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The Genuine Article

The Genuine Article

1 Jan 1995
4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1995
  • Release Date: 20 Mar. 1999
  • Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 1995 Geffen Records
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  • Total Length: 1:14:33
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  • ASIN: B001KUFE8C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 410,980 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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The late great Sam Phillips thought that The Howlin' Wolf was the greatest artist he had worked with. As he had also discovered Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis among others this can be considered noteworthy praise. This CD shows why, tracing his music from his first proper single, Moanin' At Midnight (1951) through to the 1970 re-make of The Red Rooster (the original 1961 version is also included). As the Rolling Stones had recorded it as a hit single (renamed Little Red Rooster) and then exposed him to the American TV audience by introducing him on Shindig, it is fitting that Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts are among the all-star band accompanying him, and the track begins with Eric Clapton receiving instruction from the Wolf on how to play it.
 
Although Howlin' Wolf's main instrument was the harmonica, he had been taught guitar by Charlie Patton in the 1920s, and another highlight of the disc is a rare solo acoustic version of Patton's Ain't Goin' Down That Dirt Road. Spoonful, which Cream famously popularised, is also here, as is Back Door Man, Wang Dang Doodle, Smokestack Lightnin' and Sittin' On The Top Of The World.
Are single-artist compilation always a good idea? They can be a valuable introduction to a first-time buyer by cherry-picking from a number of albums and initially seem terrific value for money, but is it a record company ruse? Each other album you then buy as a result duplicates some of the titles you already have, until ultimately the initial purchase becomes redundant and you have poured more cash into the company coffers than if you had just bought the proper albums in the first place.
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This is a very good attempt at making a definitive single-disc overview of the Wolf's 25-year recording career.
It doesn't quite match the combined volumes I and II of Chess' own "The Best", but the compilers have managed to include almost all of Howlin' Wolf's best songs (although the excellent "Hidden Charms" is missing, and a couple of other selections are debatable as well).
But "Smokestack Lightnin'" is here, as is "How Many More Years", "Forty-Four", "I Ain't Superstitious" and Wolf's best song, "Killing Floor".
A very good introduction, though not quite defintive.
4½ stars.
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man was a genius
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