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20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Howlin' Wolf

Howlin' Wolf

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Album Review

While this 12-track collection of Howlin' Wolf's prime Chess material is classic electric blues music, it's a distinctly less worthy deal than the 20-track His Best. The latter anthology has the classic "How Many More Years," "Howlin' for My Darling," "Shake for Me," and "Three Hundred Pounds of Joy," none of which make it onto this briefer scoop; in fact, "The Natchez Burnin'" is the only song here that doesn't appear on His Best. Also, The Best of Howlin' Wolf uses the 1970 London Sessions version of "The Red Rooster" rather than the superior original 1961 Chess single. You can't come down too hard on a CD that has "Smokestack Lightnin'," "Wang Dang Doodle," "Back Door Man," "Spoonful," "I Ain't Superstitious," and "Killing Floor," and if it does happen to be your first Howlin' Wolf album it's a decent introduction. But it's just not long enough to be the proper introduction.

Customer Reviews

this Album is a classic!

this Album is a classic!

So Many Great Tunes

The distinctive voice of Howlin' Wolf adds a lot of depth to classic blues music. Howlin' Wolf was one of the greatest blues-men of all time. As a fan of Classic Rock, this album put the music I enjoyed for so many years into a fresh perspective and, ultimately, was the start of my true appreciation for the Blues and the contributions made to Rock & Roll.

Biography

Born: June 10, 1910 in West Point, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

In the history of the blues, there has never been anyone quite like the Howlin' Wolf. Six foot three and close to 300 pounds in his salad days, the Wolf was the primal force of the music spun out to its ultimate conclusion. A Robert Johnson may have possessed more lyrical insight, a Muddy Waters more dignity, and a B.B. King certainly more technical expertise, but no one could match...
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