Moanin' in the Moonlight
|Moanin' in the Moonlight|
|Compilation album by Howlin' Wolf|
|Recorded||May 14 or August 1951 at Memphis Recording Service in Memphis, Tennessee – March 1959 in Chicago, Illinois|
|Genre||Chicago blues, Electric blues|
|Producer||Leonard Chess, Phil Chess, Willie Dixon, Sam Phillips|
|Howlin' Wolf chronology|
Moanin' in the Moonlight was the debut album by American blues singer Howlin' Wolf. The album was a compilation of previously issued singles by Chess Records. It was originally released by Chess Records as a mono-format LP record in 1959 (see 1959 in music). The album has been reissued several times, including a vinyl reissue in 1969 titled Evil.
Recording and production
The two earliest songs on Moanin' in the Moonlight were "Moanin' at Midnight" and "How Many More Years". These two songs were recorded at Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Service in Memphis, Tennessee on May 14, 1951 or August 1951. These two songs were sold to the Chess brothers, Leonard and Phil, who released them as a single on August 15, 1951. The rest of the songs on the album were recorded in Chicago, Illinois and were produced by either the Chess brothers and/or Willie Dixon.
Artwork, packaging, and promotion
The original version of Moanin' in the Moonlight featured cover artwork by Don S. Bronstein and sleeve notes by Billboard editor Paul Ackerman. The label pressings from the original series have different colors on it because several pressing plants were used.
The album was featured on an advertisement in Billboard magazine on August 10, 1959, which misprinted the album's title as Howlin' at Midnite.
In 1987 Moanin' in the Moonlight was given a W.C. Handy Award under the category of "Vintage/Reissue Album (US)". Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album as #153 on their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Robert Palmer has cited "How Many More Years" (recorded May 1951) as the first record to feature a distorted power chord, played by Willie Johnson on the electric guitar.
All songs written by Chester Burnett, except when noted.
- Side one
- "Moanin' at Midnight" – 2:58
- "How Many More Years" – 2:42
- "Smokestack Lightnin'" – 3:07
- "Baby How Long" – 2:56
- "No Place to Go" – 2:59
- "All Night Boogie" – 2:12
- Side two
- "Evil" – 2:55 (Willie Dixon)
- "I'm Leavin' You" – 3:01
- "Moanin' for My Baby" – 2:47
- "I Asked for Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)" – 2:53
- "Forty-Four" – 2:51 (Roosevelt Sykes, credited to Burnett)
- "Somebody in My Home" – 2:27
- Howlin' Wolf – vocals, harmonica
- Willie Johnson – guitar
- Willie Steele – drums
- Ike Turner – piano on "How Many More Years"
- Hubert Sumlin – guitar
- Hosea Lee Kennard – piano
- Willie Dixon – bass, producer
- Earl Phillips – drums
- Jody Williams – guitar
- Otis Spann – piano
- Lee Cooper – guitar on "No Place to Go"
- Fred Below – drums on "All Night Boogie"
- S. P. Leary – drums on "I'm leaving You"
- Adolph "Billy" Dockins – tenor saxophone on "Moanin' for My Baby"
- Otis "Smokey" Smothers – guitar on "I Asked for Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)"
- Sam Phillips – producer on "Moanin' at Midnight" and "How Many More Years"
- Leonard Chess – producer
- Phil Chess – producer
|United States||1959||Chess Records||mono LP||LP-1434|
|United Kingdom||February 1965||Chess Records||mono LP||CRL 4006|
|United Kingdom||January 1967||Marble Arch||mono LP||MAL 665|
|United States||1969||Chess Records||mono LP||LP-1540|
|United States||1986||MCA Records/Chess Records||mono LP||CH-9195|
- Howlin' Wolf / Moanin' in the Moonlight (CD liner). Howlin' Wolf. United States: MCA Records. 1986. CHD-5908.
- Humphrey, Mark (2007). The Definitive Collection (CD liner). Howlin' Wolf. United States: Geffen Records/Chess Records. B0008784-02/CHD-9375 BK02.
- Ackerman, Paul. Moanin' in the Moonlight (Vinyl sleeve). Howlin' Wolf. United States: Chess Records. back cover. LP-1434.
- David Edwards; Mike Callahan; Randy Watts. "Chess Album Discography, Part 1 (1956–1965)". Both Sides Now Publications. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- "Chess Producing Corporation Advertisement". Billboard. Vol. 71 (No. 32): 30. August 10, 1959. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- Past Blues Music Awards. Blues Foundation. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
- "Moanin' in the Moonlight by Howlin' Wolf". Rolling Stone. Jann S. Wenner. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
- Robert Palmer, "Church of the Sonic Guitar", pp. 13-38 in Anthony DeCurtis, Present Tense, Duke University Press, 1992, pp. 24-27. ISBN 0-8223-1265-4.