The Real Folk Blues (Howlin' Wolf album)

The Real Folk Blues
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Compilation album by
Released 1965 (1965)
Recorded Chicago, July 19, 1956 – April 15, 1965
Genre Blues
Length 32:39
Label Chess
Compiler Marshall Chess
Howlin' Wolf chronology
Howling Wolf Sings the Blues
(1962)
The Real Folk Blues
(1965)
More Real Folk Blues
(1967)

The Real Folk Bluesis a compilation album by blues musician Howlin' Wolf, which was released by Chess Records in 1965.[1][unreliable source?][citation needed] The album's songs, which were originally issued as singles, were recorded in Chicago between 1956 and 1965.[2]

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[3]

The AllMusic review stated: "In the mid-'60s, Chess Records released a great series of compilations of '40s and '50s singles by some of its best blues artists, all of them called The Real Folk Blues. The Howlin' Wolf entry is possibly the best of the batch, and one of the best introductions to this mercurial electric bluesman. Opening with the savage "Killing Floor," the album doesn't let up in intensity, and it happily focuses on Wolf's less-anthologized sides, which gives the album a freshness a lot of blues compilations lack".[3]

Track listing

All compositions credited to Chester Burnett except where noted

  1. "Killing Floor" – 2:48
  2. "Louise" – 2:42
  3. "Poor Boy" – 2:32
  4. "Sittin' on Top of the World" – 2:30
  5. "Nature" – 2:45
  6. "My Country Suga Mama" – 2:34
  7. "Tail Dragger" (Willie Dixon) – 2:56
  8. "Three Hundred Pounds of Joy" (Dixon) – 2:59
  9. "The Natchez Burnin'" – 2:10
  10. "Built for Comfort" (Dixon) – 2:30
  11. "Ooh Baby, Hold Me" – 2:35
  12. "Tell Me What I've Done" – 2:47
  • Recorded in Chicago on July 19, 1956 (track 9), June 24, 1957 (track 5), December 1957 (tracks 3 & 4), September 28, 1962 (track 7), August 14, 1963 (tracks 8 & 10), August 1964 (track 1, 2 & 6) and April 15, 1965 (tracks 11 & 12)

Personnel

References

  1. ^ Both Sides Now: Chess Album Discography, Part 1: LP-1425 to LPS-1553 accessed September 19, 2019
  2. ^ Howlin' Wolf Sessionography accessed September 19, 2019
  3. ^ a b Howlin' Wolf: The Real Folk Blues – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  4. ^ "The Real Folk Blues/More Real Folk Blues - Howlin' Wolf | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved December 9, 2019.

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