Rolling Stone - 4/11/02, p.107Ranked #33
in Rolling Stone's "50 Coolest Records" - "...HOWLIN WOLF is the toughest, meanest of electric blues..."
2 LPs on 1 CD.
Includes liner notes by Don Kamerer.
MOANIN' IN THE MOONLIGHT:
Personnel: Howlin' Wolf (vocals, harmonica); Willie Johnson, Hubert Sumlin, Jody Williams, Lee Cooper, L.D. McGhee, Otis "Smokey" Smothers (guitar); Adolph "Billy" Dockins (tenor saxophone); Ike Turner, Hosea Lee Kennard, Otis Spann (piano); Willie Dixon (bass); Willie Steel, Earl Phillips, Fred Below, S.P. Leary (drums).
Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee and Chicago, Illinois between 1951 and March 1959. Originally released on Chess (9195) in 1959. Includes original liner notes by Ralph Bass.
Personnel: Howlin' Wolf (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Willie Dixon (vocals, bass); Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Rogers, Otis "Smokey" Smothers, Willie Johnson (guitar); Abe Locke (tenor saxophone); Johnny Jones, Henry Gray, Hosea Lee Kennard, Otis Spann (piano); Sammy Lay, Earl Phillips, Fred Below, S.P. Leary (drums).
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois between June 24, 1957 and May 1961. Originally released on Chess in 1962. Includes original liner notes by Paul Ackerman.
Personnel: Howlin' Wolf (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Willie Dixon (vocals); L.D. McGhee, Lee Cooper, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Rogers , Jody Williams, Otis Smokey Smothers, William Johnson, Willie Johnson (guitar); Abe Locke, Adolph Dockins (tenor saxophone); Henry Gray, Ike Turner, Hosea Lee Kennard, Johnny Jones , Otis Spann (piano); Earl Phillips, Fred Below, Willie Steel, S.P. Leary, Sam Lay (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Paul Ackerman; Ralph Bass.
Recording information: Chicago, IL; Memphis.
Simply put, this disc is indispensable for anyone interested in blues, rock, or good music in general. One of the rare, genuine "deals" on record store shelves, this two-fer compiles Howlin' Wolf's first two full-length albums on one CD and offers twenty-two tracks of the man's absolute finest. These are the essential documents of the man who was the last word in electric Chicago blues--a unique and riveting performer whose voice could loose buildings from their foundations and remove skin from bone.
Wolf's visceral impact is overwhelming at times, and his performances on these tunes are definitive. All his best-known and loved are here, including "Shake For Me," "The Red Rooster," "Wang Dang Doodle" Spoonful," "Evil" and "Forty Four." As good, if not better, than any "best of" collection, MOANIN' IN THE MOONLIGHT/HOWLIN' WOLF is a must.