HOWLIN’ WOLF Live In Europe 1964

Live In Europe 1964
Headline: “Wolf Terrorizes Locals”

Excellent live Howlin’ Wolf appearance, bringing American blues to the American blues-hungry Germans on November 6, 1964. Like the outstanding Muddy Waters 1964 live show we have in the archives (here, taped at the same American Folk Blues Festival), this stuff is the true juke joint blues, before the Brits spun it around and sent it back to us. The wonderful, piano-led, junkie-spare arrangements seem to barely hold themselves together beneath the Wolf’s vocal torment, with lengthy 5 to 7 minute workouts being the norm. And what a band; Hubert Sumlin (guitar), Sunnyland Slim (piano), Willie Dixon (bass) and Clifton James (drums). Solid, if unremarkable, sound quality. Buyer’s note: Amazon shows this title issued from a couple of different labels. Beware of the 16 track re-issue (with a different cover), as it’s this same 9-track version, only with added studio material.

Shake It For Me (4:18)
Love Me (6:32)
Dust My Broom (5:06)
I Didn’t Mean To Hurt Your Feelings (5:38)
Rockin’ The Blues (5:22)
All My Life (4:13)
Goin’ Down Slow (6:25)
Howlin’ For My Darlin’ (4:27)
Forty Four (7:36)


  • Willard
    November 15, 2011 - 10:20 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • jeff
    November 15, 2011 - 11:22 | Permalink

    This sure does look nice. Thanks.

  • November 15, 2011 - 11:36 | Permalink

    Thank you!

  • jbull49
    November 17, 2011 - 19:47 | Permalink

    The sound of a MAN! Ain’t that what Sam said back in Memphis? Even if he didn’t, he was right. Thanks!


    • Willard
      November 17, 2011 - 21:23 | Permalink

      A very scary man. He looks like a nice enough guy, but when he starts singing… look out. Wolf’s delivery is so disturbing, Sam Phillips’ friends must have thought he was nuts to record him.

  • Jerry Lee
    November 19, 2011 - 11:53 | Permalink

    Sam was probably the only one with the balls to record the Wolf, that’s not a task for wussies. Thanks Willard, you’ve really been in the groove lately.

    • Willard
      November 19, 2011 - 12:07 | Permalink

      Sam Phillips’ famous quote about first meeting Wolf was “This is for me. This is where the soul of man never dies.” But, all you have to do is give a listen to what other kinds of music were around at that time to fully realized how fucking frightening Wolf must have been to the ‘normals’. I don’t think it was so much Phillips’ balls, as he was half-crazy for thinking he could sell that stuff to people. Elvis merely walked into his place (no disrespect, Sam), but Phillips actually pursued Wolf. God bless Sam Phillips’ abnormalities, though. AND his vision.

  • gregmag
    July 14, 2013 - 17:11 | Permalink

    Willard — Another link down. Thanks.

    • Willard
      July 16, 2013 - 16:26 | Permalink

      New link up, thanks.

  • ate2zee
    May 30, 2014 - 03:29 | Permalink

    Thanks for this live recording. I’m not always a fan of live recordings, but Howlin’ Wolf could be quite a showman. Interesting comments about Wolf being a scary performer. I don’t think of him that way, but probably would have if I knew nothing about him & just happened to walk into one of his gigs. A documentary I watched portrayed him as a family man & homeowner–married with 2 children. For a blues musician, he sounded to be a pretty stable, well-liked & fair business person. .His howling was how he decided to market himself. Having said that, that howl of his came from some scary place inside of him–a haunting & melodic sound. Not just anyone would decided to howl for a living.

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