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  posted on 12/5/2011 at 07:17 PM
I don't have any of Howlin' Wolf's albums in my collection and am wanting to add some to it. On amazon, I saw that theres Moanin' In The Moonlight/Howlin' Wolf packaged together. Is that a good one? I've heard that some of the compilations or boxed sets are good as well. Any input on this would be appreciated. Thanks.
 
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  posted on 12/5/2011 at 07:38 PM
i have the LONDON SESSIONS album. i enjoy that pretty well
 

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  posted on 12/5/2011 at 07:57 PM
I have quite a few --- among them:

Howlin Wolf: The Chess Box [Box Set]

Moanin in the Moonlight - Howlin Wolf

Muddy & The Wolf

The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions

The Chess Box is 3 CDs with over 70 tracks .... so a LOT of material, especially if you are not sure you want that much Chester Arthur Burnett.

 

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  posted on 12/5/2011 at 07:59 PM
Check out Muddy & the Wolf album chess records there are some great tunes on this one.
Many great players also.

 

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  posted on 12/5/2011 at 10:03 PM
don't get MUDDY AND THE WOLF. its simply a collection of songs taken from 2 different albums. go buy the real albums instead of owning half of 2 good albums

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  posted on 12/5/2011 at 10:25 PM
You might start w/ Moanin' in the Moonlight -- 24 tracks, many of them classic Wolf and not big investment of $.

@ Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Moanin-Moonlight-Howlin-Wolf/dp/B000002O3I/ref=sr_1_4 ?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1323141732&sr=1-4

 

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  posted on 12/5/2011 at 10:47 PM
I started off with Howlin Wolf The Definitive Collection. Kind of a greatest hits disc, 20 of his most well known songs. I then graduated to the Chess Box, which is pretty much everything. I'd recommend starting off with the Definitive Collection, or some kind of greatest hits thing and then once you fall in love with his music move up to the Chess Box or the new box set they put out earlier this year, Smokestack Lightnin I think it's called. Haven't picked it up yet, need to research how similar it is to the Chess Box that i already have before I spend that kind of cash on another one. Enjoy, and RIP Hubert Sumlin.
 

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  posted on 12/6/2011 at 01:17 AM
Moanin' in the Moonlight is definitely good (it's his first two albums on one disc). The first one I bought was His Best: The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection (http://www.amazon.com/Howlin-Wolf--Chess-Anniversary-Collection/dp/B000V67 58I/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1323151588&sr=8-2), which is also really good. The albums have a lot of the same tracks and there are also bigger compilations. I think I have that big Chess Box, too.

The London Sessions is fun and you can hear him with Clapton and some of the Stones and others, but it's really not as good. It was recorded when Wolf was older and not as healthy, so his voice is not nearly as powerful. The cuts are not as energetic and threatening and crazy as the originals. A bunch of them sound good, but the intensity isn't there. There's also much less of Hubert Sumlin. So I'd start with Moanin' in the Moonlight or His Best, both of which have a lot of the early stuff that defined him. If I can put in another word for His Best, I'll note that it has Hidden Charms, which might be Hubert Sumlin's best guitar solo.

 

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  posted on 12/6/2011 at 02:37 AM
I have the Chess box, and the London Sessions, but it sounds like I need to add Moaning in the Moonlight. Always enjoyed the London Sessions. Time to update on a true master

 

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  posted on 12/6/2011 at 07:36 AM
I have this and it's great!




$65 on Amazon. Little pricey but worth it IMO.

 

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  posted on 12/6/2011 at 08:29 AM
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  posted on 12/6/2011 at 12:57 PM
Unfortunately, Howlin' Wolf was primarily a singles act, albeit a lot of singles!. So, aside from Moanin' In The Moonlight, Howlin' Wolf, Back Door Wolf, and This Is Howlin' Wolf's New Album there aren't many that aren't just collections of singles. If you want to go big, get the Chess Box. Tons of classic blues songs, B sides, a few interviews, and a who's who of chicago bluesmen backing up Wolf from Buddy Guy, Freddie King, Hubert Sumlin (RIP), Eddie Taylor, Eddie Shaw, Willie Dixon, Sam Lay, Jimmie Rogers...the list is huge. If you're looking for a cheaper way to go get the Moanin'/Howlin' Wolf 2 for 1 CD. It's got most of the classic Wolf tunes and then you can pick up a best of to fill in the blanks. Of all the Wolf I have, I listen to the Chess Box the most though.

 

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  posted on 12/6/2011 at 08:45 PM
I'll say this. The London Sessions has its critics, but if you're new to Wolf and/or have spent
more time listening to electric/British blues/rock, the London Sessions are a great way to familiarize yourself with Wolf without the jolt that sometimes comes when digging deep into the older blues sound.

 

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  posted on 12/7/2011 at 04:08 AM
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I don't have any of Howlin' Wolf's albums in my collection and am wanting to add some to it. On amazon, I saw that theres Moanin' In The Moonlight/Howlin' Wolf packaged together. Is that a good one? I've heard that some of the compilations or boxed sets are good as well. Any input on this would be appreciated. Thanks.


This one is the absolute best, but a bit pricey: probably not the for the beginner or the casual fan:

http://www.amazon.com/Smokestack-Lightning-Complete-Chess-Masters/dp/B005JL N9V2/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1323248553&sr=1-2

I just got it today but haven't listened to it yet. You can buy it new from an amazon marketplace vendor new for $46.70, which is almost $23 less than what amazon wants for it.

A real good option is the the Howlin' Wolf Chess Box:

http://www.amazon.com/Howlin-Wolf-Chess-Box/dp/B000002OBL/ref=sr_1_2?s=musi c&ie=UTF8&qid=1323248810&sr=1-2

This is probably the best introduction to the Wolf if you don't have anything by him in your collection - and you should.

There was NOBODY like him.

 

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  posted on 12/7/2011 at 07:14 AM
there's always the counterpart to Muddy Water's "Electric Mud" album, if you can find it:



 

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  posted on 12/7/2011 at 07:36 AM
I would recommend:

The Chess Box
The London Sessions (Deluxe Edition)
Back Door Wolf
Howlin' Wolf's New Album...

 
 


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