His Best, Vol. 2

His Best, Vol. 2

by Howlin' Wolf
     
 
Where Chess' two-volume Muddy Waters anthology His Best was divided according to chronological guidelines, the Howlin' Wolf series of the same name follows a different pattern. His Best, Vol. 1 contained all of the Wolf's best-known songs -- as if the label never planned a sequel. Consequently, when it came time to assemble

Overview

Where Chess' two-volume Muddy Waters anthology His Best was divided according to chronological guidelines, the Howlin' Wolf series of the same name follows a different pattern. His Best, Vol. 1 contained all of the Wolf's best-known songs -- as if the label never planned a sequel. Consequently, when it came time to assemble Vol. 2, they had two major items ("The Natchez Burning," "Down in the Bottom") that didn't make the first cut, a take of "The Red Rooster" with dialogue, plus a host of songs familiar to Wolf fans, but not casual blues fans. Since Chester Burnett was one of the greatest bluesmen in history, these second-tier songs aren't castoffs -- they're forgotten or unappreciated classics. They might not be as monumental as the songs on His Best, Vol. 1, yet they're great songs, making His Best, Vol. 2 an excellent complement to its essential predecessor.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/1999
Label:
Chess
UPC:
0008811202620
catalogNumber:
12026

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Howlin' Wolf   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Willie Dixon   Bass
Henry Gray   Piano
Buddy Guy   Guitar
Hubert Sumlin   Guitar
Steve Winwood   Organ
Charlie Watts   Drums
Johnny Jones   Piano
Sam Lay   Drums
Andrew McMahon   Bass
Jody Williams   Guitar
Bill Wyman   Bass
Jerome Arnold   Bass
Fred Below   Drums
Junior Blackman   Drums
Jeffrey M. Carp   Harmonica
Eric Clapton   Guitar
Lee Cooper   Guitar
Alfred Elkins   Bass
Donald Hankins   Baritone Saxophone
Hosea Lee Kennard   Piano
Lafayette Leake   Piano
S.P. Leary   Drums
Earl Phillips   Drums
Arnold Rogers   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Rogers   Guitar
Abe Smothers   Guitar
Otis Smokey Smothers   Guitar
Otis Spann   Piano
Willie Steel   Drums
Albert Williams   Piano
Adolph Duncan   Tenor Saxophone
Willie Johnson   Guitar
L.C. Hubert   Piano

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Producer
Leonard Chess   Producer
Phil Chess   Programming
Norman Dayron   Producer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Dick Shurman   Liner Notes
Erick Labson   Remixing
Chester Burnett   Composer

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