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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Joined by some cream-of-the-crop of British blues players, the legendary Howlin’ Wolf turned in one of his last great recordings on this all-star get-together. Guitarist Eric Clapton takes the lead guitar chores, while Rolling Stones Bill Wyman on bass and Charlie Watts on drums make up the rhythm section. (Among the other guests are Rolling Stones associate Ian Stewart on piano and Steve Winwood, who later overdubbed keyboard parts in Chicago.) Hubert Sumlin, Wolf’s regular guitarist, is also here providing a solid bedrock. The playing from all is tasty rather than flashy; this was the leader’s session, and their restraint displays their respect. The mighty Wolf, for ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Joined by some cream-of-the-crop of British blues players, the legendary Howlin’ Wolf turned in one of his last great recordings on this all-star get-together. Guitarist Eric Clapton takes the lead guitar chores, while Rolling Stones Bill Wyman on bass and Charlie Watts on drums make up the rhythm section. (Among the other guests are Rolling Stones associate Ian Stewart on piano and Steve Winwood, who later overdubbed keyboard parts in Chicago.) Hubert Sumlin, Wolf’s regular guitarist, is also here providing a solid bedrock. The playing from all is tasty rather than flashy; this was the leader’s session, and their restraint displays their respect. The mighty Wolf, for his part, gives it all he's got, digging into strong versions of some of his best-loved numbers. The expanded version collects three tracks from the London Revisited album and a full disc of highly interesting unreleased tracks.
All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions was not a high point in the careers of either Howlin' Wolf or the guest superstars Eric Clapton, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Stevie Winwood, and Ringo Starr, it's not as bad as some blues purists make it out to be. This deluxe edition two-CD set pads out the original with an entire disc of previously unreleased alternate takes/alternate mixes and three tracks from the same sessions that eventually showed up on the 1974 compilation London Revisited, which also included material by Muddy Waters. Fewer and fewer leftovers from the Chess catalog were available at the beginning of the 21st century, so here this is, bolstered by lengthy and entertaining liner notes spotlighting memories from producer Norman Dayron. The original album, presented here in its original mix, was adequate but flawed. The alternate versions really aren't all that different from the ones selected for the album, and some, in fact, are just alternate mixes. There are, however, some occasional notable differences, like "What a Woman!" with an organ overdub,"Poor Boy" with different lyrics, "The Red Rooster" with an alternate piano, a rawer "Who's Been Talking" with lots of studio chat, a version of "Do the Do" that goes on more than twice as long as the album rendition, and a "rehearsal take" the only such item here of "Worried About My Baby" that's far sparser than the one ultimately chosen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2003
  • Label: Chess
  • UPC: 008811298524
  • Catalog Number: 112985

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rockin' Daddy (3:46)
  2. 2 I Ain't Superstitious (3:32)
  3. 3 Sittin' on Top of the World (3:53)
  4. 4 Worried About My Baby (2:58)
  5. 5 What a Woman! (3:03)
  6. 6 Poor Boy (3:05)
  7. 7 Built for Comfort (2:10)
  8. 8 Who's Been Talking? (3:04)
  9. 9 The Red Rooster (1:59)
  10. 10 The Red Rooster (3:58)
  11. 11 Do the Do (2:21)
  12. 12 Highway 49 (2:48)
  13. 13 Wang Dang Doodle (4:32)
  14. 14 Goin' Down Slow (5:55)
  15. 15 Killing Floor (5:17)
  16. 16 I Want to Have a Word With You (4:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Worried About My Baby (3:46)
  2. 2 The Red Rooster (3:32)
  3. 3 What a Woman! (3:53)
  4. 4 Who's Been Talking? (2:58)
  5. 5 Worried About My Baby (3:03)
  6. 6 I Ain't Superstitious (3:05)
  7. 7 Highway 49 (2:10)
  8. 8 Do the Do (3:04)
  9. 9 Poor Boy (1:59)
  10. 10 I Ain't Superstitious (3:58)
  11. 11 What a Woman! (2:21)
  12. 12 Rockin' Daddy (2:48)
  13. 13 [Untitled Hidden Track] (4:32)
  14. 14 [Untitled Hidden Track] (5:55)
  15. 15 [Untitled Hidden Track] (5:17)
  16. 16 [Untitled Hidden Track] (4:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Howlin' Wolf Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Hubert Sumlin Guitar
Joe Miller Horn
Steve Winwood Organ, Piano
Charlie Watts Percussion, Conga, Drums
Phil Upchurch Bass
Bill Wyman Bass Guitar, Shaker, cowbell
John Simon Piano
Jeffrey M. Carp Harmonica
Eric Clapton Guitar
Dennis Lansing Horn
Lafayette Leake Piano
Jordan Sandke Horn
Ian Stewart Piano
Klaus Voormann Bass
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Big Joe Williams Composer
Aretha Franklin Composer
Walter Vinson Composer
Don Wilson Illustrations
Lonnie Chatmon Composer
Norman Dayron Producer, Mixdown Producer
Glyn Johns Engineer
Andy McKaie Remixing
John Strother Engineer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
James Burke Oden Composer
Mike Ragogna Remixing
Peter Amft Portrait Photography
James Oden Composer
Chester Burnett Composer
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