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Thursday, September 24, 2009
Howlin' Wolf - Complete Chess Recordings 1951-1969 Disc 1
Howlin' Wolf born Chester Burnett June 10,1910 - January 10th,1976. He's one of my favorite musicians,and singers,ever! This is from the series on Charly Records, and is very hard to find, and worth tracking down, simply because it's so full of music, it's hypnotizing, it's emotional,it's the greatest blues recordings,made from an amazing man. I'm not the only person who feels this way...So recollected Robert Palmer on seeing Howlin' wolf perform in 1965,but that was only the beginning: "The signal to finish (the show)led to a grand finale of Wolf feigning an exit,and suddenly making a flying leap for the curtain at the side of the stage. Holding the microphone under his beefy right arm and singing into it all the while,he began climbing up the curtain,until he was perched far above the stage,the thick curtain threatening to rip...then he loosened his grip ...slid right back down...hit the stage,cut off the tune,and stalked away,to the most ecstatic cheers of the evening. He was 55 years old". I wish I could have seen that!!! As if the singing and playing didn't slay you, the climbing the curtain surely made you shit your pants, what a showman! Well, while you listen to this disc,please think of that image.This is a powerful performer, and they don't make 'em like this anymore. Howlin' Wolf 1