Howlin' Wolf

The Blues

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With his larger-than-life persona, roaring vocals, and the raw, skittering guitar lines of Hubert Sumlin behind him, Howlin’ Wolf turned out dozens of stellar Chicago blues singles for RPM and Chess Records between 1951 and 1962, including “Smokestack Lightnin’" and "Spoonful" (both included here), among many others. This is a nice introduction to a powerful performer and one of the architects of the Chicago blues sound.

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