Howlin’ Wolf-The Howlin’ Wolf Album (1969)

My Rating: 80% (B+)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 80%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Spoonful
  2. Tail Dragger
  3. Smokestack Lightning
  4. Moanin’ At Midnight
  5. Built For Comfort
  6. The Red Rooster
  7. Evil
  8. Down In The Bottom
  9. Three Houndred Pounds of Joy
  10. Back Door Man

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Eating BBQ and drinking whiskey during a hot summers day.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s hilarious, I’m assuming this is the inspiration for The Black Keys album Brothers.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

It’s great to have on the go, but don’t really wanna mellow out to this one.

Final Thoughts:

You can’t think of blues without thinking of Howlin’ Wolf; a truly innovative and influential artist that was as cool as they come. The Howlin’ Wolf Album does a great job at showcasing his talents, and no song is too grating or disappointing. But the problem with most Blues albums of the time is that after a few tracks it just kind of sounds the same. It’s to be expected, and he keeps enough originality for it not to become a huge pain, but a little more diversity could’ve made this a true gem. Still a good listen nonetheless.

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