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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
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How Many More Years - Moanin' At Midnight (7inch, 45rpm, RSD) Howlin' Wolf: How Many More Years - Moanin' At Midnight... Art-Nr.: 45TMR528

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(Third Man Records) Record Store Day November 2018 Recorded at Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Service at the recommendation of Ike Turner in July 1951, this incredibly influential single is the first ever 7" from legendary bluesman...
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Moanin' In The Moonlight (LP, 180g Vinyl) Howlin' Wolf: Moanin' In The Moonlight (LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LP78743

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(Universal/Geffen) 12 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1958 'Chess' LP album
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His Greatest Sides Vol.1 (LP) Howlin' Wolf: His Greatest Sides Vol.1 (LP) Art-Nr.: LPCH9107

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(Chess) 14 tracks - Original 1954 to 1965 'Chess' recordings Howlin' Wolf (10. Juni 1910 - 10. Januar 1976) Howlin' Wolf war in jeder Hinsicht einer der ganz grossen Bluessänger - als Entertainer, als Individuum und als Bluesmann war er...
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Blues Forever - The Best Of Howlin' Wolf (CD) Howlin' Wolf: Blues Forever - The Best Of Howlin' Wolf (CD) Art-Nr.: CD68034

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(SAAR srl) 16 tracks - original recordings from 1951-1952, made at Sun Studios, Memphis!
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Blues With A Beat (LP, 10inch) Howlin' Wolf: Blues With A Beat (LP, 10inch) Art-Nr.: LPCHESS1002

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(2018/Minigroove) 12 tracks - Another 10incher in the 'Minigroove' series by Howlin' Wolfr which never was issued originally that way! The sound is fantastic and the whole thing is a a real treat to listen to! Get your copy today!
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Smokestack Lightning (2-LP) Howlin' Wolf: Smokestack Lightning (2-LP) Art-Nr.: LP30512674

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(Charly/Serdisco) 28 tracks
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Moanin' And Howlin' (2-LP) Howlin' Wolf: Moanin' And Howlin' (2-LP) Art-Nr.: LP30512729

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(Charly/Serdisco) 24 tracks
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Howlin' For My Baby (2-LP) Howlin' Wolf: Howlin' For My Baby (2-LP) Art-Nr.: LP30512715

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(Charly/Serdisco) 19 tracks 
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Moanin' In The Moonlight (LP 180g Vinyl) Howlin' Wolf: Moanin' In The Moonlight (LP 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LP6785442

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

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

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(2016/Music On Vinyl) 12 tracks. 180 gram vinyl LP reissue of the 1962 self titled "Rockin' Chair" masterwork album.
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Blues Master Works (180g Vinyl, 2- LP, 1 CD) Howlin' Wolf: Blues Master Works (180g Vinyl, 2- LP, 1 CD) Art-Nr.: LPDB005

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(2013/Delta Blues) 25 tracks.
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The Howlin' Wolf Anthology (2-CD) Howlin' Wolf: The Howlin' Wolf Anthology (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD9835012

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(2007/Universal) 48 tracks - Officially released 2-CD set, a comprehensive collection of his Chess 45s. Superb sound quality.
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Killing Floor - Live 1964&1973 (2-CD) Howlin' Wolf: Killing Floor - Live 1964&1973 (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDRB3312

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

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(1997/MCA) 20 tracks.
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Ain't Gonna Be Your Dog Vol.1 Howlin' Wolf: Ain't Gonna Be Your Dog Vol.1 Art-Nr.: CD34294

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(1997/MCA) 22 tracks.
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Howlin' Wolf Howlin' Wolf: Howlin' Wolf Art-Nr.: CD263486

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(2014/Hoodoo) 22 tracks. His second album aka 'Rockin' Chair' plus bonus tracks.
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Howlin' Wolf (180g Vinyl - lmited edition) Howlin' Wolf: Howlin' Wolf (180g Vinyl - lmited edition) Art-Nr.: LP772011

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(2015/Wax Time) 14 tracks. Includes free MP3 album download. His second album aka 'Rockin' Chair' plus 2 bonus tracks.
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Howlin' Wolf Howlin' Wolf: Howlin' Wolf Art-Nr.: LPFRI211469

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(2014/Friday Music) 12 tracks. 1962
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Well That's Alright b-w Everybody's In The Mood  7inch, 45rpm, PS Howlin' Wolf: Well That's Alright b-w Everybody's In The Mood... Art-Nr.: SP45106

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Two cuts made in the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, supervised by Ike Turner!
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More Real Folk Blues Howlin' Wolf: More Real Folk Blues Art-Nr.: LPDOL1512

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(2013/DOL) 12 tracks. 1967
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Moanin' In The Moonlight (LP, Vinyl 180g) Howlin' Wolf: Moanin' In The Moonlight (LP, Vinyl 180g) Art-Nr.: LPDOL1434

