Monday, March 28, 2011

Howlin' Wolf - The Howlin' Wolf Album (1969)

Howlin' Wolf was an influential American blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player.

In 1968, Chess Records made an attempt to modernize the sound of bluesmen Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters by convincing them to record Jimi Hendrix-inspired psychedelic arrangements of their classic songs resulting in the albums Electric Mud and The Howlin' Wolf Album.
Howlin' Wolf strongly disliked the album, and Chess Records referenced this fact on the album's cover. It was released in 1969 on the experimental subsidiary of Chess Records: Cadet Concept Records.

Drums: Morris Jennings
Bass: Phil Upchurch, Louis Satterfield
Guitar: Hubert Sumlin, Roland Faulkner, Pete Cosey (& bowed guitar), Phil Upchurch, Howlin Wolf
Electric Sax: Gene Barge (Horn)
Flute: Don Myrick
Vocals, Harmonica: Howlin' Wolf

Engineer: Ron Malo
Producers: Charles Stepney, Gene Barge and Marshall Chess.

Recorded November 1968 at Ter Mar Studios – Chicago.


1. Spoonful (Willie Dixon) - 3:52
2. Tail Dragger (Willie Dixon) - 4:33
3. Smokestack Lightning (Chester Burnett)- 3:56
4. Moanin' at Midnight (Chester Burnett, Taub)- 3:15
5. Built for Comfort (Willie Dixon) - 5:11
6. The Red Rooster (Willie Dixon, Chester Burnett) - 3:50
7. Evil (Willie Dixon, Chester Burnett)- 4:06
8. Down in the Bottom (Willie Dixon)- 2:45
9. Three Hundred Pounds of Joy (Willie Dixon)- 2:35
10. Back Door Man (Willie Dixon) - 6:30

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