CD Rockin' the Blues: Live in Germany 1964 [884607000195] (CD 1358250),
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Rockin' the Blues: Live in Germany 1964 [884607000195]

  • 1. Shake It for Me
    2. Love Me
    3. Dust My Broom
    4. I Didn't Mean to Hurt Your Feelings
    5. Rockin' the Blues
    6. All My Love
    7. Going Down Slow
    8. Howlin' for My Darlin'
    9. Forty-Four
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): AM00192

  • Credits

    Personnel includes: Howlin' Wolf (vocals); Hubert Sumlin (guitar); Willie Dixon, Sunnyland Slim.
    Recorded live in Germany.
    Personnel includes: Howlin' Wolf, Sunnyland Slim, Hubert Sumlin, Willie Dixon.
    Recorded live in 1964.
    Personnel: Howlin' Wolf (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Hubert Sumlin (guitar); Sunnyland Slim (piano); Willie Dixon (bass instrument); Clifton James (drum).
    Rockin' the Blues Live in Germany 1964 is still one of the few essential unauthorized live performances by Howlin' Wolf to emerge. Unlike Chess Records' own Wolf concert disc, Live and Cookin' at Alice's, cut more than a half-decade later, there are no apologies or explanations needed here over the late date of the recording in his career. This is prime Chester Burnett at work, in his prime, and if Clifton James' drums aren't always recorded with quite enough presence, then Hubert Sumlin's lead guitar (and Wolf's harp and occasional guitar flourishes), Sunnyland Slim's piano, and Willie Dixon's bass are right there with Wolf's voice, up close and personal. Everyone concerned seems fully primed and energized by the size and enthusiasm of the audiences they found on this tour (as well as the money, more than ten times what they were used to seeing playing the same sets in the U.S.A., even if half of it was in the currency of whatever country they were in). This is not only a great set and a superb show, but the individual songs, including "Rockin' the Blues" and "All My Love," are among the most accessible in Wolf's repertory. Unlike most unauthorized concert documents of his work, this CD would be a great place for a person to start listening to the man. ~ Bruce Eder

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (p.42) - "Joining him was an all-star band....A tremendous chemistry existed between them all, since every inch of this top-notch performance grooves between a slow swagger and a comfortable mid-tempo pace."
    Living Blues (p.34) - "'Love Me' showcases Wolf's singular menacing power and Sunnyland's staccato bursts of trebly piano."
    Paste (magazine) (p.69) - "[A] true testament to the Wolf's mojo, which allowed him to whip up some of the most raw, primal and inspired music ever recorded."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.97) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[M]ore than worth it to hear the Wolf at the peak of his powers."
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