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Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Howlin’ Wolf – Chicaco, IL (02/23/69)

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Howlin’ Wolf
February 23, 1969
Chicago, IL
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SBD > Reel To Reel > ? > CDR > EAC > FLAC > WAV > Cool Edit Pro (convert each channel
from mono to stereo and mixed both channels together for a balanced mix) > FLAC

1. Million Miles Away 13:18
2. Don’t Laugh At Nobody 8:15
3. Pretty Baby 5:25
4. Little Bird 11:41
5. Crazy About You Woman 7:42
6. How Much Is That Chicken 1:19

7. If You Don’t Love Me 7:30
8. I Had A Dream 10:17
9. Killing Floor 5:38
10. How Many More Years 8:54 *
11. Instrumental 1:50
12. Crosscut Saw 8:29
13. Sock It To Me 4:24

* (Possible microphone connection issue from 0:45 – 1:00)

This recording had all the vocals, drums, and keys in the left channel and all the guitar and bass in the right channel, making for an odd mix. I took each channel, converted it to stereo, then mixed it all together to have a balanced mix. It’s much easier to listen to now. – RandyB Jan. 2, 2010

5 Responses to “Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Howlin’ Wolf – Chicaco, IL (02/23/69)”

  1. DylanDave Says:

    Nice place to start with your blues discovery – from memory, the remix on this one really helped a lot! Wolf was a geat artist and a lot more articulate,knowledgeable and driven about the music than is widely understood. Check out the HW Story docu film if you get the chance, fascinating stuff. his mother never foegave him for singing the ‘secular’ blues, just about broke his heart!

  2. Bruce Says:

    Howlin’ Wolf is the greatest blues singer if you ask me. “London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions” is one of the greatest albums ever released. I think I have it on LP and 3 different CD versions.

  3. Mat Brewster Says:

    Thanks for the comments. I have an old Chess comp CD with a couple of Wolf tracks that absolutely kill, but I’ve not really heard anything else. Haven’t had time to even give this boot a real listen yet but looking forward to it. I’ll have to track down that CD too Bruce, thanks for the suggestion.

  4. DylanDave Says:

    IMHO the very best Wolf trax are the earliest Sun Records sides – every one a classic. A few years back Dave @QBB posted a load of alternates and outtakes from those sessions. For the most part they were every bit as good as the released stuff. I couldn’t believe the stuff had never been officially released but if it had i would surely have it somewhere – and i don’t have it anywhere else. Mat, highly recommended if you find a torrent, otherwise you could always grab ’em from me sometime.
    BUT I also love the London sessions, and like you Bruce I seem to have collected a number of issues over the years containing different takes etc. In fact my absolute favourite is an unlicensed, unattributed bit of ‘Joker’ vinyl entitled ‘Little Red Rooster’I bought as a teenager which gave no track details at all but i’m sure it’s from the same sessions and includes an absolute killer version of Highway 49

  5. Street Pig Says:

    Nice one for a starter, can’t imagine what would be next. Howlin’ Wolf was inspiration for me to lead a blues band in the 90’s. The Allman Brothers actually covered “whose been talkin'” their last tour or so….A gigantic man with an even larger voice, 300lbs of Joy!

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