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listen  1. SharonDavid Bromberg 6:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Holdup ("Harrison" version)David Bromberg 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mr. Bojangles (Live)David Bromberg 7:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Suffer To Sing The Blues (Album Version)David Bromberg 4:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mr. Blue (Album Version)David Bromberg 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Joke's On Me (Album Version)David Bromberg 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Sammy's Song (Album Version)David Bromberg 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Yankee's Revenge (Medley) (Album Version)David Bromberg Band 5:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Wallflower (Live)David Bromberg 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Statesboro Blues/ Church Bell Blues (Album Version)David Bromberg 5:07Album Only
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listen12. The Main Street Moan (Album Version)David Bromberg 5:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. I Like To Sleep Late In The Morning (Album Version)David Bromberg 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 12, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000006O78
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,355 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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So true and clear!
john w lee
A master singer-songwriter steeped deep in the roots of American music.
Barry Levy
The story telling is shere delieght and just good fun.
mike lewandowski

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7, 1999
Format: Audio CD
David Bromberg The Player: A Retrospective Columbia / Legacy CK65263
Bruce Dickinson must have heard my prayers! Just when I was beginning to panic from not hearing anything from Bromberg in so long, Bruce put together this compilation of some of the player's early stuff for Columbia's "Common Chord" series! David is well and living in Chicago, building violins and venturing out only for rare, well-received concerts. Recorded from 71-74, this cd starts off with a rousing rendition of "Sharon", through a live cut with George Harrison of "The Holdup", and a beautiful live version of "Mr. Bojangles" (both previously unreleased on cd) that make you fall in love with this wooly-haired wild man all over again! Bob Dylan accompanies David on a soul stirring version of "Sammy's Song" that is also making its cd debut! "Suffer To Sing The Blues" is one of my new favorites, along with old standards of "Wallflower", "Statesboro Blues", "Mr. Blue","The Joke's on Me,"and more! The joke will be on you if you don't treat yourself to this disc! John Hathaway
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Kendall VINE VOICE on February 25, 2003
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David Bromberg is one of those musicians that is tough to pigeonhole. His gumbo recipe consists of a touch of blues, a dab of funk,a dollop of old timey folk, with an off-kilter, slightly out-of-tune delivery thrown in for lagniappe . He's hung around the periphery of the music scene for quite a while now. With his unique blend of sardonic, off-the-wall wit and masterful song-styling, his has always been a distinctive voice in the cookie cutter landscape of contemporary music. Best known for his rendition of the Jerry Jeff Walker classic, "Mr. Bojangles," he's never been a big success commercially, but has always been one of those performers who truly deserve wider exposure.
For Bromberg fans, this CD will be familiar territory, as is the case with all "best-of" compendiums. As retrospectives go, however, this is particularly well produced, both in terms of sound quality and song selection. It provides as good an overview of a long and productive career as a 15 song CD can achieve. There are a few songs left off the album that I personally would have liked to have seen included in a true "retrospective," however. Bromberg's 1977 recording of "Child's Song," off his Reckless Abandon album, for instance, is the most bittersweet and poignant rendition of that song I've ever heard. Also missing: "Send me to the L'Ectric Chair" (1974, Wanted Dead or Alive), "Joke's on Me," (1975, Midnight on the Water), "Sweet Home Chicago" (1976, How Late'l Ya Play 'Til?). His '77 best-of release, Out of the Blues: Best of David Bromberg, is another possibility for getting a taste of his earlier recordings, but what is truly needed is a two or even three CD disc (Rhino Records style), to present a true compendium of this singer/songwriter's prolific career. Hopefully, fans will be rewarded with something of the sort in the not too distant future.
BK
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mike lewandowski on August 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This CD is just plain fun. Bromgerg's ability to have a good time while singing traditional songs makes this CD worth playing over and over again. Statesboro Blues is twisted reworked with different lyrics, the same is said about Mr. Bojangles. The story telling is shere delieght and just good fun. One of the most moving songs is Sammy's Song. It is about a boy taken to a brothel by his uncle. The song is tender and deepley moving,with story telling details that transend song structure. There are happy songs as well, like Yankee's revenge. A great bluegrass,folk, country mix instumental with a feeling of a outdoor country dance festival that would make anyone get up and dance. This followed up by Wallflower. A song that has great lyrics about a man approaching a women at a dance. The song Sharon, has unusual chord changes while the lead guitar and bass lines are held down by Jerry Garcia and Phil Lesh respectivly. And no one can complain about the obvious truth to the song, You've got to Suffer to Play the Blues. This CD has a great mix of styles from a great artist. The usual problems of a "retrospective", which is lack of cohesion is avoided here. Everything blends together perfectly.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ira povey on July 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Retrospective is an apt title for this collection, as it is not what I would call the "best" of Bromberg...of course, someone out there might. Most of these songs, though, are killers: Dehlia is incredibly heartfelt and honest without smacking of nerdy technicality (as some white "folkies" can). Sharon is great to crank up when the wife is out... Mr. Bojangles is transformed miraculously from cliche' to poetry...But why why WHY put sappy tunes on like the annoying Mr. Blue when there is so much better Bromberg stuff out there??? I would get either one of the "How Late'll Ya Play Till?" disks for a more consistently blissful Bromberg experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 28, 1999
Format: Audio CD
No David Bromberg "greatest hits" CD (boy that's an oxymoron) is complete without New Lee Highway Blues. This should have been a double CD with some previously unreleased material from Bromberg's peak period. Great stuff, just not enough of it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Geiger on April 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I first became aware of David Bromberg when he guested on a summer replacement series hosted by the late Bobby Darin in the early 70's. Here was this amazing musician with the unusal face and unusal voice to match. But could he play! I proceeded to see him in concert dozens of times since that day and anticipated each album release. I started my own band, named it the SOUL REVIEW after a comment of David's at the start of his first COLUMBIA RECORDS album. We played several of Bromberg's songs.
Hearing this album brought all of that back to me...and then some. It made me wonder....where is David Bromberg now? David if you stumble on this review....I would love to talk with you.
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