Moanin' in the Moonlight/Howlin' Wolf

Moanin' in the Moonlight/Howlin' Wolf

by Howlin' Wolf


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It's not often the record biz performs an act of kindness for the greater good of mankind. But the release of Chester "Howlin' Wolf" Burnett's Moanin' In The Moonlight and Howlin' Wolf -- the first two albums by the most volcanic blues roarer of all time -- as a single tidy package is a true public service. Moanin' captures Wolf's 1951-1961 recordings from Chicago and Memphis. Guitarist Willie Johnson, whose amp-rattling tones were the instrumental equivalent of Wolf's thunderous voice, handles fret duties on the Memphis cuts, while the Windy City sessions -- which featured "Shake for Me," "Evil," and the mantric "Smokestack Lightning" -- were backed by notable axmen Hubert Sumlin, Jody Williams, and Lee Cooper. Howlin' Wolf offers the classics "Little Red Rooster," "Back Door Man," "Wang Dang Doodle," and "Spoonful," all of which sound as gritty and exciting as ever. There are other Wolf collections designed to appeal to completists, but this bargain set will do the trick for everyone else. It captures a true blues giant -- hey, he weighed more than 300 pounds -- at the top of his game.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Chess
UPC: 0076732590829
catalogNumber: 5908
Rank: 34758

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Howlin' Wolf   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Willie Dixon   Bass,Vocals
Henry Gray   Piano
Hubert Sumlin   Guitar
Johnny Jones   Piano
Sam Lay   Drums
Jody Williams   Guitar
Fred Below   Drums
Lee Cooper   Guitar
Adolph Dockins   Tenor Saxophone
Ike Turner   Piano
William Johnson   Guitar
Hosea Lee Kennard   Piano
S.P. Leary   Drums
Abe Locke   Tenor Saxophone
L.D. McGhee   Guitar
Earl Phillips   Drums
Jimmy Rogers   Guitar
Otis Smokey Smothers   Guitar
Otis Spann   Piano
Willie Steel   Drums
Willie Johnson   Guitar

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Ralph Bass   Liner Notes
Brownie McGhee   Composer
Howlin' Wolf   Composer
Paul Ackerman   Liner Notes
Chester Burnett   Composer

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