SALE

Who was/is Howlin' Wolf ? - CDs, Vinyl LPs, DVD and more


Howlin' Wolf

For a guy who didn't see the inside of a recording studio until he was 40 years old, Chester Arthur Burnett certainly made up for lost time. Of course, the giant known as Howlin' Wolf possessed the most fearsome, feral vocal cords in the annals of electric postwar blues. His wheezing harmonica was as distinctive as his unbeatable flair for showmanship; he routinely rolled around the stage in simulation of sexual ecstasy or climbed the stage curtains like a deranged madman.

"Wolf was the greatest that I've ever known," says his longtime saxist Eddie Shaw. "Wolf was not only a musician, he was an entertainer. That's what I respected him for."

Born June 10, 1910 in White Station, Mississippi (near West Point), Burnett got his stage moniker from his grandfather (the impressively built lad also answered to Big Foot and Bullcow). His family settled in the Delta in 1923, and the great Charley Patton gave him personal tutelage on guitar in '28. Chester picked up harmonica licks from Rice Miller—Sonny Boy Williamson #2—when the harpist was romancing Wolf's sister. He was playing electric guitar on the streets as early as 1938. After returning from an ill-fated Army stint during World War II, the big man got more serious about his music, landing a daily 15-minute program on KWEM in West Memphis in 1949. Sam Phillips caught one of Wolf's broadcasts and was transfixed.

Phillips brought Wolf into his fledgling Memphis Recording Service in the spring of 1951 for a demo date. Sam shipped the results up north to Chess, which requested a full session in either May or August. Accompanying Wolf was his sledgehammer guitarist Willie Johnson, a product of Lake Cormorant, Mississippi (he was born March 4, 1923) who played pretty ninth chords one second and barbed-wire leads the next. Also on hand were drummer Willie Steele and a pianist. How Many More Years and its eerie plattermate Moanin' At Midnight were cut at that first date, and both pierced the R&B charts on Chess, How Many peaking higher at #4. 

Meanwhile, Ike Turner had hipped the Bihari brothers to Wolf's talents and they pacted him to RPM, setting up a session at KWEM that September that yielded Morning At Midnight (Moanin' At Midnight in paper-thin disguise), a How Many More Years variant titled Dog Me Around, and two more titles. "The Modern record company would come in, and we would record the same songs for them and get 25 bucks apiece," said Turner. With Wolf now also on RPM, the feud between Leonard Chess and Modern's Bihari brothers ramped up. The battle was ultimately settled the next year when Modern held on to Memphis pianist Rosco Gordon (another Phillips discovery claimed by both labels) while the Wolf went to Chess. Great as Rosco was, looks like Leonard won that round.

 

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

PLUG IT IN! TURN IT UP!

Electric Blues 1939-2005. - The Definitive Collection!

 



More information about Howlin' Wolf on de.Wikipedia.org
 
 
   
 
Howlin' Wolf: The Memphis Days Vol.1
Art-Nr.: BCD15460
 

Item in stock

1-CD with 12-page booklet, 21 tracks. Playing time approx. 61 mns. Hailed by fans and critics as one of the greatest blues CDs ever issued, this set is the first installment of Wolf's incredible Chess and Memphis Recording Service sides made between 1951 and 1952....

Instead of:$17.64 * $14.11 *

Howlin' Wolf: Memphis Days Vol.2
Art-Nr.: BCD15500
 

Item in stock

1-CD with 8-page booklet, 19 tracks. Playing time approx. 51 mns. A companion to Volume 1, this includes all the released Chess masters from Memphis together with out-takes of both the issued and unissued recordings. A total of 19 songs including Baby Ride With Me...

Instead of:$17.64 * $14.11 *

HOWLIN' WOLF: Live And Cookin' At Alice's Revisited
Art-Nr.: CDRV336
 

Item in stock

The only live album released during his lifetime. Contains two bonus cuts. Great Chicago blues band! HOWLIN' WOLF - hca/voc, HUBERT SUMLIN - gtr, L.V. 'WILLIE' WILLIAMS - gtr, SUNNYLAND SLIM - pno, EDDIE SHAW - ten, DAVID MYERS - bass, FRED BELOW - drums.

