The late 60s and early 70s brought a rash of releases pairing English superstars with their American rock and blues mentors. To name just a few of them… Sonny Boy Williamson And The Yardbirds (1966), The London Muddy Waters Sessions (1972), The London Check Berry Sessions (1972), The London Bo Diddley Sessions (1973), and even a more obscure offering from sax man Eddie Harris (with Jeff Beck & Steve Winwood), E.H. In The U.K. (1974), that VSOP kindly posted in Readers Links (HERE, dated Sept. 29, 2014). And, of course, this spearheading set from 1971, The London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions. Largely coordinated by Eric Clapton in May, 1970, the sessions included Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Ian Stewart, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voormann and Wolf’s right hand man, Hubert Sumlin. Not everybody played on every track (Steve Winwood and Phil Upchurch contributed overdubs after the initial sessions), so it’s a mix-and-match gathering of greats tackling some of The Wolf’s legendary blues sides from the 50s. Over the years, this collection has gotten its fair share of criticism, primarily from blues purists, but no more so than by Clapton himself, as Wolf wasn’t in the best of health and the fusion of these legends was deemed less than explosive. But teenagers of the early 70s took to this summit like ducks to water, and the original release opened the floodgates for those who had yet to follow their rock gods’ bread crumbs back to Wolf’s early catalog. Many youngsters got their first real taste of Howlin’ Wolf through these sessions and, as a result, won’t hear any of the heresy sometimes associated with it. This Deluxe Edition features a disc of outtakes and alternate versions (including 3 long-lost tracks from the 1974, London Revisited edition). We’ve got lots more Wolf in the archives, including; Moanin’ In The Moonlight – The Definitive Remastered Edition (HERE), Ain’t Gonna Be Your Dog – Chess Collectibles, Vol. 2 (HERE) Complete Chess Masters 1951-1960 (HERE), Live In Europe 1964 (HERE), Memphis Days, Vols. 1 & 2 (Freshly Upgraded, HERE), The Howlin’ Wolf Album (1969, HERE) and The Chess Box (HERE). Find the 2CD Deluxe of The London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions at Amazon, HERE.
Rockin’ Daddy (3:47)
I Ain’t Superstitious (3:32)
Sittin’ On Top Of The World (3:53)
Worried About My Baby (2:58)
What A Woman! (3:04)
Poor Boy (3:06)
Built For Comfort (2:11)
Who’s Been Talking? (3:04)
The Red Rooster (False Start And Dialog) (1:59)
The Red Rooster (3:58)
Do The Do (2:22)
Highway 49 (2:48)
Wang Dang Doodle (4:32)
Goin’ Down Slow (Bonus Track From London Revisited) (5:56)
Killing Floor (Bonus Track From London Revisited) (5:17)
I Want To Have A Word With You (Bonus Track From London Revisited) (4:06)
Worried About My Baby (Rehearsal Take) (4:33)
The Red Rooster (Alternate Mix With Alternate Piano) (4:04)
What A Woman! (A/K/A Commit A Crime) (Alternate Take) (5:12)
Who’s Been Talking? (Alternate Take With False Start & Dialogue) (5:52)
Worried About My Baby (Alternate Take With False Start & Dialog) (3:45)
I Ain’t Superstitious (Alternate Take) (4:12)
Highway 49 (Alternate Take) (3:41)
Do The Do (Extended Alternate Take) (5:46)
Poor Boy (Alternate Lyrics/Mix) (4:29)
I Ain’t Superstitious (Alternate Mix) (3:55)
What A Woman! (A/K/A Commit A Crime) (Alternate Mix With Organ Overdub) (3:12)
Rockin’ Daddy (Alternate Mix) (3:58)
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