...] I bought it via mailorder back then. I didn't realize it was available here until last night when I was going to go back and review another Brozman album I haven't reviewed yet. I'm surprised this is here, but now I also wonder "If this is here then where are the other albums previously only available through Bob's site?".

Aside from 3 tracks with drums, this is a solo (with various overdubs) Brozman disc. To compare it to one of the others available at his site, this cd could be considered a studio cousin of Live NOW but with more texture due to the overdubs. I know sometimes people freak out about overdubs but there is no need here. There's nothing artificial sounding about this album. Bob plays perfectly off of himself. The overdubs just allow us to have that much more of a good thing... Bob's touch, tone, and rhythmic sensibility. Just to give you a sense of what I mean, here's the instrumentation (straight from the liner notes) for one track... Charley Patton's Poor Me.

"1st section - Weissenborn Hawaiian guitar; Bear Creek Baritone 7-string Hawaiian guita; rouler; vocal.

2nd section - Bear Creek Kona Rocket Hawaiian guitar; National Baritone Tricone guitar; rouler"

Since this site doesn't give a tracklist, here it is... 13 songs and about 45 minutes long. Dead Cat on the Line, Rattlesnake Blues, One Steady Roll, Death Come Creepin, Vieux Kanyar Blues, Poor Me, Cypress Grove Blues, Little Tough Guy Blues, New Guinea Blues, It's Mercy We Need, Mean World Blues, More Room at the Edge, Workman's Song.

I love this album! The first couple times I listened to it I wasn't really digging it but I must have been having mental problems that day. Since then I love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IRate on December 30, 2009
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3 1/2

Brozman can get lost in his own technical quirkiness at times, but the distinctive guitarist certainly seizes every opportunity to turn the familiar into something new- and often succeeds.
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Brozman has an engraving on his guitar bridge saying "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should".

I found Brozman on YouTube while looking into National Resonator guitars and the main reason I bought this album, was to hear a baritone National Resonator guitar used in performance. The National Resonator is the gold standard of resonator guitars (or should I say nickel-steel standard?). The low tones on his tri-cone is incredible, but there are several times on this album where I feel Brozman ventures into a technical intricacy, not because the music required it, but just because he can.

Sometimes less is more and as a solo performer, I would have liked to hear him simplify his attack on several of his instrumentals so the music and not the instrument dominates. The instrument is a means to an end, not an end itself.

That being said, Brozman has an amazing command of the slide guitar and if you want to hear how far he can take it, this album will show you. Wow!
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By ADF on March 14, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Recently heard about this guy while looking into guitar materials. I'm a longtime blues/slide fan, and while I can appreciate Brozman's unique virtuousity on the instrument (I've never seen anyone so proficient on the acoustic slide guitar), to me his blues playing totally lacks the soul or depth of emotion that makes the genre great to begin with. His flashy style leaves little room for the simple hooks, repetition, and melodies that make the best blues so hard hitting and memorable. It's just all over the place.

A lot of my distaste comes from his singing, which is horrendous. The worst. It is grating and feels very contrived.

For a guy who knew so much about blues music and its originators, it really seems like he misses the point.

Maybe his international/world music albums are better...but Brozman the bluesman? No thanks..not for me.
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