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The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions

Howlin' Wolf Audio 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
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chess
  • ASIN: B000002OAZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,877 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lemmie howl for ya! 29 Dec 2012
Format:Audio CD
I'd just like to add my opinion that this is definitely no half baked project which shouldn't have happened. In truth it should stand proud in any Wolf collection and in fact some of these versions are arguably better than the originals, when you take into consideration the advanced technology, the excellent production, the fine band and added musical palette - horns, keyboards and guitar in post production. Ok, Wolf's voice is not as intense as in some earlier versions, for example in Who's Been Talking where the original key of Dm is dropped to Am in order to accommodate his range perhaps, but it still has that authority, it still has gravitas, and the band musicianship compensates.

Of course, with such a stellar band supporting their hero it had to work - the Stones' engine room plus the sixth Stone, Scotsman Ian Stewart on piano for 4 numbers (and 5 alternate takes), Clapton on guitar with Wolf's Hubert Sumlin on 2nd guitar and rhythm, and Steve Winwood and Layfayette Leake added keyboards later, according to the notes. A young Chicago harmonica player called Jeff Carp who had played with Muddy, Earl and John Lee Hooker was brought over to fill in for Wolf. The notes say that he was killed in a bizarre boat accident not long after this recording. A sad loss.

The second Cd in the deluxe set is certainly not superfluous, although why they chose the tentative rehearsal of Worried About My Babe to open is curious. At least three tracks are the equal of, if not superior to, the issued tracks - the first What A Woman aka Commit A Crime (there are two versions on Cd2), The Red Rooster, Worried About My Babe (the alt version - not the rehearsal), also Who's Been Talkin after the dialogue ends rocks nicely.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some very fine music here 19 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is a wonderful album and has a lot to recommend it. It's a builder, and the more you hear it, the more you realise is there. I would just suggest you get a copy, you won't be disappointed. Great stuff.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The leftovers, but what leftovers they are. 21 Feb 2013
By Smitty Werbenjaegermanjensen (real name) TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is an album that has been designed/compiled for folk who already have the main album in remastered form. It contains alternate versions of tracks that are already on the main straight release, some extra dialogue and three songs that failed to make the final cut.

The playing throughout is of the highest order and listening to Howlin Wolf trying to teach Eric Clapton etc...is entertaining.

Stellar cast - Howlin Wolf, Hubert Sumlin, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts(boy can he drum, superb!), Bill Wyman(again superb playing), Ian Stewart and Steve Winwood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this record 23 April 2013
By Phil37
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great to hear it again. Had record (LP) year ago and mssed it . great stuff
great to hear the dialogue between Eric Clapton and Howlin' wolf.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An oustanding Deluxe Blues reissue in all ways 3 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
The original LP when it came out in the early 1970s made it largely on the back of the various UK superstars who particpiated (Clapton, Watts, Wyman, and an uncredited Starr together with Wolf and his long time guitarist Hubert Sumlin - Winwood per the notes having been added later and not very succesfully it seems).
This reissue with a full CD of out-takes none of which are filler, an outstanding sound remix and thoughtful notes by the original producer Norman Dayron epitomises just what excellence a special edition CD can achieve where the basic material is so good. The vocals by Howlin' Wolf, given he was not in the best of health at this age in his life and was it seems initially uncomfortable in the different London recording environment to the one he knew at Chess in Chicago, show his true prowess as a blues legend.
While Dayron's extensive notes are very honest in telling how he had to add keyboards esp. by Chess stalwart session man Lafayette Leake in getting to the final release mix, also underline that this was a very rare opportunity for certain British blues superstars to pay true homage to one of their main heroes by providing such stalwart support on these recordings.
Compared with the lacklustre recordings other US bluesmen made with UK musicians around this time(Sonny Boy Williamson with the Animals, John Lee Hooker with the Groundhogs, Muddy Waters in London and the original Fleetwood Mac sessions recorded at Chess in Chicago) this is the true masterpiece that will beat them all.
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Like many avid collectors I've felt that Universal's 2CD 'Deluxe Edition' series has had some dubious expansions of popular albums across the reissue decades - forever chasing our battered debit cards with yet another sonic temptation. But sometimes - just sometimes - you get the perfect blend. You get a forgotten album that shouldn't be - extras actually worthy of the moniker 'bonus tracks' - classy and sympathetic presentation and a Remaster Engineer capable of bringing genuine new life back into old recordings. Ladies and Gentlemen (and those of you who aren't sure) - welcome to one of those 'DE' beauties. Here are the little red roosters and the wang dang doodles...

Released March 2003 on MCA/Chess 088 112 985-2 (Barcode 08811298524) - "The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions" is a 2CD DELUXE EDITION and breaks down as follows:

Disc 1 (56:52 minutes):
1. Rockin' Daddy (Side 1)
2. A Ain't Superstitious
3. Sittin' On The Top Of The World
4. Worried About My Baby
5. What A Woman!
6. Poor Boy
7. Build For Comfort (Side 2)
8. Who's Been Talking?
9. The Red Rooster (False Start And Dialogue)
10. The Red Rooster
11. Do The Do
12. Highway 49
13. Wang Dang Doodle
Tracks 1 to 13 are the album "The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions" - released August 1971 in the UK on Rolling Stones Records COC 47101 and Chess CH-60008 in the USA

14. Goin' Down Slow
15. Killing Floor
16. I Want A Word With You
Tracks 14 to 16 are Bonus Tracks - they originally appeared on the American Muddy Waters & Howlin' Wolf LP "London Revisited" from 1974 on Chess CH 60026
They're Newly Remixed From The Session Multi-Tracks for this reissue

Disc 2 (52:50 minutes):
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very pleased
Published 1 month ago by RICHARD JAGIELKA
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my fave blues albums
Published 1 month ago by stoad74
5.0 out of 5 stars Ol' Red Rooster comes to London town
Had this on vinyl when it first came out.Session-type background noises, a bit of cross-chat and a lot of gutsy riffs from a line-up of big names on the 70's Blues/Rock... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alan Robert Lancaster
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sound and the band is on top form
Great sound and the band is on top form, there are no half-baked songs here, one of the best blues albums ever with the Wolf on top form!
Published 3 months ago by joe trodden
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant cd, just as expected, great service.
Published 3 months ago by John Darvell
4.0 out of 5 stars Howlin' at the moon
I already have most of these tracks covered by other artists, so it was good to hear them being performed by Howlin Wolf, albeit with some of the fore mentioned musicians. Read more
Published 7 months ago by joppajobby
5.0 out of 5 stars A PIECE OF REAL BLUES HISTORY
I have had this album on vinyl.cassette tape, c.d and download since it first was released. It is such an important recording of the mighty blues legend,Howlin' Wolf, meeting up... Read more
Published 8 months ago by E. Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Super-Wolf
Been listening to this since it was first released on LP. Great band, really tight. Back in the day, l listened to it on some crappy bedsit 'record player'. Read more
Published 9 months ago by C. Nation
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Great CD covering all the bases. They just just don't make music like this anymore. X Factor eat your heart out!
Published 10 months ago by Derek R Parsons
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