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(2015/DOL) 12 tracks. 1951-59 'Chess'.
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Smoke Stack Lightning b-w You Can't Be Beat 7inch, 45rpm Howlin' Wolf: Smoke Stack Lightning b-w You Can't Be Beat... Art-Nr.: REP08057

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(2014/Repro)
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Smoke Stack Lightning b-w You Can't Be Beat  7inch, 45rpm Howlin' Wolf: Smoke Stack Lightning b-w You Can't Be Beat... Art-Nr.: REP08056

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Repro! Chess 45 1618
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Memphis Days Vol.2 Howlin' Wolf: Memphis Days Vol.2 Art-Nr.: MOVLP954

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2014 'Music On Vinyl', 19 tracks. 1951/52 'Sun'.
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Memphis Days Vol.1 Howlin' Wolf: Memphis Days Vol.1 Art-Nr.: MOVLP953

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2014 'Music On Vinyl', 21 tracks. 1951/52 'Sun'
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Howlin' Wolf Album Howlin' Wolf: Howlin' Wolf Album Art-Nr.: CD579248

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​1968 'Chess', 41:10/10. Japanese reissue of the original LP
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Moanin' In The Moonlight Howlin' Wolf: Moanin' In The Moonlight Art-Nr.: CD579245

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​1951-59 'Chess' 34:24/12. Japanese reissue of the original LP
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Real Folk Blues Howlin' Wolf: Real Folk Blues Art-Nr.: CD579247

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1957-63 'Chess', 32:41/12. Japanese reissue of the original LP
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Down In The Bottom b-w Wang Dang Doodle 7inch, 45rpm Howlin' Wolf: Down In The Bottom b-w Wang Dang Doodle 7inch,... Art-Nr.: REP08052

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​Superb Chicago blues two sider!
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The Back Door Wolf Howlin' Wolf: The Back Door Wolf Art-Nr.: LPCHESS50045

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(1973 'Chess') 180g HD, limited edition.
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You'll Be Mine b-w Going Down Slow 7inch, 45rpm Howlin' Wolf: You'll Be Mine b-w Going Down Slow 7inch, 45rpm Art-Nr.: REP08014

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Rockin' Blues with crazy piano chops, great guitar solo with the finishing touch of an incredible voice.
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Message To The Young Howlin' Wolf: Message To The Young Art-Nr.: LPGET54046

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(1971 'Chess') Get On Down
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The Howlin' Wolf Story Howlin' Wolf: The Howlin' Wolf Story Art-Nr.: DVD566319

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fascinating 'director's cut' version with 30 extra minutes. Rare and mostly previously unseen live footage by this impressive blues artist. You'll also get drummer Sam Lay's rare, never-before-seen home movies of stars of the Chicago...
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In Concert 1970 Howlin' Wolf: In Concert 1970 Art-Nr.: DVD13099

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This DVD shows Howlin' Wolf prowling on stage. Supported by his superb band, he plays a set of his own classics. Great to have these filmings available now. HOWLIN' WOLF - voc/hca, HUBERT SUMLIN - gtr, SUNNYLAND SLIM - org, RANDY JOE...
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Evil Howlin' Wolf: Evil Art-Nr.: CHESS1540

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(1959 'Chess') Universal 180 g HD vinyl.
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Message To The Young Howlin' Wolf: Message To The Young Art-Nr.: CDGET54046

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

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(2011/STARDUST) 11 tracks 1950/60s
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Just Like I Treat You - Do The Do 7inch, 45rpm Howlin' Wolf: Just Like I Treat You - Do The Do 7inch, 45rpm Art-Nr.: REP08022

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Super rare on original! Nice blues rocker!
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The Howlin' Wolf Album Howlin' Wolf: The Howlin' Wolf Album Art-Nr.: LPGET54038

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(1968 'Cadet Concept') Geffen Records
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Moanin' In The Moonlight Howlin' Wolf: Moanin' In The Moonlight Art-Nr.: DOX655

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(1951-59 'Chess') Doxy
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Live And Cookin' At Alice's Revisited Howlin' Wolf: Live And Cookin' At Alice's Revisited Art-Nr.: CDRV336

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

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

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

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

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(1951-60 'Chess') (126:58/46)
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Howlin' Wolf - Moanin' In The Moonlight Howlin' Wolf: Howlin' Wolf - Moanin' In The Moonlight Art-Nr.: CDCH5908

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(1951-61 'Chess') (65:57/24)
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Sings The Blues Howlin' Wolf: Sings The Blues Art-Nr.: CDCHM1013

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From Ace (UK) Records 'Crown' series, re-producing the original art work and adding bonus tracks. Great stuff!.
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London Sessions Howlin' Wolf: London Sessions Art-Nr.: CDMCA013720

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Excerpts from the 'DeLuxe-Edition' 2-CD set. Contains previously unavailable outtakes and bonus cuts.
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Live & Cookin' At Alice's Revisited Howlin' Wolf: Live & Cookin' At Alice's Revisited Art-Nr.: CD34229

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(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.
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