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iTunes Editors’ Notes

An old story has it that Otis Redding considered doing a version of "Just Like a Woman," but ultimately decided that its composer had written "too many words." Ex-petrol station attendant Graham Parker could have taken the thought of a Redding/Dylan match-up as his concept for 1976's Howlin Wind. Revving up the R&B and good-old-rock-and-roll styles of pub rock until they melded tightly with his existential stance ("The preacher walks within us and/Spares the rod"), Parker, his band the Rumour, and producer Nick Lowe committed a masterpiece that was about three minutes early for punk. The musicians were at home with everything from the tough Kingston groove of "Don't Ask Me Questions" to the fleet rockabilly of "Back to Schooldays," and fresh enough to make something of their own with them. Parker probably got sick of the comparison fast, but this really was the greatest record Van Morrison never made.

Customer Reviews

Howlin' Wind

Rough when it needs to be rough,and oh so smooth when the mood strikes. This goes back to an era when hope seemed easier to come by. Buckle on your dancing shoes but don't bother shaving as GP and the boys show anger and love can coexist.

where's Heat Treatment?

Great album! If you liked this you really need to search out Heat Treatment, recorded that same year. These release dates are totally bogus. This is a 1976 release. Also reference the Rolling Stone review of both these albums in their 20th anniversary 100 best albums review.

One of the greats...

33 years later and it sounds as fresh as the first time I was absolutely blown away by it. Don't buy by the song, buy the whole album!!!

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