The Definitive Collection: Howlin' Wolf
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||Moanin' At Midnight||Howlin' Wolf||2:54||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||How Many More Years||Howlin' Wolf||2:40||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Evil (Is Going On)||Howlin' Wolf||2:53||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Forty-Four||Howlin' Wolf||2:47||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Smokestack Lightnin'||Howlin' Wolf||3:06||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||I Asked for Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)||Howlin' Wolf||2:50||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Who's Been Talking?||Howlin' Wolf||2:21||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Sitting On Top of the World (1958 Single)||Howlin' Wolf||2:32||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Howlin' for My Darlin'||Howlin' Wolf||2:31||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Wang Dang Doodle||Howlin' Wolf||2:22||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Back Door Man||Howlin' Wolf||2:48||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Spoonful||Howlin' Wolf||2:43||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Shake for Me||Howlin' Wolf||2:15||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Red Rooster (1961 Single)||Howlin' Wolf||2:26||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I Ain't Superstitious (1961 Single)||Howlin' Wolf||2:53||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Goin' Down Slow||Howlin' Wolf||4:01||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Three Hundred Pounds of Joy||Howlin' Wolf||3:05||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Hidden Charms||Howlin' Wolf||2:21||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Built for Comfort||Howlin' Wolf||2:37||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Killing Floor (1964 Single)||Howlin' Wolf||2:49||$0.99||View In iTunes|
At six foot three and 270 pounds, Chester Burnett was a bear of a man, but his voice, rough and harsh as broken Delta glass, was what really gave him dimension. A powerful blues shouter out of the Charley Patton mold, Burnett (or Howlin' Wolf, as he came to be known) brought a feral fire to his vocals that made him sound like a gale force hurricane in front of the microphone. But he was far from a loose cannon. He had remarkable control over that voice, as the first track from this wonderful collection of his classic Chess sides makes clear. "Moanin' at Midnight," recorded in 1958 for Sam Phillips (Phillips promptly sold the master to Chicago's Chess Records), is nothing more than an amped-up and electrified field holler, but Wolf's subtle, wordless vocal phrasing makes it carry enough pain, suffering, pride, desperation, and resignation to fill the world to breaking, all in a single rocking performance that hits like a brick to the head. The Chess brothers recorded Wolf frequently in the next dozen or so years, wisely pairing him with guitarist Hubert Sumlin and bassist/songwriter Willie Dixon more often than not, and Wolf's output for the label between 1958 and 1964 forms the core of one of the greatest legacies in the history of the blues. All of his key Chess singles are here, including "Smokestack Lightning," his redefinitions of the Mississippi Sheiks' "Sittin' on Top of the World" and Skip James' "Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues" (reborn as "Killing Floor" in Wolf's hands), and his signature versions of Dixon's "Backdoor Man," "Spoonful," "The Red Rooster," and "I Ain't Superstitious," making this set a marvelous introduction to one of the most powerful voices in recorded history. What you need to hear is here. [The Definitive Collection contains the same tracks as the 1997 MCA release His Best].
Howlin' the blues
Being an avide blues fan in addition to seeking out new players carrying on the tradition of this sometimes forgotten art form, I am always collecting the classics the guys that started it all and Howlin' wolf is one of the originators of the Chicago blues along with Muddy, Little walter and many others. If you are a fan of newer blues artists like Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Bonamassa and Back Door slam or you are a fan of some of the classic guitar Heroes like Clapton, SRV,Beck and Page I highly reccomend this album, and many other classic blues artists like Robert Johnson, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and many others this is were it started. This Is the Blues.
Howling for the wolf
I am an avid blues fan and I love this collection of Howling Wolf's for me greatest hits. His influence on musicians that followed him was profound--as was his talent.
I haven't listened to much blues music myself, but this album sounded pretty good to me. I really like this guy's voice. :D
Born: June 10, 1910 in West Point, MS
Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s