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Definitive Collection [Original recording remastered]

Howlin' WolfAudio CD
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The blues has been a wellspring for rivers of pop, rock and R&B and there's nothing quite like returning to the source. In the mid-'60s, Chess Records released a series of legendary "best of" albums for Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin' Wolf. Under each artist's name, The Real Folk Blues was issued in 1966 and a More Real Folk Blues ... Read more in Amazon's Howlin' Wolf Store

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  • Audio CD (April 17, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000O5905M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,892 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unsurpassed! January 12, 2008
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This is really just MCA/Chess' Howlin' Wolf-compilation "His Best" in new guise, but that's not a bad thing. "His Best" was by far the greatest single-disc Wolf-compilation on the market, and now this one is simply taking its place.

But do you know what you are getting into here? Even people who like Muddy Waters are sometimes turned off by the "sound of heavy machinery operating on a gravel road" that was Howlin' Wolf's voice.
Chester Arthur Burnett, the Howlin' Wolf, stood about 6'4" and weighed close to three hundred pounds in his prime, and his raw, throat-shredding vocals sound positively frightening on early cuts like "Moanin' At Midnight" and the clanging, piano-driven boogie of "How Many More Years", his first R&B hit, and the one which allowed him to proudly state that "I'm the onliest one drove out of the South like a gentleman!"

This is electric blues of the highest order, rough and tough and extraordinarily powerful. The songwriting credits are shared about equally by the omnipresent Willie Dixon, who plays bass on most of these cuts, and the Wolf himself, and while few of these songs are as well-known as Muddy Waters' "Hoochie Coochie Man" or Elmore James' "Dust My Broom", they are quite as magnificent.
Wolf's tough "Who's Been Talkin'" is an incredibly gritty tour de force set to a thumping rhumba beat, and Dixon's horn-driven rave-up "Hidden Charms" features perhaps the greatest guitar solo ever comitted to tape, courtesy of Jimmy Page's and Eric Clapton's hero (as stated by themselves), the extraordinary Hubert Sumlin.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless... but April 15, 2008
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There is absolutely no way to fault the material on this collection of masterpieces but... if you are a blues fan, you will want the box set or even more. There is just no one like the Wolf. I love a broad range of blues, from the earliest country blues pickers to the West Side soul crew, but not a one of them can stand up to the Wolf. The primal energy in these tracks has never been matched by any other artist and never will be. The band is almost supernatural in how well they play together and read each other, and, as if having the best songs to choose from (many of them written by legendary Willie Dixon) weren't enough, the icing on the cake is one of the most influential, inimitable, nastiest, just indescribably awesome guitar players of all-time HUBERT SUMLIN!!!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best blues that money can buy December 25, 2007
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With his demonic charisma and bone-chilling voice, Howlin' Wolf was one of the towering figures of the blues, a performer whose greatest moments served as electric counterparts to the incantations of Robert Johnson. As this 20 track compilation proves, the Wolf was one of the Chicago blues' most distinctive and darkly brilliant figures; his performances (and those of his superb backing bands) were pure atmosphere, full of late-night swagger and claustrophobic paranoia, with distorted guitars sneaking their way through gin soaked piano lines and uneasy rhythms. It was a raw, cathartic sound, characterized y manic joy and barely subdued fear. The result is one of the greatest bodies of work in the history of blues music.

These 20 tracks can attest to that- the apocalyptic "Moanin' At Midnight" kicks off the proceedings wonderfully, setting the stage for the furious surrealism of "Smokestack Lightnin''" and the hulking sexuality of "Back Door Man." "Wang Dang Doodle" is as divinely deranged as any rockabilly track, and "Spoonful" is an absolutely spine-shredding slow burner, with a vocal performance that drips sexual innuendo. "Killing Floor" is a slinky, rhythmic strut, and "Evil" is as menacing as its title. This is a classic blues disc, and an essential purchase for anyone who doesn't already have these songs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bare-Knuckles Chicago Blues At Its Very Finest February 24, 2009
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Howlin' Wolf remains one of the greatest and most beloved of all urban blues singers, and this recording shows why. His rough-timber moaning and growling style was his alone, and it perfectly captured the essence of the blues songs he so capably interpreted.

His roots were in the Mississippi country blues, but he achieved fame in Chicago during the Golden Age postwar era of the late 40s and into the 1950s. In Chicago, the Wolf's raw, guts-and-gravel blues singing proved the perfect vehicle for the classic blues songs of Willie Dixon and others. This was was a singer who was understood by the downtrodden folks who seeked relief in the rough, smoke-filled juke joints on the southside of Chicago.

Howlin' Wolf could-and still can-mesmerize a listener with primal one-chord songs such as "Smokestack Lightnin' " or "Spoonful." He could brag and swagger with "Red Rooster" and "Back Door Man." Humor and frivolity were expressed in songs such as "Wang Dang Doodle" and "Three Hundred Pounds of Joy." His country-blues roots are showcased with "Sitting on Top of the World."

And the Wolf could rock, too. Departing from the shuffle blues beat, his sixteenth-note based "Killing Floor" is a funky rouser that is an exhilerating exercise for musicians and audiences too. But to his credit, he never sold out to junk, boutique rock, and he apparently resisted ill-advised efforts to steer him in that direction in the late '60s.

Howlin' Wolf didn't care for fancy trimmings in music, and his "don't let me catch you in the alley" sound was perfectly supported by the excellent musicians who play here. Hubert Sumlin's slicing, off-the-wall blues-scale guitar licks are exciting, and a perfect fit for Wolf's bare-knuckles approach.

This is urban blues at its very finest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I already know it Great.
I'm 57 yrs. of ago so when I pick out music, I already know it Great.
Published 10 days ago by JD Shelton
5.0 out of 5 stars MANY CLASSIC SONGS
Published 18 days ago by BRIAN RADIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great...
Published 1 month ago by hank
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Job from a Classic
Mr. B (Howlin' Wolf's given name) has always been one of my favorite old school bluesmen.
Published 2 months ago by Stephen Mathis
2.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Collection
Sorry I am not a musician I just enjoy listening to music except this is not enjoyable music to me.
Published 5 months ago by E. Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars Recording Is Terrible Quality
I was really looking forward to getting this CD. I could barely make myself keep listening through to the last tack. I won't ever put it in again. It was painful to listen to. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Thunder
5.0 out of 5 stars Great blues tunes.
Some of the tracks are a bit noisy, but if you are a classic blues fan this collection is definitely worth having.
Published 6 months ago by Joseph Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars As the title states " Definitive Collection"
Excellent Howlin' Wolf cd,

The spirit of his drive, talent and unbridled desire to perform is alive and well in all of the songs and a pleasure to hear, after all of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Edjames
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greast Howlin' Wolf
Definitive Collection of The Greast Howlin' Wolf is one of the best compilations for the blues! He was one of a kind bluesman.
Published 6 months ago by The Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Good music
Howlin' Wolf is one of my favorite blues music. His raspy voice has a way of memorizing you into his music.
Published 7 months ago by Nelson Ferguson
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