Any blues record collection is incomplete without at least one Howlin' Wolf album. I maintain and always will that although many have tried, nobody has ever done a cover of a Wolf tune that is superior to the original
. Wolf's incredible vocals are perfectly complemented by the tasteful guitar of Hubert Sumlin. Sumlin, although no speed wizard, has dreamed up riffs and fills that fit perfectly with the Wolf's howling.
This album contains most of Howlin' Wolf's best songs, including "The Red Rooster", "Who's Been Talkin'", "Wang Dang Doodle", "Spoonful", "Goin' Down Slow", "Back Door Man", "Smokestack Lightnin'", and my favorite, "Evil". It's missing a couple of his best, ("Commit a Crime", "Highway 49", "Poor Boy", "Killing Floor") so you might want to look for a more complete compilation.