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Howlin Wolf: The Chess Box Box set

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Disc 1:

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listen  1. Moanin' At Midnight (Single Version) 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. How Many More Years (Single Version) 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Howlin' Wolf Boogie (Single Version) 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Wolf Is At Your Door (Single Version) 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mr. Highway Man (Single Version) 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Howlin' Wolf Talks #1 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Bluebird 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Saddle My Pony (Single Version) 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. (Well) That's All Right (1991 The Chess Box Version) 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. My Last Affair (Single Version) 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Just My Kind (Album Version) 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Work For Your Money (Album Version) 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Mama Died And Left Me (1991 The Chess Box Version) 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. All Night Boogie (All Night Long) (Single Version) 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Streamline Woman 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Crazy About You Baby 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. You Gonna Wreck My Life (Alternate Take) 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Neighbors (Album Version) 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Howlin' Wolf Talks #2 1:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. I'm The Wolf 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Rockin' Daddy (Single Version) 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Baby How Long (Single Version) 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Evil (Is Going On) (Single Version) 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. I'll Be Around (Single Version) 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Forty Four (Single Version) 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Who Will Be Next (Single Version) 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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listen  1. Don't Mess With My Baby (Single Version) 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Smokestack Lightnin' (Single Version) 3:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. You Can't Be Beat (Single Version) 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Howlin' Wolf Talks #30:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. I Asked For Water (Single Version) 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Natchez Burnin' (Single Version) 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Who's Been Talking? 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Tell Me 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Sitting On Top Of The World (1958 Single Version) 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. I Didn't Know (Single Version) 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Moaning For My Baby (Single Version) 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Change My Way (Single Version) 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. I Better Go Now (Single Version) 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Howlin' For My Darling (Single Version) 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. I've Been Abused (Single Version) 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Mr. Airplane Man (Alternate Take) 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Wang Dang Doodle 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Back Door Man 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Howlin' Wolf Talks #40:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Spoonful 2:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Down In The Bottom 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Shake For Me 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. The Red Rooster 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. You'll Be Mine 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Just Like I Treat You (Single Version) 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. I Ain't Superstitious (1961 Single Version) 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Goin' Down Slow 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Tail Dragger (Single Version) 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 3:

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listen  1. Hidden Charms (Single Version) 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy (Single Version) 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Built For Comfort (Single Version) 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Love Me Darlin' (Single Version) 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Killing Floor (1964 Single Version) 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. My Country Sugar Mama (Single Version) 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Louise (Single Version) 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. I Walked From Dallas (Single Version) 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Tell Me What I've Done (Single Version) 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Don't Laugh At Me (Single Version) 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Ooh Baby (Hold Me) (Single Version) 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. New Crawlin' King Snake (Single Version) 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. My Mind Is Ramblin' (Single Version) 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Commit A Crime 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Dust My Broom 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. I'm The Wolf (Acoustic) 5:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Ain't Goin' Down That Dirt Road 5:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Mary Sue (Single Version) 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Hard Luck (Single Version) 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. The Red Rooster (False Start And Dialogue) [feat. Eric Clapton] 5:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Moving (Album Version) 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 12, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: November 26, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Chess
  • ASIN: B000002OBL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,435 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

71 of the rawest Chicago blues ever recorded! Wolf's greatest sides from 1951-1973, including two previously unreleased acoustic tracks and never-before-heard interviews, and unreleased stereo versions of such classics as Spoonful and I Ain't Superstitious . Two sets of liner notes, too!

This is probably the best Wolf compilation there is in terms of comprehensiveness and digestibility. The problem with collecting the works of prolific artists is that there's so much material; fortunately, Chess made some good selections. Chronicling Howlin' Wolf's career from Memphis, through Chicago, and on into his later years. There are snippets of interviews, as well as the classic tracks you'd expect: "All Night Boogie", "Howlin' For My Darling", "Evil", "Forty Four", "Spoonful", and "I'd Better Go Now." This box set is a bit much to swallow if you're not already a fan of the Wolf, but if you are, this is a great way to get his best work in one place. --Genevieve Williams

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The Wolf at his howlin' and growlin' best!
Paul Fisher
The box set has an excellent booklet with two essays, lots of pictures, and detailed track listings.
Roger Berlind
An essential addition to any serious collection of electric blues.
Docendo Discimus

