His Best (Howlin' Wolf album)

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His Best
His Best (Howlin' Wolf album) cover art.jpg
Greatest hits album by Howlin' Wolf
Released April 8, 1997 (1997-04-08)[1]
Recorded May 14 or August 1951 at Memphis Recording Service, Memphis, Tennessee
May 25, 1954 – August 1964 in Chicago, Illinois[2]
Genre Chicago blues
Length 55:41
Label MCA/Chess
Producer Sam Phillips, Leonard Chess, Phil Chess, Willie Dixon, Andy McKaie[2]
Compiler Andy McKaie[2]
Howlin' Wolf chronology
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His Best is a greatest hits album by American blues musician Howlin' Wolf. The album was originally released on April 8, 1997 by MCA/Chess Records,[1] and was one of a series of releases by MCA for the 50th anniversary of Chess Records that year (see 1997 in music). Ten years later – on April 17, 2007 – the album was reissued by Geffen Records as The Definitive Collection.[3]

The album features several of his most well-known recording including "Smokestack Lightnin'", "Spoonful", and "Killing Floor".

Recording and production[edit]

The first two songs on the collection – "Moanin' at Midnight" and "How Many More Years" – were recorded at Memphis Recording Service on either May 14, or August 1951 and were produced by Sam Phillips, who would later produce Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. The rest of the songs on the album were recorded in Chicago, Illinois from May 1954 to August 1964. The original recordings were produced by either the Chess brothers – Leonard and Phil – and/or Willie Dixon, who recorded numerous artists for Chess Records. The reissue production was handled by Andy McKaie with digital remastering by Erick Labson.[2]

Artwork, packaging[edit]

The album's art director was Vartan, the album was designed by Mike Fink. The photographs for the album were credited to Brian Smith, Joseph Sia, Frank Driggs, Ray Flerlage, Peter Amft, John Gibbs Rockwood, and the Universal Music Archives. The liner notes for the album were written by Mark Humphrey.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Recording date[2] Length
1. "Moanin' at Midnight" (Chester Burnett) May 14, or August 1951 2:56
2. "How Many More Years" (Burnett) May 14, or August 1951 2:43
3. "Evil (Is Going On)" (Willie Dixon) May 25, 1954 2:55
4. "Forty-Four" (Burnett) October 1954 2:49
5. "Smokestack Lightnin'" (Burnett) January 1956 3:09
6. "I Asked for Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)" (Burnett) July 19, 1956 2:52
7. "Who's Been Talkin'" (Burnett) June 24, 1957 2:24
8. "Sitting on Top of the World" (Walter Vinson, Lonnie Chatmon; arr. Burnett) December 1957 2:34
9. "Howlin' for My Darlin'" (Burnett, Dixon) July 1959 2:33
10. "Wang Dang Doodle" (Dixon) June 1960 2:25
11. "Back Door Man" (Dixon) June 1960 2:51
12. "Spoonful" (Dixon) June 1960 2:45
13. "Shake for Me" (Dixon) June 1961 2:18
14. "The Red Rooster" (Dixon) June 1961 2:29
15. "I Ain't Superstitious" (Dixon) December 1961 2:56
16. "Goin' Down Slow" (James B. Oden) December 1961 4:04
17. "Three Hundred Pounds of Joy" (Dixon) August 14, 1963 3:07
18. "Hidden Charms" (Dixon) August 14, 1963 2:23
19. "Built for Comfort" (Dixon) August 14, 1963 2:39
20. "Killing Floor" (Burnett) August 1964 2:49



  1. ^ a b Koda, Cub. "His Best – Howlin' Wolf: Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Humphrey, Mark (2007). The Definitive Collection (CD liner). Howlin' Wolf. Geffen/Chess Records. B0008784-02. 
  3. ^ Leggett, Steve. "The Definitive Collection – Howlin' Wolf: Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 

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