The Real Folk Blues

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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
This was originally released by Chess in 1966 to capitalize on the then-current folk music boom. The music, however -- a collection of Howlin' Wolf singles from 1956 to 1966 -- is full-blown electric, featuring a nice sampling of Wolf originals with a smattering of Willie Dixon tunes. Some of the man's best middle period work is aboard here; "Killing Floor," "Louise," the hair-raisingly somber "Natchez Burning," and Wolf's version of the old standard "Sitting on Top of the World," which would become his set closer in later years. The Mobile Fidelity version sounds as sonically sharp as anything you've ever heard by this artist and its heftier price tag is somewhat justified by...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
This was originally released by Chess in 1966 to capitalize on the then-current folk music boom. The music, however -- a collection of Howlin' Wolf singles from 1956 to 1966 -- is full-blown electric, featuring a nice sampling of Wolf originals with a smattering of Willie Dixon tunes. Some of the man's best middle period work is aboard here; "Killing Floor," "Louise," the hair-raisingly somber "Natchez Burning," and Wolf's version of the old standard "Sitting on Top of the World," which would become his set closer in later years. The Mobile Fidelity version sounds as sonically sharp as anything you've ever heard by this artist and its heftier price tag is somewhat justified by the inclusion of two bonus cuts. But those on a budget who just want the music minus the high-minded audiophile concerns will be happy to note that this is also available as a Chess budget reissue. [Originally released in 1966, the LP was reissued on an import-only Japanese CD in 2004.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/15/2007
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • EAN: 4988005456588
  • Catalog Number: 93211

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Killing Floor (2:48)
  2. 2 Louise (2:41)
  3. 3 Poor Boy (2:32)
  4. 4 Sitting on Top of the World (2:30)
  5. 5 Nature (2:44)
  6. 6 My Country Sugar Mama (2:33)
  7. 7 Tail Dragger (2:55)
  8. 8 Three Hundred Pounds of Joy - Willie Dixon (3:02)
  9. 9 Natchez Burning - Willie Dixon (2:09)
  10. 10 Built for Comfort - Willie Dixon (2:35)
  11. 11 Ooh Baby (Hold Me) (2:36)
  12. 12 Tell Me What I've Done (2:47)
  13. 13 Smokestack Lightning (3:06)
  14. 14 Hidden Charms (2:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Howlin' Wolf Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Willie Dixon Bass, Track Performer
Buddy Guy Bass Guitar
Hubert Sumlin Guitar
Johnny Jones Piano
Sam Lay Drums
Jody Williams Guitar
Junior Blackman Drums
J.T. Brown Tenor Saxophone
Donald Hankins Baritone Saxophone
Donald Hawkins Baritone Saxophone
Hosea Lee Kennard Piano
Lafayette Leake Piano
Andrew Palmer Electric Bass
Earl Phillips Drums
Arnold Rogers Tenor Saxophone
Otis Smokey Smothers Guitar
Willie Johnson Guitar
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Liner Notes
Walter Vinson Composer
Lonnie Chatmon Composer
Marshall Chess Producer
Greg Fulginiti Mastering
Chris Morris Liner Notes
Chester Burnett Composer
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