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The Best of David Bromberg

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In the ‘70s, singer/guitarist David Bromberg was among the first to unabashedly sound like a suburban white kid steeped in roots music—and he did it with such singular style, sardonic humor, and undeniable instrumental panache that he became a cult hero. While a 10-track anthology can’t come close to encompassing the broad array of traditional styles Bromberg imprinted with his engagingly offbeat sound (not to mention his ample supply of indelible original tunes), this collection catches the highlights of his ‘70s salad days. It focuses on Bromberg’s own quirky but tradition-conscious compositions, including “The Hold Up” (a mariachi-tinged tale of desperate roadside bandits co-penned by George Harrison), the satirical 12-bar slow burner “Suffer to Sing the Blues,” and the saucy, slinky stripper’s story “Sharon.” But Bromberg brings just as much élan to his extended acoustic cover of “Mr. Bojangles” (the signature song of his onetime employer Jerry Jeff Walker) and a bold, brassy take on the old blues tune “Send Me to the ‘Lectric Chair.” This concise collection will get you off to a great Bromberg start.

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David Bromberg Is a Fantastic Musician

Every song on this collection is a gem, but it does not begin to touch the breadth and depth of David's body of work. Unfortunately David Bromberg dropped out of the music scene almost completely many years ago to raise a family and build guitars. He is slowly but steadily reappearing on the scene. He is a true musical renaissance man, playing many different styles proficiently and writing great songs in all of them. Nobody can touch his lyrics; check out "Sammy's Song" if you get a chance. His big band was fantastic in the 70's and 80's. I saw him live 4 times. His live version of "Sharon" completely tore up the bar in Schaumburg IL. where he played back around 1980. The previous reviewer has no clue. Please Itunes release more of this fantastic artist's work!


If you like clever songwriting, wry delivery and great acoustic guitar playing then you'll enjoy this artists work. Mr. Bojangles is a classic and Bromberg was known for thinly disguised autobiographical work. He was spoken of highly by his contemporaries and his music frequently left you smiling. Why would someone that has never listened to D. Bromberg take the time to write a review calling him "Trash"? Bromberg comes from a time before there were thousands of choices in music and with very few exceptions only talented artists got recording contracts. Based on that alone refering to an artist in such terms is not only rude but its also ignorant. It's not what you do when others are around that defines you - it's what you do when your alone. The internet is full of too many people that feel fulfilled by flaming someone else. It's a long life and very few people get through it without a humbling experience. Take it easy.

A true musician's musician

Bromberg has been making great music for too long to be carelessly labelled trash by some clueless twit.


Born: September 19, 1945 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A strikingly gifted multi-instrumentalist with an intuitive understanding of American roots music styles and a sly sense of humor, David Bromberg has earned a following for his many solo recordings and has served as a sideman and collaborator with some of the most respected artists in his field. Bromberg was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 19, 1945, and spent most of his childhood in Tarrytown, New York. As a teenager, Bromberg got hooked on rock & roll and began exploring the blues,...
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