Howlin' Wolf Killing Floor: Blues Essentials
Limited edition 12” vinyl
featuring vintage recordings by America’s greatest post-war bluesman including the original 1956 studio recording of “Smokestack Lightning” plus “Killing Floor,” and “Little Red Rooster”
1. Killing Floor
2. Smokestack Lightnin’
3. Shake It For Me
4. I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom
5. Going Down Slow
6. Highway 49
7. Little Red Rooster
8. Poor Boy
9. Worried About You
10. Smile At Me
11. Howlin’ For My Baby
This was one of the most important musicians of all time. Most people today simply don't understand or appreciate that these are the origins of most contemporary western music. And the wisdom of a street sage who has lived the hard life which he sings about. This is truth in art. ...
..Listen up young people.
Chester Arthur Burnett (June 10, 1910 January 10, 1976), better known as Howlin' Wolf, was an influential American blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player.
With a booming voice and looming physical presence, Burnett is commonly ranked among the leading performers in electric blues; musician and critic Cub Koda declared, "no one could match [Howlin' Wolf] for the singular ability to rock the house down to the foundation while simultaneously scaring its patrons out of its wits." Many songs popularized by Burnett—such as "Smokestack Lightnin'," "Back Door Man" and "Spoonful"—have become standards of blues and blues rock.
At 6 feet, 6 inches (198 cm) and close to 300 pounds (136 kg), he was an imposing presence with one of the loudest and most memorable voices of all the "classic" 1950s Chicago blues singers. Howlin' Wolf's voice has been compared to "the sound of heavy machinery operating on a gravel road". Although the two were reportedly not that different in actual personality, this rough edged, slightly fearsome musical style is often contrasted with the less crude but still powerful presentation of his contemporary and professional rival, Muddy Waters, to describe the two pillars of the Chicago Blues representing the music.
Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson (Rice Miller), Little Walter Jacobs and Muddy Waters are usually regarded in retrospect as the greatest blues artists who recorded for Chess in Chicago. Sam Phillips once remarked of Chester Arthur Burnett, "When I heard Howlin' Wolf, I said, 'This is for me. This is where the soul of man never dies.' In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #51 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
Howlin' Wolf - Killing Floor (Washington 1970
HOWLIN' WOLF - Smokestack Lightning
Awesome. This moves the soul. What an amazing voice, presence and spirit.