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Double vinyl LP pressing. 2012 release, the fifth album from the San Francisco-based Roots Rock band. Equal parts dust, groove, Folk, Rock, dirt, mercury, earth, barn, chaos and gamble, beer, water melon sugar, the Eel River and the great land that surrounds it, all sewn into classic Americana songs full of luscious melodies and hip grinding grooves. Howlin' Rain is unfiltered music, lending to both its glory and its grit and blemishes.

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  • Vinyl (March 6, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Birdman
  • ASIN: B006GSRGOI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,435 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Hubner on February 25, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Dear reader, do names like Leslie West, Rod Argent, Ken Hensley and Carlos Santana mean anything to you? Or what about Deep Purple, Mountain, Uriah Heep and Steely Dan? If after reading those names you felt an involuntary surge of stomach acid come up your throat, then do as Bob Seger once said, and turn the page.

Okay, now that those whippersnappers have moved on to their current issue of Under The Radar, let's talk about Howlin Rain's new long player The Russian Wilds. This drunken, stoned and southern California-drenched record will appeal to those of us who enjoy their songs long. Light on filler and heavy on the jam. This is 70's soul rock in the tradition of Grand Funk Railroad and Rare Earth. This is 70's hard rock in the loving likeness of albums like Machine Head, The Magician's Birthday and Abraxas.

Howlin Rain is fronted by Ethan Miller who fronted the fuzzed out psych rock band Comets On Fire. Fans of Comets On Fire will more than likely scratch their heads in bewilderment as soon as `Self Made Man', The Russian Wild's opening track, starts up. With it's hammond b-3 inflected opening, then into something resembling Wolfmother fronted by Leslie West, this is light years away from Comets' 2004 debut Cathedral. Midway through we get into something resembling Carlos Santana jamming with Steely Dan, complete with guitar solo, organ and latin percussion. Welcome to throwback territory. `Phantom In The Valley' is very reminiscent of the Eagles staple `Hotel California' if Graham Bonnet took vocal duties and Joe Walsh's 12-string was replaced with a hammond b-3 and a leslie speaker. `Can't Satisfy Me Now' is a hard rock soul hybrid that brings to mind Head East, Argent and a pre-'Red Rocker' Sammy Hagar wailing away at the mic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By loce_the_wizard VINE VOICE on March 16, 2012
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I stumbled on this band and album via Mog and liked it enough to keep it in my rotation. Howlin Rain, as already noted, will either dredge up or resurrect (depends on which bands and how you feel about them) musical memories of various bands that have gone before.

I suppose writing a review that invokes those acts is a bit like trying to write about wines where one falls into the templates and jargon of tannins, oaks, plum, smoke, etc. That is, I think that Howlin Rain just sounds like the bands those of us of a certain age grew up listening to on our two-channel rigs. I've been reminded of, among others, Wishbone Ash and Family, and not in a bad way.

But there is a bit of a price to pay for being shape-shifters, for its not quite clear where a band like Howlin Rain fits. Being able to move so nimbly across the varying classic rock currents makes it harder to get a fix on what the band's identify might be. (I'm thinking the earlier recordings will be quite different from this one.)

These guys shift from a slow burn to straight-ahead jams led by the rhythm-section and layers of harmonies to anchor the main vocals. But even as long as some of the songs are, it seems like something is still missing, a bit more kick, perhaps another stage or two of jamming. That is, what's hear is good, but it seems like there is a bit of restraint that could be unleashed (and perhaps is during live sets).

I'm not that often in the mood for this sort of music but when I am, I glad to know that there are fresh, energetic recordings such as "The Russian Wilds" out there.
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I knew absolutely nothing about this band when I first purchased this album, and still know very little. Apparently they have 2 previous releases with very different lineups from the one found here. Ethan Miller appears to be the band’s main songwriter and creative force. I purchased this album on based on a review I read in Classic Rock magazine and I am certainly glad I did. Yes, this is retro to the core and probably could have fit in easily had it been released in 1975 instead of 2012, but it is also modern and truly diverse. Anyone who says, “they don’t make music like that anymore” should check this out. I saw another reviewer compare Miller’s vocals to the great Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion), although Miller’s voice is not nearly as bombastic I can certainly see similarities. The songwriting is top notch throughout the disc, and the overall musical diversity covers a significant amount of ground. Favorite tracks include the albums leadoff “Self Made Man”, the Santana influenced “Phantom In The Valley” and “Beneath Wild Wings” which almost sounds like The Eagles (their good stuff). The final track “Walking Through Stones” is split into two parts with a jazzy instrumental finale that is different from everything else on the album, yet very cool. “The Russian Wilds” did not clobber me on first listen, but each time I put it on it continued to grow on me to the point where I now love every single track. This is great stuff that I think music fans of any generation will dig.
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I really like this band. I think the have a great sound, and it was produced by Ric Ruben, which is always a plus. I think people who enjoy a retro 70s rock sound will enjoy this CD
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“The Russian Wilds”, 2012, (Grade: A++). On this record the band has kicked it into high gear with tight rhythm, ripping guitars, innovative interludes and just plain screeching vocals. I don’t know how their lead vocalist can hold up so powerfully, but I love what he’s currently doing. I play it loud while driving around with my windows down. Rock and Roll Baby!! We can only hope their next release can match this tour de force level. Their previous release, "Magificent Fiend" (2008) isn't even in the same zip code, musically speaking.
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