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Sings the Blues CD


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The blues has been a wellspring for rivers of pop, rock and R&B and there's nothing quite like returning to the source. In the mid-'60s, Chess Records released a series of legendary "best of" albums for Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin' Wolf. Under each artist's name, The Real Folk Blues was issued in 1966 and a More Real Folk Blues ... Read more in Amazon's Howlin' Wolf Store

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  • Audio CD (31 May 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B00024GY40
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,793 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Riding In The Moonlight
2. Worried About My Baby
3. Crying At Daybreak aka Crying At Daylight
4. Brown Skin Woman aka Chocolate Drop
5. Twisting And Turning - Joe Hill Louis
6. House Rockin’ Boogie
7. Keep What You Got
8. Dog Me Around
9. Moanin’ At Midnight aka Morning At Midnight
10. Backslide Boogie - Joe Hill Louis
11. Riding In The Moonlight (audition # 1)
12. Driving This Heighway
13. I’m The Wolf
14. My Friends aka Stealing My Clothes
15. The Sun Is Rising
16. Chocolate Drop
17. Passing By Blues
18. My Baby Stole Off
19. I Want Your Picture
20. Riding In The Moonlight (audition # 2)

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Howling Wolf is one of the best-loved authentic bluesmen. This CD draws together Howling Wolf’s complete output for Modern. It was recorded in the Memphis area by the great Sam Phillips (of Sun Records fame) and Ike Turner & Joe Bihari in 1951 and 1952. This release is based around Wolf’s Crown LP, a long-time collectors’ favourite. Like the B.B. King Crown LP reissues on CD, we are featuring the original striking LP cover. Included is the very first version of Wolf’s classic ‘Smokestack Lightnin’’ as ‘Crying At Daybreak’. Also included are two (of the three) Joe Hill Louis tracks that appeared on the Crown album. The booklet features notes by blues expert Dave Sax with period photographs and illustrations. Since the original Ace CD (CDCHD 333, "Rides Again", which this CD replaces) fresh masters have been discovered in the archives. The remastered sound is quite stunning - do not accept any substitute!

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lozarithm VINE VOICE on 25 Nov 2004
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For most of his career the Howling Wolf's recordings appeared on the Chess label. His first recordings were made by Sam Phillips at the Memphis Recording Service (later to be called Sun Studios), who had not yet started Sun Records but recorded for other labels such as Chess and Modern. These two rival labels were in fierce dispute at the time, with each other and with Sam Phillips, as detailed in the booklet of this CD, and the Wolf was caught up in the crossfire.
By the time Ridin' In The Moonlight/Morning At Midnight had appeared on the Bihari Brothers' RPM subsidiary of Modern in September 1951, Chess had released a rival single featuring Sam Phillips' re-recorded version of the Modern flipside and announced that Leonard Chess had secured Wolf, now hot property, on an exclusive Chess contract.
Two more singles appeared on RPM, both overseen by the Bihari Brothers - Crying At Daybreak (an early version of Smokestack Lightning)/Passing By Blues and My Baby Stole Off/I Want Your Picture - before the dispute was settled in early 1952.
By then, however, the Biharis had stockpiled a lot of recorded material by the Howlin' Wolf and much of this finally saw the light of day in 1962 when the long-player Howling Wolf Sings The Blues was released on the Crown label. This has long been a favourite among Wolf devotees.
These tracks were previously compiled on Ace's Howling Wolf Rides Again CD, but now the original album has been re-created and in excellent remastered sound because fresh masters have been discovered in the archives.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By blues_anorak on 18 Mar 2005
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I can only endorse Lawrence Upton's splendid review - this album is unmissable for anyone purporting to be a blues 'addict'!! Personally I prefer this stuff to the Chess sides which were a bit too polished production-wise for my liking and lacking the rawness and sheer spontaneity of this music making by Wolf and his superb band. Does anyone know what happened to his superb guitarist Willie Johnson? He doesn't seem to have recorded much after this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ralph McCandles on 18 Feb 2014
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Chester Burnett's first recordings, produced by Sam Phillips for the Bhiriani Brothers Modern Label. Hubert Sumlin was the Wolf's guitarist on most of his Chess label output and is quite rightly remembered as his greatest asset. However for the true blues fan this Cd features Wolf's first recorded guitarist Willie Johnson who was also quite brilliant, had it not been for Johnson's volatile nature who knows what could have been. Willie Steele on drums and Ike Turner on piano make up the rest of the band. Another excellent quality CD from Ace.
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
His entire RPM/Modern output 25 Nov 2004
By Lozarithm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For most of his career the Howling Wolf's recordings appeared on the Chess label. His first recordings were made by Sam Phillips at the Memphis Recording Service (later to be called Sun Studios), who had not yet started Sun Records but recorded for other labels such as Chess and Modern. These two rival labels were in fierce dispute at the time, with each other and with Sam Phillips, as detailed in the booklet of this CD, and the Wolf was caught up in the crossfire.

By the time Ridin' In The Moonlight/Morning At Midnight had appeared on the Bihari Brothers' RPM subsidiary of Modern Records in September 1951, Chess had released a rival single featuring Sam Phillips' re-recorded version of the Modern flipside and announced that Leonard Chess had secured Wolf, now hot property, on an exclusive Chess contract.

Two more singles appeared on RPM, both overseen by the Bihari Brothers - Crying At Daybreak (an early version of Smokestack Lightning)/Passing By Blues and My Baby Stole Off/I Want Your Picture - before the dispute was settled in early 1952.

By then, however, the Biharis had stockpiled a lot of recorded material by the Howlin' Wolf and much of this finally saw the light of day in 1962 when the long-player Howling Wolf Sings The Blues was released on the Crown label. This has long been a favourite among Wolf devotees.

These tracks were previously compiled on Ace's Howling Wolf Rides Again CD, but now the original album has been re-created and in excellent remastered sound because fresh masters have been discovered in the archives. The original 10 tracks (including the two instrumentals by Joe Hill Louis which rounded out each side) are supplemented by 10 more including the single sides not included on the Crown album, and in fact comprising his entire Modern/RPM output, much of which was not released until many years later on specialist compilations.

Two earlier takes of Ridin' In The Moonlight recorded by Sam Phillips probably in July 1951 are also included and there is a lengthy and detailed collection of discographical essays by noted expert Dave Sax, though it is sometimes difficult to match up the notes to the tracks on the disc where more than one version has been recorded.

The sound is the best yet and it is available at mid price so there is no excuse for not acquiring one of the most powerful blues albums, with some of the most original playing from the likes of Willie Johnson and Ike Turner, ever made
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Wolf at full roar! 18 April 2013
By David C. Battey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Call me prejudiced but I think everything the Wolf did in his first 10+ years is touched by primal genius. This is a "bridge" album of stuff he did overlapping the end of his Sun records stint and his start with Chess. The sound is not as powerful as the Sun sides(what is?) and the energy level is dialed back a notch from those aural "race riots", some of the instrumental backing is muffled (recorded in a hurry in a hotel room)but you could wrap HW's voice in a sleeping bag and he'd burn right through it. I'd start with all the Sun recordings, than as much early Chess as you can afford but this CD eventually is a must . The Wolf's voice is one of the wonders of the 20th century.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Wolf Wails Wildly 19 Mar 2014
By A.C. - Published on Amazon.com
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Any music by Howlin' Wolf is worthy of purchase but these are some of his earliest recordings. Primal examples of the Blues greatness that was Howlin' Wolf. This is music for the ages, that should be preserved so that it can be appreciated by future generations.
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