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The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions

Howlin' WolfAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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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 (November 22, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: November 22, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chess
  • ASIN: B000002OAZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,448 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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You won't find this album anywhere on CD except for this pricey gold disc version, which is pretty sneaky of MCA, but also means it sounds great! This is the album that paired the Wolf with British blues-rockers Eric Clapton, Bill Wyman, Steve Winwood, Charlie Watts, etc. with terrific results. Also includes tracks from the never-reissued Muddy and the Wolf: London Revisited album.

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
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...producer Norman Dayron asked Eric Clapton if he would like to do an album with Chicago blues icon Howlin' Wolf.
Clapton jumped at the idea, Wolf was flown over from Chicago with his lead guitarist Hubert Sumlin, young harmonica ace Jeffrey Carp was called in, and bassist Bill Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts from the Rolling Stones made up the rhythm section.

And after the first day, Eric Clapton almost walked out, seriously intimidated by a sceptical Howlin' Wolf who had little faith in the abilities of the young Englishmen.
But then Clapton made a gesture which seemingly made Wolf thaw a little: Feeling (or maybe just pretending) that he and the band couldn't get the right sound on "The Red Rooster", he convinced Wolf to play the main riff for them. The tape was running, and you can hear the resulting "practice session" on disc one...Howlin' Wolf reluctantly agrees to play the guitar, and, refusing the one which is offered to him, he picks up his own instrument, puts on a glass bottleneck, and plays the instantly recognizable, muscular slide guitar riff which he first recorded in 1961.
That song is one of the highlights of this album, and one of the few of these sixteen re-recordings which matches the original.
Well, it gets really close, anyway.

Wolf was a sick man in 1970, suffering from heart problems and kidney disorder, and the often presented claim that these recordings lack the gritty power of his original Chess sides certainly has some truth to it. But that doesn't mean that "The London Sessions" is a waste of time...
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing September 29, 2002
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When you take Howlin' Wolf-one of the greatest Chicago bluesmen ever-and put him together with Eric Clapton, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts and Steve Winwood, what do you get? You get one exciting blues album. I read somewhere that blues purists don't like this album, but I know from listening to it that this is pure, electric, energetic, rockin' blues.
The album starts off strong; the first thing you hear is Clapton's beautiful slide guitar riff on "Rockin' Daddy." On this track, we have Phil Upchurch on bass, Winwood on piano, The Wolf's long time lead guitarist Hubert Sumlin on rhythm guitar, Charlie Watts on drums, and The Wolf himself singing the vocals in his famous growling stlyle. We hear a wonderful solo from Clapton, who plays off the melody of the tune beautifully.
Ringo plays drums on "I Ain't Superstitious" and the results are awesome. With a horn section (Joe Miller, Jordan Sandke, Dennis Lansing) holding the roots of the chords, and Clapton playing a slide riff to back The Wolf's vocals, we get a truly great jam.
The rest of the album is as exciting has the first two songs. We hear Jeffrey M. Carp's soulful harp on "Sittin' On Top Of The World," and The Wolf's vocals are just as astounding. Clapton adds another creative solo, again playing off the beautiful melody of the song. Later in the album, we hear the amusing Willie Dixon tune "Built For Comfort" in which the horn section mentioned before adds its unique touch. "Highway 49" is one of the highlights of the album, with classic guitar riffs and The Wolf's soulful, bluesy singing. You get the feeling that no one could sing this song like The Wolf. Basically, when buying blues, you can't go wrong with Howlin' Wolf. Overall, this album is excellent. It is a beautiful display of classic blues performed by an all-star cast.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wang Wang Doodle September 14, 2004
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After the success of Muddy Waters' Fathers and Sons album, Chess Records decided to do something similar with Howlin' Wolf. So, they got young rock stars like Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts to record with Wolf. The results were good, although not as good as Wolf's older recordings. Practically all of these songs had been recorded by Wolf before, in better versions. Wolf's voice was not quite as strong as it once was, and the younger musicians didn't quite mesh with Wolf as well as the old bluesmen he usually worked with did. But this is still an enjoyable album that blues fans should enjoy.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Expected -- Spirited and Enjoyable March 16, 2005
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Given the drubbing over the years by purists and other blues snobs who never liked the idea of impressionable rock-star Brits recording with their American blues legend masters, I expected this disc to sound as bad as other entries in this genre, such as the Chuck Berry London sessions. Surprise!! It's a lot better than expected.

Pinned by Wolf's regular guitarist and joined by an on-fire Eric Clapton, these recordings are spirited, enjoyable, and go down real easy. Stevie Winwood contributes solid organ/piano lines,and the bass and drum support of Stones engines Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman is effortless and in the pocket.

Why the criticism? I think it's mostly intellectual, rather than visceral. Yes, Wolf has sounded better, and the concept is a bit cute, but the results speak for themselves and stand the test of time. This is a comfort album, more for kicking back and enjoying the groove, rather than for someone looking for the definitive performance by any of the participants.

One point mentioned by a fellow reviewer with which I totally agree: The "bonus" disk is a shameless attempt to charge double the normal price for this re-release. There's nothing in it worth paying for. The best part of the rehearsal sessions is actually on the original release, where a cranky Wolf shows Clapton how to properly play the slide guitar....priceless, memorable, and one of the small charms of this album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!
This is a "must have" recording. I regret not having discovered it decades earlier.
Published 1 month ago by Jon Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The Great Album! I Love It!
Published 3 months ago by Alexandre R. Lopes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
what a giant meeting...blues treasure
Published 3 months ago by hman
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have
Purchased this in the 1960's on LP. Going through my collection of albums I purchased the CD to make sure I had a back-up for the future. This is one great Blues album.
Published 5 months ago by Walt D
4.0 out of 5 stars Legends Play with Legends.
Howlin' Wolf with an all-star cast play some of the best blues out there. Really a first rate album with an all star cast of fellow players.
Published 5 months ago by S. Beers
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Enjoyed hearing a great master play. Great fan of John Lee Hooker, Howling Wolf, Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters. Good on the blues.
Published 6 months ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great traditional album with updates.
If you are a fan of traditional blues with a modern touch, this is a great album. I've been a Howlin Wolf fan for years and the even though this was recorded I believe in the 70's... Read more
Published 7 months ago by bgaarder@hotmail.com
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wolf howls once again!
It was just as good when I was listening to it in the early 80's. Great to have the album again.
Published 7 months ago by Ian Newton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Anything with Clapton is great. These folks really jam we'll together. I must buy for any one that's a blues fan.
Published 7 months ago by David Leingang
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites, Howlin' Wolf playing and teachin' others, just...
One of my favorites, Howlin' Wolf playing and teachin' others, just how to do it! The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions will always be one of those music compilations that you will... Read more
Published 7 months ago by The Wolf
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