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4.0 out of 5 stars All the fun you can have with one chord, 27 Aug 2012
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Ian Thumwood "ian17577" (Winchester) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Howlin' Wolf (Audio CD)
Generally my enthusiasm for the blues centres around the greats of the 20's and 30's but I was curious to hear more Howlin' Wolf after being familiar with classic tracks like "Smokestack lightnin'" and "Spoonful."

By and large, the quality of the compilation is pretty even and it is only those tracks with the pretty lousy horn sections which tend to disappoint. Coming from jazz, I think some of the saxophone playing on a few of these tracks sound pretty amateur but luckily there are only a couple of these. The rest seems to be pretty standard Chicargo Blues and therefore does have a lot to recommend it. I think that for the price you can't grumble and the music is certainly very enjoyable with the Wolf's voice being highly distinctive.

On the negative side, the liner notes are pretty woeful and there is no list of personnel. As good as it it to listen to, I don't think the urban blues quite pack the punch or have the social clout of my favourites like Blind Lemom Jefferson, Blind Willie McTell or Charley Patton.A lot of the material on this record consists of one-chord blues and once you have sussed what is going on musically, it gets a little bit uninteresting. However, the music is highly entertaining regardless.
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