Moanin' in the Moonlight

Moanin' in the Moonlight

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by Howlin' Wolf
     
 

It's not often the record biz performs an act of kindness for the greater good of mankind. But the release of Chester "Howlin' Wolf" Burnett's Moanin' In The Moonlight and Howlin' Wolf -- the first two albums by the most volcanic blues roarer of all time -- as a single tidy package is a true public service. Moanin' captures Wolf's 1951-1961See more details below

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It's not often the record biz performs an act of kindness for the greater good of mankind. But the release of Chester "Howlin' Wolf" Burnett's Moanin' In The Moonlight and Howlin' Wolf -- the first two albums by the most volcanic blues roarer of all time -- as a single tidy package is a true public service. Moanin' captures Wolf's 1951-1961 recordings from Chicago and Memphis. Guitarist Willie Johnson, whose amp-rattling tones were the instrumental equivalent of Wolf's thunderous voice, handles fret duties on the Memphis cuts, while the Windy City sessions -- which featured "Shake for Me," "Evil," and the mantric "Smokestack Lightning" -- were backed by notable axmen Hubert Sumlin, Jody Williams, and Lee Cooper. Howlin' Wolf offers the classics "Little Red Rooster," "Back Door Man," "Wang Dang Doodle," and "Spoonful," all of which sound as gritty and exciting as ever. There are other Wolf collections designed to appeal to completists, but this bargain set will do the trick for everyone else. It captures a true blues giant -- hey, he weighed more than 300 pounds -- at the top of his game.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
Howlin' Wolf's first and second Chess albums are essential listening of the highest order. They were compiled -- as were all early blues albums -- from various single sessions (not necessarily a bad thing, either), and blues fans will probably debate endlessly about which of the two albums is the perfect introduction to his music. But this CD reissue renders all arguments moot, as both album appear on one disc, making this a true best buy. Wolf's debut opus -- curiously tacked on here after his second album -- features all of his early hits ("How Many More Years," "Moanin' at Midnight," "Smokestack Lightning," "Forty Four," "Evil," and "I Asked for Water [She Gave Me Gasoline]"), and is a pretty potent collection in its own right. But it is the follow-up (always referred to as "the rocking chair album" because of Don Bronstein's distinctive cover art) where the equally potent teaming of Willie Dixon and Wolf produced one Chicago blues classic ("Spoonful," "The Red Rooster," "Back Door Man," "Wang Dang Doodle") after another. It's also with this marvelous batch of sides that one can clearly hear lead guitarist Hubert Sumlin coming into his own as a blues picking legend. The number of blues acolytes, both black and white, who wore the grooves down to mush learning the songs and guitar licks off these two albums would fill a book all by itself. If you have to narrow it down to just one Howlin' Wolf purchase for the collection, this would be the one to have and undoubtedly the place to start. This and The Best of Muddy Waters are the essential building blocks of any Chicago blues collection. And seldom does the music come with this much personality and brute force.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Chess
UPC:
0076732590829
catalogNumber:
5908
Rank:
4497

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Tracks

  1. Shake for Me  - Howlin' Wolf
  2. The Red Rooster  - Howlin' Wolf
  3. You'll Be Mine  - Howlin' Wolf
  4. Who's Been Talking?  - Howlin' Wolf
  5. Wang Dang Doodle  - Howlin' Wolf
  6. Little Baby  - Howlin' Wolf
  7. Spoonful  - Howlin' Wolf
  8. Goin' Down Slow  - Howlin' Wolf
  9. Down in the Bottom  - Howlin' Wolf
  10. Back Door Man  - Howlin' Wolf
  11. Howlin' for My Baby  - Howlin' Wolf
  12. Tell Me  - Howlin' Wolf
  13. Moanin' at Midnight  - Howlin' Wolf
  14. How Many More Years  - Howlin' Wolf
  15. Smokestack Lightning  - Howlin' Wolf
  16. Baby How Long  - Howlin' Wolf
  17. No Place to Go  - Howlin' Wolf
  18. All Night Boogie (All Night Long)  - Howlin' Wolf
  19. Evil  - Howlin' Wolf
  20. I'm Leaving You  - Howlin' Wolf
  21. Moanin' for My Baby  - Howlin' Wolf
  22. I Asked for Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)  - Howlin' Wolf
  23. Forty-Four  - Howlin' Wolf
  24. Somebody in My Home  - Howlin' Wolf

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Howlin' Wolf   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Willie Dixon   Bass,Vocals
Henry Gray   Piano
Hubert Sumlin   Guitar
Johnny Jones   Piano
Sam Lay   Drums
Jody Williams   Guitar
Fred Below   Drums
Lee Cooper   Guitar
Adolph Dockins   Tenor Saxophone
Ike Turner   Piano
William Johnson   Guitar
Hosea Lee Kennard   Piano
S.P. Leary   Drums
Abe Locke   Tenor Saxophone
L.D. McGhee   Guitar
Earl Phillips   Drums
Jimmy Rogers   Guitar
Otis Smokey Smothers   Guitar
Otis Spann   Piano
Willie Steel   Drums
Willie Johnson   Guitar

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Ralph Bass   Liner Notes
Brownie McGhee   Composer
Howlin' Wolf   Composer
Paul Ackerman   Liner Notes
Chester Burnett   Composer

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