Howlin' Wolf / Moanin' In The MoonlightLabel: MCA Records (Chess Records)
Released: 1986 (Compilation) 1962 (Howlin' Wolf)
The second half of this double album re-release. Howlin' Wolf, also known as the Rocking Chair Album, collects the singles released from 1959 to 1962. The 50s were slow in regards to the number of blues releases, due to the general decline of blues in favor of rock in general. This marked the beginning of a period of resurgence in old folk blues. With that followed behind other forms of blues, including a rise in Chicago Blues.
This album has gotten itself placed on several lists of 'greatest albums of all time' as well. Coming from a much shorter period of time that his previous album the songs share a more consistent theme and styling. Howlin' Wolf is probably the best example of Chicago Blues from the sixties that there is. Leaving behind the genres early start from the previous decade, it's fully evolved here.
Definitely an album worth tracking down, either in a collection like this one or on its own, and adding to your collection. I would claim no blues collection is truly complete without these twelve songs in it somewhere.