$27.08 *

Howlin' Wolf: Memphis Days Vol.2
Art-Nr.: MOVLP954
 

Item in stock

2014 'Music On Vinyl', 19 tracks. 1951/52 'Sun'.

$25.37 *

Howlin' Wolf: Live & Cookin' At Alice's Revisited
Art-Nr.: CD34229
 

Item in stock

(1972 'Chess') (65:05/10) 'Recorded live at Alice's Revisited, Chicago - January 26, 1972.' - HOWLIN' WOLF - hca/voc, EDDIE SHAW - ten, HUBERT SUMLIN - gtr, L.V. WILLIAMS - gtr, SUNNYLAND SLIM - pno, DAVID MYERS - bass, FRED BELOW - drums.

$13.87 *

Howlin' Wolf: The Back Door Wolf
Art-Nr.: CDCHD9358
 

Item in stock

(1973 'Chess Records') (39:40/11) Sein letztes Album für Chess / his last for Chess. HOWLIN' WOLF - hca/voc, HUBERT SUMLIN & WILIE HARRIS - gtrs, DETROIT JR. - pno, ANDREW MacMAHON - bass, S.P. LEARY - drums (contains one alternate take)

$10.33 *

Howlin' Wolf: Howlin' Wolf (180g Vinyl - lmited edition)
Art-Nr.: LP772011
 

Item in stock

(2015/Wax Time) 14 tracks. Includes free MP3 album download. His second album aka 'Rockin' Chair' plus 2 bonus tracks.

$23.31 *

Howlin' Wolf: Just Like I Treat You - Do The Do 7inch, 45rpm
Art-Nr.: REP08022
 

Item in stock

Super rare on original! Nice blues rocker!

$12.69 *

Howlin' Wolf: Howlin' Wolf Album
Art-Nr.: CD579248
 

Item in stock

​1968 'Chess', 41:10/10. Japanese reissue of the original LP

$18.59 *

Howlin' Wolf: Howlin' Wolf (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPMOV1283
 

Item in stock

(2016/Music On Vinyl) 12 tracks. 180 gram vinyl LP reissue of the 1962 self titled "Rockin' Chair" masterwork album.

$30.62 *

Howlin' Wolf: The Howlin' Wolf Album
Art-Nr.: LPGET54038
 

Item in stock

(1968 'Cadet Concept') Geffen Records

$35.34 *

Howlin' Wolf: The Wolf Is At Your Door (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS30201
 

Item in stock

(1951-60 'Chess') (126:58/46)

$20.00 *

HOWLIN' WOLF: Featuring Hubert Sumlin On Guitar
Art-Nr.: 040941039
 

Item in stock

(1996 'Hal Leonard') Standard Notation, TAB und Lyrics. Inklusive Kommentare zu den Gitarrenstilen von Hubert Sumlin und Willie Johnson. Bis auf zwei sind alle auf der Chess-Box (CD CHD3 9332) zu finden / authentic transcriptions from the Chess-box in standard...

Instead of:$32.45 * $22.72 *

Howlin' Wolf: Howlin' Wolf - Moanin' In The Moonlight
Art-Nr.: CDCH5908
 

Item in stock

(1951-61 'Chess') (65:57/24)

$10.33 *

NEW
Howlin' Wolf: Moanin' And Howlin' (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LP30512729
 

Item in stock

(Charly/Serdisco) 24 tracks 

$21.18 *

NEW
Howlin' Wolf: Howlin' For My Baby (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LP30512715
 

Item in stock

(Charly/Serdisco) 19 tracks 

$21.18 *

Howlin' Wolf: The Howlin' Wolf Anthology (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD9835012
 

Item in stock

(2007/Universal) 48 tracks - Officially released 2-CD set, a comprehensive collection of his Chess 45s. Superb sound quality.

Instead of:$17.64 * $14.11 *

Howlin' Wolf: Killing Floor - Live 1964&1973 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRB3312
 

Item in stock

(2015/Rockbeat) 20 tracks. CD1: American Folk Festival, Wiesbaden, Germany, 11/16/1964. Howlin' Wolf - gtr/voc, Sunnyland Slim - pno, Hubert Sumlin - gtr, Clifton James - drums. CD2: Ebbet's Field, Denver, CO, 08/23/1973. Howlin' Wolf - gtr/voc, Detroit Jr. -...

