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Chess Box (1991)

Artist: Howlin' Wolf
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Format: CD
Sku: 60263046
UPC: 076732933220
UPC 14: 00076732933220
Release Date: 11/12/1991
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Moanin' At Midnight ~ Howlin' Wolf
2. How Many More Years ~ Howlin' Wolf
3. Howlin' Wolf Boogie ~ Howlin' Wolf
4. Wolf Is At Your Door, The ~ Howlin' Wolf
5. Mr. Highway Man ~ Howlin' Wolf
6. Howlin' Wolf Talks, No.1 ~ Howlin' Wolf
7. Bluebird ~ Howlin' Wolf
8. Saddle My Pony ~ Howlin' Wolf
9. Well That's All Right ~ Howlin' Wolf
10. My Last Affair ~ Howlin' Wolf
11. Just My Kind ~ Howlin' Wolf
12. Work For Your Money ~ Howlin' Wolf
13. Mama Died And Left Me ~ Howlin' Wolf
14. All Night Boogie (All Night Long) ~ Howlin' Wolf
15. Streamline Woman ~ Howlin' Wolf
16. Crazy About You Baby ~ Howlin' Wolf
17. You Gonna Wreck My Life (No Place to Go) - (alternate take) ~ Howlin' Wolf
18. Neighbors ~ Howlin' Wolf
19. Howlin' Wolf Talks, No. 2 ~ Howlin' Wolf
20. I'm The Wolf ~ Howlin' Wolf
21. Rockin' Daddy ~ Howlin' Wolf
22. Baby How Long ~ Howlin' Wolf
23. Evil ~ Howlin' Wolf
24. I'll Be Around ~ Howlin' Wolf
25. Forty-Four ~ Howlin' Wolf
26. Who Will Be Next? ~ Howlin' Wolf
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Don't Mess With My Baby ~ Howlin' Wolf
2. Smokestack Lightning ~ Howlin' Wolf
3. You Can't Be Beat ~ Howlin' Wolf
4. Howlin' Wolf Talks, No. 3 ~ Howlin' Wolf
5. I Asked for Water (She Gave Me Gasoline) ~ Howlin' Wolf
6. Natchez Burning, The ~ Howlin' Wolf
7. Who's Been Talking? ~ Howlin' Wolf
8. Tell Me ~ Howlin' Wolf
9. Sitting on Top of the World ~ Howlin' Wolf
10. I Didn't Know ~ Howlin' Wolf
11. Moanin' for My Baby ~ Howlin' Wolf
12. Change My Way ~ Howlin' Wolf
13. I Better Go Now ~ Howlin' Wolf
14. Howlin' for My Darlin' ~ Howlin' Wolf
15. I've Been Abused ~ Howlin' Wolf
16. Mr. Airplane Man - (previously unreleased, alternate take) ~ Howlin' Wolf
17. Wang Dang Doodle ~ Howlin' Wolf
18. Back Door Man ~ Howlin' Wolf
19. Howlin' Wolf Talks #4 ~ Howlin' Wolf
20. Spoonful ~ Howlin' Wolf
21. Down In The Bottom ~ Howlin' Wolf
22. Shake For Me ~ Howlin' Wolf
23. Red Rooster, The ~ Howlin' Wolf
24. You'll Be Mine ~ Howlin' Wolf
25. Just Like I Treat You ~ Howlin' Wolf
26. I Ain't Superstitious ~ Howlin' Wolf
27. Goin' Down Slow ~ Howlin' Wolf
28. Tail Dragger ~ Howlin' Wolf
Disc 3
Song Title
1. Hidden Charms ~ Howlin' Wolf
2. Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy ~ Howlin' Wolf
3. Built For Comfort ~ Howlin' Wolf
4. Love Me Darlin' ~ Howlin' Wolf
5. Killing Floor ~ Howlin' Wolf
6. My Country Sugar Mama ~ Howlin' Wolf
7. Louise ~ Howlin' Wolf
8. I Walked From Dallas ~ Howlin' Wolf
9. Tell Me What I've Done ~ Howlin' Wolf
10. Don't Laugh At Me ~ Howlin' Wolf
11. Ooh Baby (Hold Me) ~ Howlin' Wolf
12. New Crawlin' King Snake ~ Howlin' Wolf
13. My Mind Is Ramblin' ~ Howlin' Wolf
14. Commit A Crime ~ Howlin' Wolf
15. Dust My Broom ~ Howlin' Wolf
16. I'm the Wolf - (previously unreleased) ~ Howlin' Wolf
17. Ain't Goin' Down That Dirt Road - (previously unreleased) ~ Howlin' Wolf
18. Mary Sue ~ Howlin' Wolf
19. Hard Luck ~ Howlin' Wolf
20. Red Rooster, The ~ Howlin' Wolf
21. Moving ~ Howlin' Wolf

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Audio Remixers: Andy McKaie; John Strother; Bill Inglot.
Muze PNote Liner Note Authors: Dick Shurman; Chris Morris.
Muze PNote Recording information: Chicago, IL (1951-1973); Memphis, TN (1951-1973).
Muze PNote Photographers: Ray Flerlage; David Gahr; Ernest C. Withers; Frank Scott; Henry Diltz; Peter Lee ; Douglas Fulton; Steve Cushing; Brian Smith .
Muze PNote 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.

Producer: Andy McKaie; Leonard Chess; Norman Dayron; Phil Chess; Willie Dixon; Andy McKaie (Compilation)

Engineer: Doug Schwartz

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.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Vol. 4-Harmonica Classics
Muze Music Compilations Chess Blues
Muze Music Compilations Chess Box
Muze Music Compilations Music Never Stopped-Roots Of T
Muze Music Compilations Chess Blues Classics 1957-67
Muze Music Compilations Best Blues Album In The World.
Muze Music Compilations Pure Blues
Muze Music Compilations American Roots Music
Muze Music Compilations 20th Century Masters Best Of
Muze Music Compilations Martin Scorsese Presents: The Best Of The Blues
Muze Music Compilations Gold:blues
Muze Music Compilations Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: Eric Clapton
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Chess:original Versions Of So
Muze Music Compilations Shame (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Sun 60Th Anniversary
Muze Music Compilations All Time Greatest Blues Songs
Muze Music Compilations Greatest R b Hits Of 1956:Vol 2
Muze Music Compilations Greatest R b Hits Of 1956:Vol 1
Muze Music Compilations Drive Time
Muze Music Compilations Wolf Of Wall Street (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Blues Juke Box
Muze Music Compilations Rough Guide To The Blues
Muze Music Compilations Duane Allman's Jukebox
Muze Music Compilations Under The Influence:songs That Made T
Muze Music Compilations Jukebox
Muze Music Compilations Sun Records Greatest Hits
Muze Music Compilations So Cal Speed Shops:hot Rod Classics
Muze Music Compilations Halloween A Go Go

Associated Artists and Works

Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks ~ Bonamassa, Joe
Diddley, Bo
A Tribute To Howlin' Wolf ~ Various Artists
Muddy & The Wolf ~ Waters, Muddy

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/05/1991
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1991
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : AACHD39332
Music Label Name Label : MCA/Chess
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 6
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Mixed
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00076732933220

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.."

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