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domingo, 17 de julio de 2016

Howlin' Wolf • Rockin' The Blues Live In Germany

This is a reissue of the November 6, 1964, Bremen concert that was previously available as Live in Europe 1964 on the Sundown label, with the same incorrect title references. What is first-rate is the sound, which is head-and-shoulders above most of the Howlin' Wolf live recordings of this period, undoubtedly because the show was part of the American Folk-Blues tour, large chunks of which were recorded professionally, and also the performance, which comes from a time when Wolf was still in very robust health. It's been said that if Muddy Waters had been born in Africa, he would have been a king; this show, which Chess Records could only wish they'd recorded, is a reminder that if Howlin' Wolf had been born in Africa, he'd have been a witch doctor or shaman; he's spellbinding in his performance, and the band backing him (a kind of star combo itself, with Willie Dixon and Sunnyland Slim playing alongside Hubert Sumlin) is tight, if a little restrained. And to top it off, it's mid-priced. ~Review by Bruce Eder

01. Shake It For Me (3:41)
02. Love Me (6:29)
03. Dust My Broom (4:52)
04. I Didn't Mean To Hurt Your Feelings (5:35)
05. Rockin' The Blues (5:09)
06. All My Love (4:10)
07. Going Down Slow (6:14)
08. Howlin' For My Darlin' (4:09)
09. Forty-Four (7:32)

Time: 47:53
Released: 2003
Styles: Chicago Blues
Label: Acrobat

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