Chess Box CD (1991)

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Label Uni/chess Records
SKU 60263046
UPC 076732933220
UPC 14 00076732933220
Format CD
Release Date 11/12/1991
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Author Howlin' Wolf
Compilation Appearance Vol. 4-Harmonica Classics
Compilation Appearance Chess Blues
Compilation Appearance Chess Box
Compilation Appearance Music Never Stopped-Roots Of T
Compilation Appearance Chess Blues Classics 1957-67
Compilation Appearance Best Blues Album In The World.
Compilation Appearance Pure Blues
Compilation Appearance American Roots Music
Compilation Appearance It's All About The Blues
Compilation Appearance 20th Century Masters Best Of
Compilation Appearance Martin Scorsese Presents: The Best Of The Blues
Compilation Appearance Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: Eric Clapton
Compilation Appearance Gold:blues
Compilation Appearance Rough Guide To The Blues
Compilation Appearance Jimi Hendrix Jukebox
Compilation Appearance Blues Legacy:lost Found Series Vol
Compilation Appearance Halloween A Go Go
Compilation Appearance Best Of Chess:original Versions Of So
Compilation Appearance Sun Records Greatest Hits
Compilation Appearance Shame (Ost)
Compilation Appearance Sun 60Th Anniversary
Compilation Appearance All Time Greatest Blues Songs
Compilation Appearance Jukebox
Compilation Appearance Drive Time
Compilation Appearance Wolf Of Wall Street (ost)
Compilation Appearance Blues Juke Box
Compilation Appearance So Cal Speed Shops:hot Rod Classics
Compilation Appearance Duane Allman's Jukebox
Compilation Appearance Under The Influence:songs That Made T
Compilation Appearance Nothin But The Blues
Artist Influence Blind Lemon Jefferson
Artist Influence Blind Willie Johnson
Artist Influence Charley Patton
Artist Influence Robert Johnson
Artist Influence Son House
Artist Influence Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller)
Artist Influence T-Bone Walker
Artist Influence Tommy Johnson
Artist Contemporary Albert King
Artist Contemporary Andrew "Smokey" Hogg
Artist Contemporary B.B. King
Artist Contemporary Bessie Smith
Artist Contemporary Big Walter Horton
Artist Contemporary Billy Boy Arnold
Artist Contemporary Buddy Guy
Artist Contemporary Bukka White
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Artist Contemporary Eddie Shaw
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Artist Contemporary Elmore James
Artist Contemporary Gene Allison
Artist Contemporary Guitar Slim (Eddie Jones)
Artist Contemporary Hound Dog Taylor
Artist Contemporary Hubert Sumlin
Artist Contemporary Ike Turner
Artist Contemporary James Cotton (Harmonica)
Artist Contemporary Jesse Fuller
Artist Contemporary Jimmy Reed
Artist Contemporary Jimmy Rogers (Blues)
Artist Contemporary Jimmy Witherspoon
Artist Contemporary John Lee Hooker
Artist Contemporary Johnny "Guitar" Watson
Artist Contemporary Johnny Shines
Artist Contemporary Junior Parker
Artist Contemporary Junior Wells
Artist Contemporary Larry Williams (Piano/Singer)
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Artist Contemporary Otis Spann
Artist Contemporary Pat Hare
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Artist Contemporary Robert Wilkins
Artist Contemporary Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes
Artist Contemporary Snooks Eaglin
Artist Contemporary Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller)
Artist Contemporary The Staple Singers
Artist Contemporary Willie Dixon
Artist Follower Big Brother & the Holding Company
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Artist Follower Bonnie Raitt
Artist Follower Canned Heat
Artist Follower Captain Beefheart
Artist Follower Clarence "Frogman" Henry
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Artist Follower George Bedard
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Artist Follower Grateful Dead
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Artist Follower James Cotton (Harmonica)
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Artist Follower Nick Cave
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Artist Follower Paul Butterfield
Artist Follower Phil Alvin
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Artist Follower Roky Erickson
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Artist Follower Rory Gallagher
Artist Follower Roy Buchanan
Artist Follower Ry Cooder
Artist Follower Savoy Brown
Artist Follower Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Artist Follower Siegel-Schwall Band
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Technical Info
Engineer Doug Schwartz
Producer Andy McKaie; Leonard Chess; Norman Dayron; Phil Chess; Willie Dixon; Andy McKaie (Compilation)
CatalogID AACHD39332
Lable Name MCA/Chess
Released 11/05/1991
Original Release 1991
Number of Discs 6
SPARE Code n/a
Length 208m : 12s
Mono/Stereo Mixed
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00076732933220
Album Notes and Credits
This, the fifth in the series of Chess boxes, contains 71 tracks sequenced chronologically from 1951-1973. Digitally remastered from original master tapes and 78s, it includes two previously unknown solo acoustic guitar and vocal performances ("Ain't Going Down That Dirt Road" and "I'm the Wolf"), four segments from HOWLIN' WOLF TALKS and 17 tracks either previously unreleased in the US or on LP.
