Moanin’ In The Moonlight: Howlin’ Wolf

Rating: 100%

Howlin'_Wolf_Moanin'_in_the_Moonlight.jpgHowlin’ Wolf’s debut record Moanin’ In the Moonlight was originally released in 1959. This influential record is a must have for anyone who has a passion for the Chicago Blues.

Howlin’ Wolf sings with raw emotion, a preacher’s voice that put’s the fear of god in you. That voice is also one that everyone should recognize. His music has been featured in commercials and covered by other musicians. As a song writer, Howlin’ Wolf shows that he is a force to be reckoned with and is admired by his fellow Rock n’ Roll musicians.

The album opens with moaning that is followed by a strong group of great musicians. Willie Dixon on bass, Otis Spann and Ike Turner on the piano. The guitar work is absolutely brilliant. The drum to me is ahead of it’s time.

Highlights on this album. “How Many More Times” features a half distorted guitar, supported by Otis Spann’s hard hitting piano work. Earl Philips’ drum work is thunderous after the chorus lines. Howlin’ Wolf’s harmonica work is brilliant. “Smokestack Lightning” is a mellow tune that also showcases great musicianship. “Evil” really showcases the vocal talent of Howlin’ Wolf and the raw emotion in which he displays in his music. “I Asked For Water” is a another great song with a bit of humor in it. The song is mellow and yet, it’s a toe tapper.

I gave this record a 100% rating, simply, because it’s a must. There is no track on this record that is bad.

Track listing:

Side one

  1. “Moanin’ at Midnight” – 2:58
  2. “How Many More Years” – 2:42
  3. “Smokestack Lightnin'” – 3:07
  4. “Baby How Long” – 2:56
  5. “No Place to Go” – 2:59
  6. “All Night Boogie” – 2:12
Side two
  1. “Evil” – 2:55
  2. “I’m Leavin’ You” – 3:01
  3. “Moanin’ for My Baby” – 2:47
  4. “I Asked for Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)” – 2:53
  5. “Forty-Four” – 2:51
  6. “Somebody in My Home” – 2:27

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