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Howlin´ WOLF – The Howlin´ Wolf Album 1968

Posted in BLUES, Howlin' WOLF on December 7, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Howlin´ WOLF – The Howlin´ Wolf Album 1968


The Howlin’ Wolf Album is a 1969 album by Howlin’ Wolf which mixed blues with psychedelic rock arrangements on several of Howlin’ Wolf’s classic songs. Howlin’ Wolf strongly disliked the album, and Chess Records referenced this fact on the album’s cover. The album peaked at #69 on the Billboard Black Albums chart.

In 1968, Chess Records made an attempt to modernize the sound of bluesmen Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters by convincing them to record Jimi Hendrix-inspired psychedelic arrangements resulting in the albums Electric Mud and The Howlin’ Wolf Album.The recording sessions for The Howlin’ Wolf Album featured the same musicians as Electric Mud. Howlin’ Wolf disliked the proposed sound, which he did not consider to be blues.According to guitarist Pete Cosey, during the recording sessions, Howlin’ Wolf “looked at me and he said ‘Why don’t you take them wah-wahs and all that other shit and go throw it off in the lake — on your way to the barber shop?'”

Marshall Chess referred to Howlin’ Wolf’s dislike of the arrangements on the album’s cover.Howlin’ Wolf took exception to the blurb, as he had enthusiastically adopted the use of electric guitar, and had led the first entirely electric blues combo in West Memphis in the early 1950s.Howlin’ Wolf stated that the album was “dog shit”.According to Chess, the album’s cover hurt its sales. Chess states that “I used negativity in the title, and it was a big lesson: You can’t say on the cover that the artist didn’t like the album. It didn’t really sell that well. But it was just an attempt. They were just experiments.”

The Howlin’ Wolf Album did not sell as well as Electric Mud.The Howlin’ Wolf Album peaked at #69 on the Billboard Black Albums chart.The album’s single, “Evil”, peaked at #43 on the Black Singles chart.
The Wolf dubbed this LP ‘dog shit’, and many blues purists agreed with him. Like his peer Muddy Waters, the Wolf was none too enthused about psych-ing and funking up his sound.

So, is it a steaming pile of dog doo? If you can dig Muddy’s ‘Electric Mud’, then it certainly ain’t. There’s the same nasty, filthy, super raw vibe here that prevails on Muddy’s much maligned psych-funk outing.
“Spoonful” is just lowdown, funkatised blues-rock at its stankiest… The Wolf howls like always, with that big, crackeling voice of his, and guitarist Pete Cosey and drummer Morgan Jennings put in that muddied, electrified, rockin’ psych-soul sound…
The fuzz comes on especially strong on a funked up rendition of “Tail Dagger” and it gets even greasier on “Smokestack Lightnin'”, which cooks up a groove so down low and in-the-pocket it’s insane…
“Moanin’ at Midnight” finds a way to incorporate the sitar – a staple of the hippest psychedelic bands around at the time – but it’s pretty traditional for the rest… A lurching, droning, one-chorded groove featuring some deep down Mississippah harmonica wailings. But the smelly groove juice of the funk-in-motion is back for a lazy, sleazed, cruisin’ take on “Built for Comfort”.
“The Red Rooster” is barely recognizable; riding a busy beat and a swampy guitar groove, it drones on relentlessly. The same stutter steppin’ rhythm propels “Evil”, turning it into a strange, trippy, wah wah-infested rocker. But the most intrictate rhythmic pattern is reserved for “Down in the Bottom”, with its busy drums and pumping bass.
It’s back to the Funk with another swangin’ jam in the guise of “Three Hundred Pounds of Joy”, after which Howlin’ goes for his, churning out the sole traditional blues piece here. Before sockin’ into “Back Door Man”, the Wolf laments on how ‘the music these days ain’t the Blues… it’s just a good rhythm they carry’…
Be that as it may, for those into fuzzed rock and psych-funk, this is a pretty sweet smelling serving.
By Soulmakossa.
Howlin’ Wolf— Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Gene Barge— Horn & Electric Sax
Pete Cosey— Guitar & Bowed Guitar
Hubert Sumlin- Guitar
Roland Faulkner— Guitar
Don Myrick— Flute
Louis Satterfield— Bass
Phil Upchurch— Bass & Guitar
Morris Jennings— Drums
Side A
A1. Spoonful (Dixon) 3:52
A2. Tail Dragger (Dixon) 4:33
A3. Smokestack Lightning (Howlin’ Wolf) 3:56
A4. Moanin’ at Midnight (Howlin’ Wolf, Taub) 3:15
A5. Built for Comfort (Dixon) 5:11

Side B
B1. The Red Rooster (Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf 3:50
B2. Evil (Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf) 4:06
B3. Down in the Bottom (Dixon) 2:45
B4. Three Hundred Pounds of Joy (Dixon) 2:35
B5. Back Door Man (Dixon) 6:51

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Howlin´ WOLF – Live and Cookin' At Alice's Revisited 1972

Posted in BLUES, Howlin' WOLF on November 18, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Howlin´ WOLF – Live and Cookin’ At Alice’s Revisited 1972
1992 Issue.