Personnel includes: Howlin' Wolf (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Willie Johnson, Hubert Sumlin (guitar); J.T. Brown (tenor saxophone); James Cotton (harmonica); Hosea Lee Kennard, Lafayette Leake, Johnny Jones (piano); Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy (bass); Willie Steele, Sam Lay (drums).
28 of the tracks are in stereo, including previously unissued versions of "Killing Floor", "Spoonful" and "I Ain't Superstitious". The package includes a 32-page LP-sized booklet, with 2 sets of liner notes containing a biography, track-by-track annotation, a Chess discography and rare photos.
Personnel: Howlin' Wolf (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, harmonica); Willie Dixon (vocals); Eric Clapton, Freddie King, L.D. McGhee, Lee Cooper, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Rogers , Jody Williams, Willie Harris, Willie Johnson, Buddy Guy (guitar); Jeffrey M. Carp, James Cotton (harmonica); Abe Locke, Adolph Duncan, J.T. Brown, Arnold Rogers (tenor saxophone); Donald Hankins (baritone saxophone); L.C. Hubert, Henry Gray, Ike Turner, Hosea Lee Kennard, Lafayette Leake, Otis Spann, Albert Williams (piano); Steve Winwood (organ); Earl Phillips, Fred Below, Junior Blackman, S.P. Leary, Sam Lay, Charlie Watts (drums).
Audio Remixers: Andy McKaie; John Strother; Bill Inglot.
Liner Note Authors: Dick Shurman; Chris Morris.
Recording information: Chicago, IL (1951-1973); Memphis, TN (1951-1973).
Photographers: Ray Flerlage; David Gahr; Ernest C. Withers; Frank Scott; Henry Diltz; Peter Lee ; Douglas Fulton; Steve Cushing; Brian Smith .
Chester "Howlin' Wolf'" Burnett's razor-like voice was one of the signature sounds of post-war Chicago electric blues, and the three-disc CHESS BOX is the definitive document of his landmark recordings for the label that the Chess brothers made into the ultimate conduit for classic Chicago blues. Though coming from similar stylistic roots to his contemporary Muddy Waters, the Wolf had more of an edge to his sound. Where Muddy came across as a confident, grounded man, Burnett often seemed desperate and slightly crazed, as if he might come unhinged at any moment. The physically huge Burnett was indeed an intimidating presence, and such tracks as "Evil" and "How Many More Years" bear a dark, almost scary aura. The Wolf's monolithic status is further borne out when one considers how many of the songs included here ("Smokestack Lightnin'," "Killing Floor," "Spoonful") were the building blocks for nearly every important US and UK rock band that began in the first half of the 1960s. THE CHESS BOX is an absolutely essential slab of blues history.
Artist Overview
Charles "Howlin' Wolf" Burnett's menacing, guttural vocals are among the blues' most distinctive sounds. His Chess recordings, including "Smokestack Lightning" and "Little Red Rooster," are landmarks which altered the flow of blues history and helped pave the way for rock 'n' roll. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Howlin' Wolf never really faded away (only to be rediscovered), but continued to tour constantly almost up until his death in 1976 of natural causes. Wolf, Muddy Waters, and Sonny Boy Williamson make up the Holy Trinity of Chicago blues, an electrified, mid-20th century urban genre that profoundly influenced the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, and countless others.
Professional Reviews
Musician (1/92, p.88) - "..whatever your taste, you'd have to be deaf not to respond to Wolf's Chicago classics..."Moanin' At Midnight" is one of the great moments in audio history.."
