Donnerstag, 7. April 2016

Howlin´ Wolf - Howlin´ Wolf (Chess, 1962)

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 him for the singular ability to rock the house down to the foundation while simultaneously scaring its patrons out of its wits.

Howlin' Wolf's second album brings together some of the blues great's best singles from the late '50s and early '60s. It is a collection of six singles previously released by the Chess label from 1960 through 1962. Because of the illustration on its sleeve (by Don Bronstein), the album is often called "The Rockin' Chair Album", a nickname even added to the cover on some reissue pressings of the LP.

The so-called "Rockin' Chair Album" represents the cream of Wolf's Chicago blues work. Those tracks afforded classic status are many, including "Spoonful," "The Red Rooster," "Wang Dang Doodle," "Back Door Man," "Shake for Me," and "Who's Been Talking?" Also featuring the fine work of Chess house producer and bassist Willie Dixon and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, this album qualifies as one of pinnacles of early electric blues, and is an essential album for any quality blues collection.


Shake For Me/The Red Rooster/You'll Be Mine/Who's Been Talkin'/Wang-Dang-Doodle/Little Baby//Spoonful/Going Down Slow/Down In The Bottom/Back Door Man/Howlin' For My Baby/Tell Me

Howlin´ Wolf - same (Chess, 1962)
(192 kbps, cover art included)

2 Kommentare:

Feilimid O'Broin hat gesagt…

This is one of my favorite Wolf recordings. Thanks so much for reposting it.

zero hat gesagt…

Yes, it´s a wonderful albumg! Greetings!

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