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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By chris meesey Food Czar on October 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If life were a college course in Blues Appreciation, at least three aural textbooks would be required listening: the Complete Recordings of Robert Johnson and the Chess Boxes of Muddy Waters and Howlin Wolf. Just purchasing a CD or two of any of the other blues masters will suffice (for awhile anyway), but these three giants produced so much listenable and danceable music that nothing less than complete box sets will do. Even at 71 tracks, this set still feels incomplete; where is Wolf's fabulous live recording of "Highway 49" from the Newport Folk Festival? Or "Do the Do" from London Howlin Wolf Sessions, featuring Eric Clapton and Hubert Sumlin's fantastic guitar figures? But these are minor quibbles. How can you argue with an album that starts with a lonesome Wolf moan ("Moanin at Midnight") and ends (well, one track from the end, anyway) with a frail Wolf teaching a roomful of top blues acolytes (Clapton, Steve Winwood, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts) how to play acoustic guitar on "Little Red Rooster" the way Charlie Patton himself taught Wolf some 40-50 years ago? What an experience! His powerful, gargling-battery-acid voice (only Blind Willie Johnson and Captain Beefheart had more abused throats) now a shadow of it's former self, his commanding presence still moves the assembled royalty of British blues-rock to "get on it" and produce a memorable take. In between are too many highlights to mention, including "Killing Floor" (probably the only song set in an animal slaughterhouse), "Back Door Man" (later covered memorably by the Doors), "I Ain't Superstitious" (also covered well by Jeff Beck Group and Savoy Brown), and most memorably, his signature song "Smokestack Lightning.Read more ›
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Docendo Discimus on August 24, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is a sublime, exquisitely packaged collection of Howlin' Wolf's awe-inspiring brand of blues.
Just under 3 1/2 hours of music, opening with Wolf's eerie, wordless "throat singing" on 1951's "Moaning At Midnight", and ending with the opening track, "Moving", off his final studio album.

A lot of people have covered Wolf's songs, but none have come close to matching his ferocious sandpaper voice, and Howlin' Wolf in his prime was without a doubt the most electrifying performer the Chicago blues clubs had even experienced. Standing 6'4" and weighing 275 lbs, Wolf towered over everybody, literally as well as figuratively.

Starting off as a strict Charley Patton-imitator, Chester Arthur Burnett showed up in the juke joints of Mississippi in the late 30s with one of the first electric guitars anyone had ever seen, and when he finally started recording (for Sam Phillips' Sun Records in 1951), he was 41 years old and had been performing for two decades down in the cotton belt.
He suddenly had two hits on the R&B list at the same time ("Moanin' At Midnight" and the clanging, piano-driven "How Many More Years"), and in the winter of 1953, Wolf headed out of the South (in his own brand new $4,000 car), settling in Chicago, Illinois, where he would record for Chess Records right up until his death from kidney failure in January, 1976:
"-I'm the onliest one", he said, "-drove out of the South like a gentleman!"
"The Chess Box" collects every hit the Wolf ever had, as well as B-sides, album tracks, rare acoustic solo performances, and a few short interview snippets. The only thing that could have made this collection any better would have been a fourth CD of live tracks.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Anyone into the BLUES should have this comprehensive set. Although the early music on the first disc is interesting, the 2nd is really ON TOP OF THE WORLD. Hubert Sumlin is one of the great unsung guitarists of his time (and he's still playing although as a solo) and Eric Clapton paid tribute to him by requesting Sumlin's presence on the LONDON SESSIONS which this set includes some cuts but not enough. His scratchy, wild playing influenced many and some may not believe a lot of this stuff was recorded before Clapton became famous. These 3 CD's are worth checking out for seeing how well Sumlin and Wolf complimented each other.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Johnson on June 20, 2008
Format: Audio CD
One of my first exposures to the world of Chicago-style blues, after a steady diet of country-style Delta blues, was the Rolling Stones' version of the Willie Dixon classic Little Red Rooster back in the early 1960's. I thought that was a song to beat all songs and it had nothing to do its allegorical nature, you know, about sex. What, moreover, capped it for me the fact that it was originally banned in Boston- from the radio airwaves of the times. Naturally that made this teenager want to hear it even more.

All this is by way of saying-yes; the Stones did a great version of that song but if you really want it heard then you must go to the master- Howlin' Wolf. That big gravelly-voiced man who, in still pictures that I have seen of him as well as film seems to be inhaling the microphone, lets it all hang out as he struts his stuff on that number. In Do the Do, Little Red Rooster, Killing Floor and on and on the Wolf sweats, bleeds, sucks up the whiskey, has another one for good measure and gets down on his knees, sometimes literally, to belt out the blues.

You buy this CD set to get your little hands on Rooster but that is hardly the end of the story. This set contains every classic Wolf song that you could want under one roof, and some interesting Wolf talk in between. What are the ones you want to make sure you hear (and hear over and over again). Well, here is a by no means inclusive short list. Spoonful, The Natchez Burning, Killing Floor, Dust My Broom, I Am The Wolf, Back Door Man, Wang Dang Doodle... hey, wait a minute let's make it easier just get the set, take a few hours off and listen-you won't want to turn the damn thing off.
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