Disc 1
1 Moanin' At Midnight,Don't Mess With My Baby,Hidden Charms
2 How Many More Years,Smokestack Lightning,Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy
3 Howlin' Wolf Boogie,You Can't Be Beat,Built For Comfort
4 Wolf Is At Your Door, The,Howlin' Wolf Talks, No. 3,Love Me Darlin'
5 Mr. Highway Man,I Asked for Water (She Gave Me Gasoline),Killing Floor
6 Howlin' Wolf Talks, No.1,Natchez Burning, The,My Country Sugar Mama
7 Bluebird,Who's Been Talking?,Louise
8 Saddle My Pony,Tell Me,I Walked From Dallas
9 Well That's All Right,Sitting on Top of the World,Tell Me What I've Done
10 My Last Affair,I Didn't Know,Don't Laugh At Me
11 Just My Kind,Moanin' for My Baby,Ooh Baby (Hold Me)
12 Work For Your Money,Change My Way,New Crawlin' King Snake
13 Mama Died And Left Me,I Better Go Now,My Mind Is Ramblin'
14 All Night Boogie (All Night Long),Howlin' for My Darlin',Commit A Crime
15 Streamline Woman,I've Been Abused,Dust My Broom
16 Crazy About You Baby,Mr. Airplane Man - (previously unreleased, alternate take),I'm the Wolf - (previously unreleased)
17 You Gonna Wreck My Life (No Place to Go) - (alternate take),Wang Dang Doodle,Ain't Goin' Down That Dirt Road - (previously unreleased)
18 Neighbors,Back Door Man,Mary Sue
19 Howlin' Wolf Talks, No. 2,Howlin' Wolf Talks #4,Hard Luck
20 I'm The Wolf,Spoonful,Red Rooster, The
21 Rockin' Daddy,Down In The Bottom,Moving
22 Baby How Long,Shake For Me
23 Evil,Red Rooster, The
24 I'll Be Around,You'll Be Mine
25 Forty-Four,Just Like I Treat You
26 Who Will Be Next?,I Ain't Superstitious
27 Goin' Down Slow
28 Tail Dragger
Disc 2
1 Moanin' At Midnight,Don't Mess With My Baby,Hidden Charms
2 How Many More Years,Smokestack Lightning,Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy
3 Howlin' Wolf Boogie,You Can't Be Beat,Built For Comfort
4 Wolf Is At Your Door, The,Howlin' Wolf Talks, No. 3,Love Me Darlin'
5 Mr. Highway Man,I Asked for Water (She Gave Me Gasoline),Killing Floor
6 Howlin' Wolf Talks, No.1,Natchez Burning, The,My Country Sugar Mama
7 Bluebird,Who's Been Talking?,Louise
8 Saddle My Pony,Tell Me,I Walked From Dallas
9 Well That's All Right,Sitting on Top of the World,Tell Me What I've Done
10 My Last Affair,I Didn't Know,Don't Laugh At Me
11 Just My Kind,Moanin' for My Baby,Ooh Baby (Hold Me)
12 Work For Your Money,Change My Way,New Crawlin' King Snake
13 Mama Died And Left Me,I Better Go Now,My Mind Is Ramblin'
14 All Night Boogie (All Night Long),Howlin' for My Darlin',Commit A Crime
15 Streamline Woman,I've Been Abused,Dust My Broom
16 Crazy About You Baby,Mr. Airplane Man - (previously unreleased, alternate take),I'm the Wolf - (previously unreleased)
17 You Gonna Wreck My Life (No Place to Go) - (alternate take),Wang Dang Doodle,Ain't Goin' Down That Dirt Road - (previously unreleased)
18 Neighbors,Back Door Man,Mary Sue
19 Howlin' Wolf Talks, No. 2,Howlin' Wolf Talks #4,Hard Luck
20 I'm The Wolf,Spoonful,Red Rooster, The
21 Rockin' Daddy,Down In The Bottom,Moving
22 Baby How Long,Shake For Me
23 Evil,Red Rooster, The
24 I'll Be Around,You'll Be Mine
25 Forty-Four,Just Like I Treat You
26 Who Will Be Next?,I Ain't Superstitious
27 Goin' Down Slow
28 Tail Dragger
Disc 3
1 Moanin' At Midnight,Don't Mess With My Baby,Hidden Charms
2 How Many More Years,Smokestack Lightning,Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy
3 Howlin' Wolf Boogie,You Can't Be Beat,Built For Comfort
4 Wolf Is At Your Door, The,Howlin' Wolf Talks, No. 3,Love Me Darlin'
5 Mr. Highway Man,I Asked for Water (She Gave Me Gasoline),Killing Floor
6 Howlin' Wolf Talks, No.1,Natchez Burning, The,My Country Sugar Mama
7 Bluebird,Who's Been Talking?,Louise
8 Saddle My Pony,Tell Me,I Walked From Dallas
9 Well That's All Right,Sitting on Top of the World,Tell Me What I've Done
10 My Last Affair,I Didn't Know,Don't Laugh At Me
11 Just My Kind,Moanin' for My Baby,Ooh Baby (Hold Me)
12 Work For Your Money,Change My Way,New Crawlin' King Snake
13 Mama Died And Left Me,I Better Go Now,My Mind Is Ramblin'
14 All Night Boogie (All Night Long),Howlin' for My Darlin',Commit A Crime
15 Streamline Woman,I've Been Abused,Dust My Broom
16 Crazy About You Baby,Mr. Airplane Man - (previously unreleased, alternate take),I'm the Wolf - (previously unreleased)
17 You Gonna Wreck My Life (No Place to Go) - (alternate take),Wang Dang Doodle,Ain't Goin' Down That Dirt Road - (previously unreleased)
18 Neighbors,Back Door Man,Mary Sue
19 Howlin' Wolf Talks, No. 2,Howlin' Wolf Talks #4,Hard Luck
20 I'm The Wolf,Spoonful,Red Rooster, The
21 Rockin' Daddy,Down In The Bottom,Moving
22 Baby How Long,Shake For Me
23 Evil,Red Rooster, The
24 I'll Be Around,You'll Be Mine
25 Forty-Four,Just Like I Treat You
26 Who Will Be Next?,I Ain't Superstitious
27 Goin' Down Slow
28 Tail Dragger
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