20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Howlin' Wolf

20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Howlin' Wolf

by Howlin' Wolf


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While this 12-track collection of Howlin' Wolf's prime Chess material is classic electric blues music, it's a distinctly less worthy deal than the 20-track His Best. The latter anthology has the classic "How Many More Years," "Howlin' for My Darling," "Shake for Me," and "Three Hundred Pounds of Joy," none of which make it onto this briefer scoop; in fact, "The Natchez Burnin'" is the only song here that doesn't appear on His Best. Also, The Best of Howlin' Wolf uses the 1970 London Sessions version of "The Red Rooster" rather than the superior original 1961 Chess single. You can't come down too hard on a CD that has "Smokestack Lightnin'," "Wang Dang Doodle," "Back Door Man," "Spoonful," "I Ain't Superstitious," and "Killing Floor," and if it does happen to be your first Howlin' Wolf album it's a decent introduction. But it's just not long enough to be the proper introduction.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/2003
Label: Chess
UPC: 0008811323622
catalogNumber: 000035802
Rank: 34782

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Howlin' Wolf   Primary Artist
Henry Gray   Piano
Buddy Guy   Bass
Freddie King   Guitar
Hubert Sumlin   Guitar
Steve Winwood   Organ,Piano
Charlie Watts   Drums
Sam Lay   Drums
Andrew McMahon   Bass
Jody Williams   Guitar
Bill Wyman   Bass Guitar
Fred Below   Drums
J.T. Brown   Tenor Saxophone
Jeffrey M. Carp   Harmonica
Eric Clapton   Guitar
Alfred Elkins   Bass
Donald Hankins   Baritone Saxophone
Hosea Lee Kennard   Piano
Lafayette Leake   Piano
Earl Phillips   Drums
Arnold Rogers   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Rogers   Guitar
Otis Smokey Smothers   Guitar
Otis Spann   Piano
Willie Johnson   Guitar
Willie Dixon Band   Bass

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Walter Vinson   Composer
Lonnie Chatmon   Composer
Leonard Chess   Producer
Phil Chess   Producer
Norman Dayron   Producer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Sam Phillips   Producer
Willie Dixon Band   Producer
Chester Burnett   Composer

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