Fine Tunes' The Gold Collection features 14 latter-day live performances by Howlin' Wolf. Although he's still able to turn out a great performance when you least expect it, this collection does not find him at his best; furthermore, it is marred by shoddy packaging and poor fidelity. Budget-minded listeners, at whom this disc is aimed, will find it frustrating, since the music is below par, while collectors will be frustrated by the bad sound and lack of recording information and liner notes. There are so many fine Howlin' Wolf discs on the market that it's easy to pass this one by.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine