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My Baby Stole Off. House Rockin' Boogie. Keep What You Got. Morning at Midnight Moanin' at Midnight. This is music for the ages, that should be preserved so that it can be appreciated by future generations. For most of his career the Howling Wolf's recordings appeared on the Chess label.
His first recordings were made by Sam Phillips at the Memphis Recording Service later to be called Sun Studios , who had not yet started Sun Records but recorded for other labels such as Chess and Modern. These two rival labels were in fierce dispute at the time, with each other and with Sam Phillips, as detailed in the booklet of this CD, and the Wolf was caught up in the crossfire.
By then, however, the Biharis had stockpiled a lot of recorded material by the Howlin' Wolf and much of this finally saw the light of day in when the long-player Howling Wolf Sings The Blues was released on the Crown label. This has long been a favourite among Wolf devotees. These tracks were previously compiled on Ace's Howling Wolf Rides Again CD, but now the original album has been re-created and in excellent remastered sound because fresh masters have been discovered in the archives. Two earlier takes of Ridin' In The Moonlight recorded by Sam Phillips probably in July are also included and there is a lengthy and detailed collection of discographical essays by noted expert Dave Sax, though it is sometimes difficult to match up the notes to the tracks on the disc where more than one version has been recorded.
The sound is the best yet and it is available at mid price so there is no excuse for not acquiring one of the most powerful blues albums, with some of the most original playing from the likes of Willie Johnson and Ike Turner, ever made. This is a "bridge" album of stuff he did overlapping the end of his Sun records stint and his start with Chess. The sound is not as powerful as the Sun sides what is?
I'd start with all the Sun recordings, than as much early Chess as you can afford but this CD eventually is a must. The Wolf's voice is one of the wonders of the 20th century. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Translate all reviews to English. Hubert Sumlin was the Wolf's guitarist on most of his Chess label output and is quite rightly remembered as his greatest asset.
However for the true blues fan this Cd features Wolf's first recorded guitarist Willie Johnson who was also quite brilliant, had it not been for Johnson's volatile nature who knows what could have been.
Willie Steele on drums and Ike Turner on piano make up the rest of the band. Another excellent quality CD from Ace. One person found this helpful. Report abuse. These are some of Wolf's earliest recordings cut in Memphis for the Bihari Brothers between September '51 and February ' The remaining tracks weren't issued at the time but some were eventually shoved out on a cheapie Crown LP in Prior to and during the same time as he was cutting these tracks, Wolf was recording at Sun for Sam Phillips who was leasing the masters to Chess Records in Chicago.
That's because it's Ike Turner who's also been organizing sessions for Sun and presumably doesn't want Sam Phillips to know he's moonlighting for the Biharis. These sessions led to a series of feuds between the Biharis, the Chess brothers and Sam Phillips encompassing but not confined to double-dealing, bad faith, unpaid royalties, and a broken down bus or so they said.
Finally, Wolf signed a contract with Chess, drove to Chicago and became a legend.