MCA/Chess' two excellent Howlin' Wolf-compilations, "His Best" and "His Best vol. II", have perhaps made this album a little obsolete, but if you just want one Howlin' Wolf album, or if you are perhaps looking for a place to start your collection, this is an excellent choice.
"Howlin' Wolf / Moanin' In The Moonlight" combine Chester Burnett's first two LPs on one CD, and these classic songs are a truly essential blues purchase.
When these two albums were put together and released as a CD in 1986, the songs from Wolf's second album, the so-called "Rockin' Chair Album" (because of the cover art by Don Bronstein), were mysteriously put before the ones from his debut. But it doesn't really matter - almost every song from both these 1962 releases is a gem, from Willie Dixon's "The Red Rooster" and "Meet Me Down in The Bottom" to Wolf's own "How Many More Years", "Smokestack Lightnin'" and "Forty-Four", and a re-working of Tommy Johnson's menacing "I Asked For Water (she gave me gasoline)".
Wolf had one of the best backing-bands in the business, originally featuring the raw, blistering lead guitar work of Willie Johnson, but most of these recordings feature the magnificent playing of one of the the most underrated guitarists in the business, the sublime Hubert Sumlin.
This album is not necessarily a must-own in itself, since the best songs are also available elsewhere, but the music certainly is, and this is a good way of getting it.