The Chess Box

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
This three-CD box set currently rates as the best -- and most digestible -- overview of Howlin' Wolf's career. Disc one starts with the Memphis sides that eventually brought him to the label, including hits like "How Many More Years," but also compiling unissued sides that had previously only been available on vinyl bootlegs of dubious origin and fidelity. The disc finishes with an excellent cross section of early Chicago sessions, including classic Wolf tracks like "Evil," "Forty Four," "I'll Be Around," and "Who Will Be Next?" Disc two picks it up from there, guiding listeners from mid- to late-'50s barnburners like "The Natchez Burning" and "I Better Go Now" to the bulk of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
This three-CD box set currently rates as the best -- and most digestible -- overview of Howlin' Wolf's career. Disc one starts with the Memphis sides that eventually brought him to the label, including hits like "How Many More Years," but also compiling unissued sides that had previously only been available on vinyl bootlegs of dubious origin and fidelity. The disc finishes with an excellent cross section of early Chicago sessions, including classic Wolf tracks like "Evil," "Forty Four," "I'll Be Around," and "Who Will Be Next?" Disc two picks it up from there, guiding listeners from mid- to late-'50s barnburners like "The Natchez Burning" and "I Better Go Now" to the bulk of the Willie Dixon classics. The final disc runs out the last of the Dixon sessions into mid-'60s classics like "Killing Floor," taking the listener to a nice selection of his final recordings. A really nice bonus on this box set is the inclusion on the first two discs of snippets from a 1968 Howlin' Wolf interview and two performances of Wolf playing solo acoustic. If you've heard the sound of the Wolf, here's where you go to get a lot of it in one place. Definitely not the place to start unless you have money to burn, but maybe just the perfect place to end up.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/12/1991
  • Label: Chess
  • UPC: 076732933220
  • Catalog Number: 9332

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Moanin' At Midnight (2:55)
  2. 2 How Many More Years (2:42)
  3. 3 Howlin' Wolf Boogie (2:38)
  4. 4 The Wolf Is At Your Door (2:58)
  5. 5 Mr. Highway Man (2:48)
  6. 6 Howlin' Wolf Talks, No.1 (1:57)
  7. 7 Bluebird (2:50)
  8. 8 Saddle My Pony (2:34)
  9. 9 Well That's All Right (3:03)
  10. 10 My Last Affair (2:58)
  11. 11 Just My Kind (3:02)
  12. 12 Work For Your Money (2:20)
  13. 13 Mama Died And Left Me (3:14)
  14. 14 All Night Boogie (All Night Long) (2:14)
  15. 15 Streamline Woman (2:45)
  16. 16 Crazy About You Baby (2:22)
  17. 17 You Gonna Wreck My Life (No Place to Go) (2:35)
  18. 18 Neighbors (2:46)
  19. 19 Howlin' Wolf Talks, No. 2 (1:47)
  20. 20 I'm The Wolf (2:52)
  21. 21 Rockin' Daddy (3:03)
  22. 22 Baby How Long (2:54)
  23. 23 Evil (2:53)
  24. 24 I'll Be Around (3:13)
  25. 25 Forty-Four (2:50)
  26. 26 Who Will Be Next? (2:34)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Don't Mess With My Baby (4:04)
  2. 2 Smokestack Lightning (2:56)
  3. 3 You Can't Be Beat (3:06)
  4. 4 Howlin' Wolf Talks, No. 3 (0:56)
  5. 5 I Asked for Water (She Gave Me Gasoline) (2:47)
  6. 6 The Natchez Burning (2:09)
  7. 7 Who's Been Talking? (2:23)
  8. 8 Tell Me (2:58)
  9. 9 Sitting on Top of the World (2:35)
  10. 10 I Didn't Know (2:36)
  11. 11 Moanin' for My Baby (2:48)
  12. 12 Change My Way (3:32)
  13. 13 I Better Go Now (2:43)
  14. 14 Howlin' for My Darlin' (2:32)
  15. 15 I've Been Abused (2:38)
  16. 16 Mr. Airplane Man (3:21)
  17. 17 Wang Dang Doodle (2:23)
  18. 18 Back Door Man (2:48)
  19. 19 Howlin' Wolf Talks, No. 4 (0:26)
  20. 20 Spoonful (2:44)
  21. 21 Down In The Bottom (2:35)
  22. 22 Shake For Me (2:15)
  23. 23 The Red Rooster (2:29)
  24. 24 You'll Be Mine (2:27)
  25. 25 Just Like I Treat You (2:57)
  26. 26 I Ain't Superstitious (2:54)
  27. 27 Goin' Down Slow
  28. 28 Tail Dragger
Disc 3
  1. 1 Hidden Charms (2:22)
  2. 2 Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy (3:05)
  3. 3 Built For Comfort (2:39)
  4. 4 Love Me Darlin' (2:52)
  5. 5 Killing Floor (2:51)
  6. 6 My Country Sugar Mama (2:37)
  7. 7 Louise (2:44)
  8. 8 I Walked From Dallas (3:15)
  9. 9 Tell Me What I've Done (2:49)
  10. 10 Don't Laugh At Me (3:15)
  11. 11 Ooh Baby (Hold Me) (2:38)
  12. 12 New Crawlin' King Snake (2:56)
  13. 13 My Mind Is Ramblin' (2:51)
  14. 14 Commit A Crime (3:07)
  15. 15 Dust My Broom (2:55)
  16. 16 I'm The Wolf (5:08)
  17. 17 Ain't Goin' Down That Dirt Road (5:51)
  18. 18 Mary Sue (3:04)
  19. 19 Hard Luck (3:13)
  20. 20 The Red Rooster (5:56)
  21. 21 Moving (2:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Howlin' Wolf Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
James Cotton Harmonica
Willie Dixon Bass, Vocals
Henry Gray Piano
Buddy Guy Bass, Guitar
Freddie King Guitar
Hubert Sumlin Guitar
Steve Winwood Organ
Charlie Watts Drums
Sam Lay Drums
Andrew McMahon Bass
Jody Williams Guitar
Bill Wyman Bass
Jerome Arnold Bass
Fred Below Drums
Junior Blackman Drums
J.T. Brown Tenor Saxophone
Jeffrey M. Carp Harmonica
Eric Clapton Guitar
Lee Cooper Guitar
Alfred Elkins Bass
James Green Bass
Donald Hankins Baritone Saxophone
Ike Turner Piano
Hosea Lee Kennard Piano
Lafayette Leake Piano
S.P. Leary Drums
Abe Locke Tenor Saxophone
L.D. McGhee Guitar
Earl Phillips Drums
Arnold Rogers Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Rogers Guitar
Otis Spann Piano
Albert Williams Piano
Adolph Duncan Tenor Saxophone
Willie Johnson Guitar
Willie Harris Guitar
L.C. Hubert Piano
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer, Producer
Walter Vinson Composer
Howlin' Wolf Composer
Lonnie Chatmon Composer
Leonard Chess Producer
Phil Chess Producer
Norman Dayron Producer
Bill Inglot Remixing
Andy McKaie Producer, Remixing
Doug Schwartz Engineer
Dick Shurman Liner Notes
John Strother Remixing
Chris Morris Liner Notes
Chester Burnett Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great collection

    Fantastic collection of songs and performances; outstanding sound quality; terrific packaging.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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