A compact-disc reissue of Wolf’s 1972 live album with the addition of two stellar bonus cuts. The first one, “Big House,” first showed up on a hodgepodge Wolf bootleg album from the ’70s. Its non-appearance on the original abum is somewhat of a mystery since it’s arguably one of the best performances here. Set at a medium tempo, Wolf stretches out comfortably for over seven minutes, singing certain verses he likes two or three times as the band locks in with deadly authority. Certainly any list of great Howlin’ Wolf vocal performances would have to include this one. The second bonus track, “Mr. Airplane Man,” is Wolf working his one-riff-fits-all voodoo for all it’s worth. You can tell from note one of his vocal entrance that the pilot light of inspiration is fully lit and the ensuing performance is the Wolf at his howlin’ best. Also of special note are the wild and wooly takes on “I Had a Dream,” “I Didn’t Know” and Muddy Waters’s “Mean Mistreater.” There are mistakes galore out of the band and some p.a. system feedback here and there, both of which only add to the charm of it all. A great document of Wolf toward the end, still capable of bringing the heat and rocking the house down to the last brick.
By Cub Koda.
This album has been quite hard to get a hold of for a while, but here it is, remastered and featuring Howlin’ Wolf backed by his powerful early-70s combo, the Wolf Gang, which included guitarists Hubert Sumlin and L.V. Williams, bassist Dave Myers, drummer extraordinaire Fred Below, legendary piano player Sunnyland Slim, and saxist Eddie Shaw.

Wolf himself was in his early sixties at the time this recording was made, and starting to suffer from ill health, but he could still rise to his former heights when it came to winning over an audience.
This album was originally issued on LP in 1972, and featured eight songs. Two excellent bonus tracks were added when it was re-released on CD, extending the running time to just under 65 minutes, and Wolf and his band sound thoroughly inspired all the way through. Howlin’ Wolf doesn’t perform any of his classic hits, but once you slip this disc into your CD player and turn up the volume you will hardly notice. These powerful live versions of songs like the driving “I Didn’t Know”, Big Bill Broonzy’s “I Had A Dream” (in a thumping high-octane rendition), and the gritty “Don’t Laugh At Me” are every bit as great as any Willie Dixon-penned R&B hit.
Opening with the eight-minute “When I Laid Down I Was Troubled”, Wolf and the band swagger through one blues powerhouse after another, mostly mid-tempo numbers with a few slow grinds thrown in for good measure, like the supremely funky “The Big House”. Wolf’s vocal performance on that one is one of his best ever; he stretches out comfortably for over seven minutes, singing certain verses he likes two or three times as the band locks in with deadly authority. And the other bonus cut, “Mr Airplane Man”, is Wolf working his one-riff voodoo for all it’s worth, a swinging, soulful sax riff and a groove deep enough to get lost in.

You won’t find a tougher, more enjoyable live blues record anywhere. Muddy’s Newport album is great, and so is John Lee Hooker’s “Live At The Café Au Go Go (And Soledad Prison)”, but this pulsating steam engine is live blues at its very best and grooviest. The sound is not truly stellar, in spite of the remastering, but once you turn it up and start rocking back and forth in your seat with your eyes closed, you won’t care one bit.
By Docendo Discumus.
Not bad for a 60-year-old man—a very ill one. In the late 1960s and 1970s, Wolf suffered several heart attacks, and his kidneys began to fail him. For the rest of his life, he received dialysis treatments every three days, administered by Lillie. Despite his failing health, Howlin’ Wolf stoically continued to record and perform. In 1972 he recorded a live album at a Chicago club, “Live and Cookin’ at Alice’s Revisited.”
Howlin´ Wol-f (Vocals, Harmonica);
Hubert Sumlin, L.V. Williams- (Guitar);
Eddie Shaw- (Tenor Sax);
Sunnyland Slim- (Piano);
David Myers- (Bass);
Fred Below- (Drums).
01. When I Laid Down I Was Troubled
02. I Didn’t Know
03. Mean Mistreater
04. I Had A Dream
05. Call Me The Wolf
06. Don’t Laugh At Me
07. Just Passing By
08. Sitting On Top Of The World
09. Big House
10. Mr.Airplane Man

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Howlin' WOLF and The Wolf Gang – Live At Ebbets Field 1973

Posted in BLUES, Howlin' WOLF on November 18, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Howlin’ WOLF and The Wolf Gang – Live At Ebbets Field 1973
Thx to *Drucen*


Howlin’ Wolf – Guitar, Vocals
Detroit Jr. – Piano, Vocals
Hubert Sumlin – Guitar
S.P. Leary – Drums
Andrew “Shake ‘Em” McMahon – Bass
Eddie Shaw – Tenor Sax, Vocals
01. Talk To My Baby 5:05
02. I Can’t Stop Loving You (Instrumental) 4:41
03. Your Love Is Creeping Away From Me 5:23
04. Baby Workout 3:20
05. How Blue Can You Get 6:56
06. What’d I Say 5:33
07. Little Red Rooster 4:50
08. Going Down Slow > Killing Floor 14:13
09. Shake For Me 5:22
10. Instrumental/Goodnights 3:39

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