Sunday, April 28, 2013

Howlin' Wolf - Moanin' in the Moonlight and Howlin' Wolf ("Two on One" CD)

I have several Wolf compilations, but wanted to get this to see how his first two albums (that were the basis for many of the British blues revivalists' set lists) were sequenced to understand how this powerhouse was first heard by most white folks. This CD is available (as of this writing) at $5.99, so regardless of any other Wolf you own, this is one to have, as well.

Included are many of his most famous numbers, from "Little Red Rooster", "Wang Dang Doodle", "Spoonful", "Back Door Man", "How Many More Years", "Smokestack Lightnin'", "Evil", "I Asked for Water" and more to some of his lesser known (but no less great) like "You'll Be Mine", "Tell Me", "No Place to Go", etc.

Two songs herein were recorded at Memphis' Sun Studios with Ike Turner overseeing and playing piano (on one), though the rest were done at Chess with the incredible Hubert Sumlin on guitar and most with songwriter Willie Dixon on bass. That trio of musical giants should be enough to make you want this CD, but the magical music within will make ya play it over & over.

It's the Wolf - need I say more? This is a must-have!