While there are numerous Howlin' Wolf compilations and anthologies available that trace his extraordinary career, the 25-track 1951-1952 compilation from the French Classics label focuses on Wolf's crucial early Memphis sessions. Recorded for Sam Phillips in 1951 and 1952 prior to Wolf's move to Chicago, each track is raw, passionate, and essential. If you're looking for a comprehensive overview of this period with excellent sound, this disc provides it.
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AllMusic Review by Al Campbell