The London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions

Do you remem­ber what it was like when you walked into a record store feel­ing like the whole world of music was at your fin­ger­tips? And you looked through all those beau­ti­ful album cov­ers that con­tained so much infor­ma­tion? And once you got that album home you would stare at the cov­er and lis­ten to music for hours on end? And a bonus would be car­toon-like images of artists like this album. 

Others I recall were Garcia’s “Old & In The Way” and Savoy Brown’s “Street Corner Talking.” So much infor­ma­tion to find and all the time in the world to find it.

This album cov­er says it all, and how could you not pur­chase this with Clapton, Winwood, Wyman, and Watts men­tioned? I had nev­er heard of Howlin’ Wolf but I was cer­tain­ly glad to give it a try with some of my rock favorites onboard. And I’m hap­py I did because this is anoth­er one I’ve had in my col­lec­tion forever. 

It’s a fan­tas­tic record­ing defin­ing blues-rock. Give it a lis­ten. You won’t regret or for­get it.

Album information

Released: August 1971
Recorded: May 2–7, 1970 Olympic Sound Studios, London, England
Length: 39:43
Label: Chess/Rolling Stones
Producer: Norman Dayron

You can hear the whole album here. Enjoy.

Tracks / credits

All songs were writ­ten by Howlin’ Wolf (list­ed under his real name of Chester Burnett), except as indicated.

Track titleLengthCredits
“Rockin’ Daddy”3:43Howlin’ Wolf – vocal; Hubert Sumlin – rhythm gui­tar; Eric Clapton – lead gui­tar; Ian Stewart – piano; Phil Upchurch – bass; Charlie Watts – drums
“I Ain’t Superstitious” (Willie Dixon)3:34Wolf – vocal; Sumlin – rhythm gui­tar; Clapton – lead gui­tar; Steve Winwood – piano; Klaus Voormann – bass; Ringo Starr – drums; Jordan Sandke – trum­pet; Dennis Lansing – tenor sax­o­phone; Joe Miller – bari­tone sax­o­phone; Bill Wyman – cowbell
“Sittin’ On Top Of The World”3:51Wolf – vocal; Jeffrey Carp – har­mon­i­ca; Sumlin – rhythm gui­tar; Clapton – lead gui­tar; Lafayette Leake – piano; Wyman – bass; Watts – drums
“Worried About My Baby”2:55Wolf – vocal, har­mon­i­ca; Sumlin – rhythm gui­tar; Clapton – lead gui­tar; Leake – piano; Wyman – bass; Watts – drums
“What A Woman!”(James Oden)3:02Wolf – vocal; Carp – har­mon­i­ca; Sumlin – rhythm gui­tar; Clapton – lead gui­tar; Winwood – organ; Wyman – bass; Watts – drums
“Poor Boy”3:04Wolf – vocal; Carp – har­mon­i­ca; Sumlin – rhythm gui­tar; Clapton – lead gui­tar; Winwood – piano; Wyman – bass; Watts – drums
“Built For Comfort” (Dixon)2:08Wolf – vocal; Sumlin – rhythm gui­tar; Clapton – lead gui­tar; Stewart – piano; Wyman – bass; Watts – drums; Sandke – trum­pet; Lansing, Miller – saxophones
“Who’s Been Talking?”3:02Wolf – vocal, har­mon­i­ca; Sumlin – rhythm gui­tar; Clapton – lead gui­tar; John Simon – piano; Winwood – organ; Wyman – bass, shak­er; Watts – drums, con­ga, percussion
“The Red Rooster (Rehearsal)”1:58Wolf – vocal; gui­tar; oth­er per­son­nel as below
“The Red Rooster” (Willie Dixon)3:47Wolf – vocal; Sumlin – rhythm gui­tar; Clapton – lead gui­tar; Leake – piano; Wyman – bass; Watts – drums
“Do The Do” (Willie Dixon)2:18Wolf – vocal; Sumlin – rhythm gui­tar; Clapton – lead gui­tar; Stewart – piano; Wyman – bass, cow­bell; Watts – drums
“Highway 49” (Joe Lee Williams)2:45Wolf – vocal; Carp – har­mon­i­ca; Sumlin – rhythm gui­tar; Clapton – lead gui­tar; Winwood – piano; Wyman – bass; Watts – drums
“Wang-Dang-Doodle” (Willie Dixon)3:27Wolf – vocal; Carp – har­mon­i­ca; Sumlin – rhythm gui­tar; Clapton – lead gui­tar; Stewart – piano; Wyman – bass; Watts – drums. drums; Sandke – trum­pet; Lansing, Miller – sax­o­phones; Wyman – cowbell

  • Jeff Brandt

    Jeff has been a music fan since the age of 7 when the album Meet the Beatles hit the streets. He grew up in Hoptown and went to col­lege at UK a cou­ple of times. He retired in 2016 and is cur­rent­ly amass­ing his music col­lec­tion. Jeff says he loves being retired but is tired of quarantining.