on 6 February 2008
The problem for anyone who recently 'gets into' this music (Chicago Blues) is that there is no shortage of compilations for the Greats (Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley etc.), presumably because they initially didn't record for albums. The decision to choose which set best represents the artist is made harder by the different recording labels with whom they recorded. And to make matters worse the copyright expiry on older recordings can lead to extremely careless analogue to digital transfers, with little thought about the compilation focus (greatest hits? representative?)
No problems with this box set. Granted, it's very expensive. But the sound quality is so very good. The instruments, especially Hubert Sumlin's guitar work, are not dampened or muted. Best of all, you get some of the mighty raucousness that appear to have been a feature of Chester Burnette.
The spoken and acoustic tracks supplement an immensely thought-out project. Box-sets are normally the province of completists who wish to supplement their collections with the odd previously-unavailable rarity.
This one seeks to bring to new listeners to a great colossus of 20th century Black American music.
on 12 January 2014
Beautifully presented this is a great introduction to the great man! This is a 12" x 12" box set, with a superb book, not those horrible little booklets you have to squint at to read, that you get with a normal CD release! Some great pictures and history of the mighty Howlin' Wolf. As for the CD's themselves, great music, great quality, and lovely to hear the snippets of the man himself talking. Highly recommended, that's all I can say!
on 5 February 2009
.... and listen close to His Howl!!
A bunch of songs that, if released today, would be accused of being sexist, machist and whatsoever. But that was the way the blues was born! Wolf's dark voice and Hubert Sumlin's magic guitar intertwine on the rolling carpet of piano, bass and drums.
Somebody says Wolf wrote one just song, and maybe they're right: I like that song, anyway.