The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions
 : The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions

by: Howlin' Wolf

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Price: $44.95
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Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0000881129852
Edition: Rmst DLX Dig ed.
Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
Item Dimensions: 5050036575
Label: Chess
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Chess
MPN: 008811298524
Number Of Discs: 2
Number Of Items: 2
Publication Date: March 04, 2003
Publisher: Chess
Release Date: March 04, 2003
Studio: Chess

Disc 1:
  1. Rockin' Daddy
  2. I Ain't Superstitious
  3. Sitting on Top of the World
  4. Worried About My Baby
  5. What a Woman!
  6. Poor Boy
  7. Built for Comfort
  8. Who's Been Talking?
  9. Red Rooster
  10. Do the Do
  11. Highway 49
  12. Wang Dang Doodle
  13. Goin' Down Slow (Bonus Track)
  14. Killing Floor (Bonus Track)
  15. I Want To Have A Word With You (Bonus Track)
Disc 2:
  1. Worried About My Baby (Rehearsal Take)
  2. The Red Rooster (Alternate Mix)
  3. What A Woman (Alternate Take)
  4. Who's Been Talking (Alternate Take)
  5. Worried About My baby (Alternate Take)
  6. I Ain't Superstitious (Alternate Take)
  7. Highway 49 (Alternate Take)
  8. Do The Do (Alternate Take)
  9. Poor Boy (Alternate Take)
  10. I Ain't Superstitious (Alternate Take)
  11. What A Woman (Alternate Mix)
  12. Rockin' Daddy (Alternate Mix)
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Editorial Review:

Product Description:
Many have wondered how Wolf interacted with young Eric Clapton, Stevie Winwood, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman when they recorded The London Sessions in 1970. This fascinating deluxe edition contains the original LP, three cuts from London Revisited , 12 unissued tracks from the sessions and lengthy studio dialogue.
Shipping sixtysomething blues icon Howlin' Wolf to England in May 1970, accompanied by his guitarist Hubert Sumlin, was a crapshoot. Wolf’s health was poor and he hadn’t recorded outside of Chicago since 1954. Not surprisingly, Wolf’s London excursion remains a mixed bag. Certainly, the participants’ hearts were in their music--with the notable exception perhaps of Wolf's--but the result never quite gelled. When the Brit rockers such as Eric Clapton the Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts dug into his songs, they collided with the ornery bluesman. Producer Norman Dayron later overdubbed Steve Winwood and Lafayette Leake’s keyboards (along with horns on a few tracks) to salvage the sessions. Of all the classic Chess albums, this is an odd choice to expand with a second disc of outtakes, none of which are particularly revelatory. Still, Clapton is fiery throughout, and Wolf, although not in prime form, is never less than convincing. Though often criticized, most notably by Clapton himself, Howlin' Wolf's London Sessions offers a worthy--though not essential--snapshot of the legend in his waning years. -Hal Horowitz

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