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Howlin' Wolf 11//1991

Review

This three-CD box set currently rates as the best -- and most digestible -- overview of Howlin' Wolf's career. Disc one starts with the Memphis sides that eventually brought him to the label, including hits like "How Many More Years," but also compiling unissued sides that had previously only been available on vinyl bootlegs of dubious origin and fidelity. The disc finishes with an excellent cross section of early Chicago sessions, including classic Wolf tracks like "Evil," "Forty Four," "I'll Be Around," and "Who Will Be Next?" Disc two picks it up from there, guiding listeners from mid- to late-'50s barnburners like "The Natchez Burning" and "I Better Go Now" to the bulk of the Willie Dixon classics. The final disc runs out the last of the Dixon sessions into mid-'60s classics like "Killing Floor," taking the listener to a nice selection of his final recordings. A really nice bonus on this box set is the inclusion on the first two discs of snippets from a 1968 Howlin' Wolf interview and two performances of Wolf playing solo acoustic. If you've heard the sound of the Wolf, here's where you go to get a lot of it in one place. Definitely not the place to start (unless you have money to burn), but maybe just the perfect place to end up. ~ Cub Koda
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Moanin' at Midnight Howlin' Wolf 2:54
  3. 2 How Many More Years Howlin' Wolf 2:40
  4. 3 Howlin' Wolf Boogie Howlin' Wolf 2:36
  5. 4 The Wolf Is at Your Door [Single Version] Howlin' Wolf 2:56
  6. 5 Mr. Highway Man Howlin' Wolf 2:46
  7. 6 Howlin' Wolf Talks No. 1 Howlin' Wolf 1:57
  8. 7 Bluebird Howlin' Wolf 2:48
  9. 8 Saddle My Pony Howlin' Wolf 2:32
  10. 9 (Well) That's All Right Howlin' Wolf 2:59
  11. 10 My Last Affair Howlin' Wolf 2:56
  12. 11 Just My Kind Howlin' Wolf 2:59
  13. 12 Work for Your Money Howlin' Wolf 2:17
  14. 13 Mama Died and Left Me Howlin' Wolf 3:10
  15. 14 All Night Boogie (All Night Long) Howlin' Wolf 2:11
  16. 15 Streamline Woman Howlin' Wolf 2:43
  17. 16 Crazy About You Baby Howlin' Wolf 2:19
  18. 17 You Gonna Wreck My Life [Alternate Take] Howlin' Wolf 2:32
  19. 18 Neighbors Howlin' Wolf 2:44
  20. 19 Howlin' Wolf Talks No. 2 Howlin' Wolf 1:47
  21. 20 I'm the Wolf Howlin' Wolf 2:49
  22. 21 Rockin' Daddy Howlin' Wolf 3:1
  23. 22 Baby How Long Howlin' Wolf 2:52
  24. 23 Evil (Is Going On) Howlin' Wolf 2:53
  25. 24 I'll Be Around Howlin' Wolf 3:11
  26. 25 Forty Four Howlin' Wolf 2:46
  27. 26 Who Will Be Next Howlin' Wolf 2:32
  28. 1 Don't Mess With My Baby Howlin' Wolf 2:36
  29. 2 Smokestack Lightnin' Howlin' Wolf 3:5
  30. 3 You Can't Be Beat Howlin' Wolf 3:4
  31. 4 Howlin' Wolf Talks No. 3 Howlin' Wolf 0:55
  32. 5 I Asked for Water Howlin' Wolf 2:47
  33. 6 The Natchez Burnin' Howlin' Wolf 2:7
  34. 7 Who's Been Talking? Howlin' Wolf 2:20
  35. 8 Tell Me Howlin' Wolf 2:54
  36. 9 Sitting On Top of the World Howlin' Wolf 2:31
  37. 10 I Didn't Know Howlin' Wolf 2:34
  38. 11 Moaning for My Baby Howlin' Wolf 2:47
  39. 12 Change My Way Howlin' Wolf 3:30
  40. 13 I Better Go Now Howlin' Wolf 2:41
  41. 14 Howlin' for My Darling Howlin' Wolf 2:31
  42. 15 I've Been Abused Howlin' Wolf 2:34
  43. 16 Mr. Airplane Man Howlin' Wolf 3:18
  44. 17 Wang Dang Doodle Howlin' Wolf 2:21
  45. 18 Back Door Man Howlin' Wolf 2:47
  46. 19 Howlin' Wolf Talks No. 4 Howlin' Wolf 0:26
  47. 20 Spoonful Howlin' Wolf 2:42
  48. 21 Down in the Bottom Howlin' Wolf 2:31
  49. 22 Shake for Me Howlin' Wolf 2:12
  50. 23 The Red Rooster [1961 Single Version] Howlin' Wolf 2:24
  51. 24 You'll Be Mine Howlin' Wolf 2:25
  52. 25 Just Like I Treat You Howlin' Wolf 2:54
  53. 26 I Ain't Superstitious Howlin' Wolf 2:51
  54. 27 Goin' Down Slow Howlin' Wolf 3:59
  55. 28 Tail Dragger Howlin' Wolf 2:56
  56. 1 Hidden Charms Howlin' Wolf 2:20
  57. 2 Three Hundred Pounds of Joy Howlin' Wolf 3:1
  58. 3 Built for Comfort Howlin' Wolf 2:36
  59. 4 Love Me Darlin' Howlin' Wolf 2:49
  60. 5 Killing Floor Howlin' Wolf 2:47
  61. 6 My Country Sugar Mama Howlin' Wolf 2:33
  62. 7 Louise Howlin' Wolf 2:41
  63. 8 I Walked From Dallas Howlin' Wolf 3:12
  64. 9 Tell Me What I've Done Howlin' Wolf 2:47
  65. 10 Don't Laugh at Me Howlin' Wolf 3:11
  66. 11 Ooh Baby (Hold Me) Howlin' Wolf 2:36
  67. 12 New Crawlin' King Snake Howlin' Wolf 2:53
  68. 13 My Mind Is Ramblin' Howlin' Wolf 2:50
  69. 14 Commit a Crime Howlin' Wolf 3:4
  70. 15 Dust My Broom Howlin' Wolf 2:54
  71. 16 I'm the Wolf [Acoustic] Howlin' Wolf 5:6
  72. 17 Ain't Goin' Down That Dirt Road Howlin' Wolf 5:49
  73. 18 Mary Sue Howlin' Wolf 3:2
  74. 19 Hard Luck Howlin' Wolf 3:11
  75. 20 The Red Rooster (False Start and Dialogue) Howlin' Wolf 5:50
  76. 21 Moving Howlin' Wolf 2:42

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