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
Howlin' Wolf 3