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Festival: The Criterion Collection

They just don't make documentaries like Festival anymore.

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Tomás Doncker Band: Moanin' at Midnight: The Howlin' Wolf Project

Here's an album that crackles with fresh mojo while maintaining the authentic vibe of the originals that inspired the project in the first place.

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Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin’ Wolf - “Tell Me”

In this final installment of the Between the Grooves series dedicated to Howlin’ Wolf’s Rocking Chair album, George de Stefano states that Wolf's music is so compelling because it seems such a direct, unmediated expression of his singular personality.

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Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin' Wolf - “Howlin’ for My Baby"

“Howlin’ for My Baby” is the most joyful number on Rocking Chair: Its exuberance and humor are irresistible.

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Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin' Wolf - 'Back Door Man'

On "Back Door Man", Howlin' Wolf offers the alluring promise of illicit midnight pleasure.

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Howlin’ Wolf: Rocking Chair Blues - "Down in the Bottom"

Sexual poaching and its consequences become a life and death drama in Howlin’ Wolf’s “Down in the Bottom”.

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Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin’ Wolf - Goin’ Down Slow

"Goin' Down Slow" is a dramatic tour de force in three minutes and 18 seconds, standing as the most emotionally-shattering performance on Rocking Chair.

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Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin’ Wolf’s ‘Spoonful’

“Spoonful” is one of the best-known and most recorded songs in the history of the blues, and there's something mysterious about it. What exactly is in that spoonful?

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Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin’ Wolf – “Little Baby”

“Little Baby”, penned by Willie Dixon, is a well-crafted, catchy pop tune with clever lyrics, and Howlin’ Wolf sounds like he’s having a great time with it. You’d never guess that his partnership with its writer was so fraught with anger and resentment.

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Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin’ Wolf – “Wang Dang Doodle”

“Wang Dang Doodle”, one of the hardest-rocking tracks on Rocking Chair, celebrates extreme, even violent pleasure. Howlin' Wolf sings it with gusto, but he actually hated the song.

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Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin' Wolf - "Who's Been Talkin'"

The blues is full of songs about mean mistreater women, and Howlin' Wolf recorded more than a few. But in "Who's Been Talkin'", Wolf puts the blame for failed love affair on himself.

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Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin' Wolf - "You'll be Mine"

"You'll Be Mine", another Willie Dixon-penned track on Rocking Chair, is two minutes and 25 seconds of joy--with an edge.

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Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin' Wolf - "The Red/Little Red Rooster"

Whether known as "The Red Rooster" or "Little Red Rooster", this Willie Dixon song has attained classic status in the blues repertoire. And no one does it better than Howlin' Wolf.

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Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin' Wolf - "Shake for Me"

In this new Between the Grooves series, George de Stefano digs beneath the nondescript cover of Howlin' Wolf's "Rocking Chair" album -- an urtext for many rock and R&B artists who have been inspired by it or covered its songs -- to examine some of the greatest blues ever recorded.

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Santana and Various Artists: Guitar Heaven

Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time comes off as a celebrity version of American Idol.

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The Howling or, 100 Years of the Big Bad Wolf

Howlin' Wolf remains an artist who cannot be imitated and whose unmistakable growl can probably never be adequately explained or understood.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Blues

Twenty-two track compilation covers eight decades of blues music, from Mamie Smith to Ali Farke Touré, with mixed results.

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