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Saturday, September 26, 2009
Howlin' Wolf - Complete Chess Recordings 1951-1969 Disc 2 and 3
Discs 2 and 3 have 21 and 20 tracks each, and MANY songs you never heard before. A lot of tracks are alternate takes,and many songs are never played on the radio-EVER! So there's a wealth of music that is begging to be loved by you. My favorite song must be Forty-Four. I'm not really so sure what the song means,but it lumbers along,and I think he's singing about carrying a gun,to do some harm. He wears this gun so long,it made his shoulder sore. I think that's what he's singing, but I guess the lyrics don't mean that much for me,I like the melody and the stomping and the piano,which takes an active role in this song. It's menacing. I also like the Wolf's fine fine harmonica playing. I like the guitar, I like the stomp.I like the drumming. Nobody plays this song on the radio?! What's wrong with you? I'm guessing if some opened minded blues DJ played it, listeners would call and ask about this song,and love it. If you love this band, and Howlin' Wolf's music, I urge you to read a book called Moaning At Midnight-The Life And Times Of Howlin' Wolf By James Segrest & Mark Hoffman. It's a complete biography of an amazing guy. It's a fantastic book. From the Introduction: "He was one of a kind.Nobody I heard before him or after him had that fantastic delivery-that certain something in his voice that seemed like a sword that'd pierce your soul when he'd sing. Wolf was already a great singer and musician when I first met him. To my mind, he's one of the greatest ever.We'll never see another like him." -B.B. King Go ahead and pierce your soul here. Howlin' Wolf 2