$23.31 *

HOWLIN' WOLF: Moanin' In The Moonlight
Art-Nr.: CD579245
 

Item in stock

​1951-59 'Chess' 34:24/12. Japanese reissue of the original LP

$18.59 *

HOWLIN' WOLF: Real Folk Blues
Art-Nr.: CD579247
 

Item in stock

1957-63 'Chess', 32:41/12. Japanese reissue of the original LP

$18.59 *

Howlin' Wolf: Moanin' In The Moonlight (LP 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LP6785442
 

Currently not available

(2016 / Vinyl Livers) 16 tracks. Howlin 'Wolf's outstanding debut album for Chess Records in 1959 - one of the cornerstones of the genre. It has some of his early hits. In addition, four 4 bonus tracks.

$25.90 *

Howlin' Wolf: Message To The Young
Art-Nr.: CDGET54046
 

Currently not available

The last of his 'psychedelic' albums, produced by Cash McCall and Sonny Thompson. The Wolf sounds uninspired. The songs won't really fit to his massive style and vocal power. - Digipak. HOWLIN' WOLF - voc, JON STOCKTIN - gtr, BRYCE ROBERSOn - gtr, JOHN JEREMIAH -...

$18.29 *

Howlin' Wolf: Smoke Stack Lightning b-w You Can't Be Beat 7inch, 45rpm
Art-Nr.: REP08056
 

Currently not available

Repro! Chess 45 1618

$12.69 *

Howlin' Wolf: Howlin' Wolf
Art-Nr.: CD263486
 

Currently not available

(2014/Hoodoo) 22 tracks. His second album aka 'Rockin' Chair' plus bonus tracks.

$11.51 *

Howlin' Wolf: Ain't Gonna Be Your Dog Vol.2
Art-Nr.: CD34277
 

Currently not available

(1997/MCA) 20 tracks.

$11.51 *

HOWLIN' WOLF: London Sessions
Art-Nr.: CDMCA013720
 

Currently not available

Excerpts from the 'DeLuxe-Edition' 2-CD set. Contains previously unavailable outtakes and bonus cuts.

$18.29 *

Howlin' Wolf: Big City Blues (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LP772083
 

Currently not available

(2016/Waxtime) 13 tracks, recorded for 'RPM' between 1951 and 1953! Reproduction of the original 1962 'Crown' album plus five bonus tracks! Howlin' Wolf (voacals and harmonica), Ike Turner (piano), Willie Johnson (guitar) and Willie Steele (drums)!

$23.54 *

Howlin' Wolf: Killing Floor: Blues Essentials
Art-Nr.: LPCLP6796
 

Currently not available

(2011/STARDUST) 11 tracks 1950/60s

$23.54 *

NEW
Howlin' Wolf: Smokestack Lightning (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LP30512674
 

Currently not available

(Charly/Serdisco) 28 tracks 

$21.18 *

HOWLIN' WOLF: Moanin' In The Moonlight
Art-Nr.: DOX655
 

Currently not available

(1951-59 'Chess') Doxy

$22.13 *

Howlin' Wolf: The Real Folk Blues - More Real Folk Blues
Art-Nr.: CDMCAD112820
 

Currently not available

The original albums 'The Real Folk Blues' and 'More Real Folk Blues', originally released in 1966, and '67 re-issued on one CD. Despite the album titles, both feature the Wolf with his full band and are featuring loud, expressive, urban-style blues Chicago. Classics!.

$18.29 *

Howlin' Wolf: The Howlin' Wolf Album
Art-Nr.: CDGET54038
 

Currently not available

When this album was first released during the late 1960s, lovers of traditional style electric blues from Chicago ... they hated it! Psychedelic caterwauling, uninspired rock drumming, and a vocalist who didn't seem to like what he was doing. Rock fans were...

$18.29 *

Howlin' Wolf: Ain't Gonna Be Your Dog Vol.1
Art-Nr.: CD34294
 

Currently not available

(1997/MCA) 22 tracks.

$11.51 *

   
 
 
Viewed