Howlin’ Wolf “Moanin’ in the Moonlight” 180 gram vinyl reissue | Chess Records
By the time 6’3″ heavy weight in the blues world Howlin’ Wolf released a proper full length album in 1959 on the label who brought him out of obscurity, Chess Records, he had been recording and releasing singles for almost a decade. His presence was known all over the States and Europe and accounts of his travels reveal a man who did it all for the love of the blues and left nothing to waste. His recordings are as raw as they come and it’s with the arrival of new technology and a generation that has finally caught up, that his music is being fully appreciated.
Moanin’ in the Moonlight would prove to be his first proper full length and comprised material he had started to release around 1951 with the Chess label. You can feel every moan, whisper, harmonica line and other component of his bands in these recording, using the advanced technology of the times Chess Records afforded their artists. Drums sound superb and the bass is always pushing the music along. To hear a man speak with this much despair sends chills up my spine. Chess Records catalog has been passed around for years and the material has become reissued in various forms over the years. With a 180 gram vinyl reissue of Moanin’ in the Moonlight, the labels energy is yet again brought back to the world for many more to enjoy. This is one of the best blues album I own and this reissue version exceeds my copy in terms of audio enhancements. Definitely something worth adding to your collection. Chicago blues ran deep into the fabric of American culture in its prime and Howlin’ Wolf was a big reason for this.
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