Howlin’ Wolf – Call Me The Wolf [live ’72]

• “Call Me The Wolf [live ’72]” set to a picture of the housing album cover.

8.0 “Fantastic Blues / Rhythm n Blues from the USA”

From his album “Live and Cookin’ (At Alice’s Revisited)” (Chess CH-50015) released in 1972.

My album review:

The 62-year-old Howlin’ Wolf was on great form for what was, surprisingly, his first live LP. The set, mostly featuring material which was new to his discography, was recorded January 26, 1972, live at Alice’s Revisited, Chicago. There was a lot of love in the house that night. Said the big man: “Thank you very much, I really appreciate you. You’re my people and I’m gonna howl for you”. Cue the whoops and hollers! They lined up for this one: Howlin’ Wolf (vocals, harmonica); David Myers (bass); Hubert Sumlin (guitar); Willie Williams (guitar); Eddie Taylor (tenor sax); Albert Luandrew (piano); Fred Below (drums). After some deliberation, I have labelled this LP in his “A-list” discography, although two of the eight tracks have featured on previous albums; “I Didn’t Know” (“Going Back Home”, 1971) and “Sittin’ On Top Of The World” (“The Real Folk Blues”, 1966). Six originals are included as well as two covers; “Mean Mistreater” (Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell, 1934) and “Sitting On Top Of The World” (The Mississippi Sheiks, 1930). The overall vibe is mean and deadly, exemplified on “Call Me The Wolf” as the Wolf calls out all those mistreaters who would “put you down lower than a dog”. This is a blues master at work, absolutely in command of the house.

You can check out the rest of my album reviews for 1972 here.

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