Moanin' in the Moonlight

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Moanin' in the Moonlight
Compilation album by Howlin' Wolf
Released1959
RecordedMay 14 or August 1951 at Memphis Recording Service in Memphis, Tennessee – March 1959 in Chicago, Illinois[1][2]
GenreChicago blues, Electric blues
Length33:53
LabelChess
ProducerLeonard Chess, Phil Chess, Willie Dixon, Sam Phillips
Howlin' Wolf chronology
Moanin' in the Moonlight
(1959)
Howlin' Wolf
(1962)
 
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Moanin' in the Moonlight
Compilation album by Howlin' Wolf
Released1959
RecordedMay 14 or August 1951 at Memphis Recording Service in Memphis, Tennessee – March 1959 in Chicago, Illinois[1][2]
GenreChicago blues, Electric blues
Length33:53
LabelChess
ProducerLeonard Chess, Phil Chess, Willie Dixon, Sam Phillips
Howlin' Wolf chronology
Moanin' in the Moonlight
(1959)
Howlin' Wolf
(1962)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic5/5 stars Link

Moanin' in the Moonlight was the first full-length 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[edit]

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.[1][2]

Artwork, packaging, and promotion[edit]

The original version of Moanin' in the Moonlight featured cover artwork by Don S. Bronstein and sleeve notes by Billboard editor Paul Ackerman.[3] The label pressings from the original series have different colors on it because several pressing plants were used.[4]

The album was featured on an advertisement in Billboard magazine on August 10, 1959, which misprinted the album's title as Howlin' at Midnite.[5]

Accolades[edit]

In 1987 Moanin' in the Moonlight was given a W.C. Handy Award under the category of "Vintage/Reissue Album (US)".[6] Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album as #153 on their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[7] 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.[8]

Track listing[edit]

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Howlin' Wolf's "How Many More Years" (1951) is considered the first song to feature a distorted power chord, played by Willie Johnson on the electric guitar.

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All songs written by Chester Burnett, except when noted.

Side one
  1. "Moanin' at Midnight" – 2:58
  2. "How Many More Years" – 2:42
  3. "Smokestack Lightnin'" – 3:07
  4. "Baby How Long" – 2:56
  5. "No Place to Go" – 2:59
  6. "All Night Boogie" – 2:12
Side two
  1. "Evil" – 2:55 (Willie Dixon)
  2. "I'm Leavin' You" – 3:01
  3. "Moanin' for My Baby" – 2:47
  4. "I Asked for Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)" – 2:53
  5. "Forty-Four" – 2:51 (Roosevelt Sykes, credited to Burnett)
  6. "Somebody in My Home" – 2:27

Personnel[edit]

The following people contributed to Moanin' in the Moonlight:[1][2]

Release history[edit]

RegionDateLabelFormatCatalog
United States1959Chess Recordsmono LPLP-1434
United KingdomFebruary 1965Chess Recordsmono LPCRL 4006
United KingdomJanuary 1967Marble Archmono LPMAL 665
United States1969Chess Recordsmono LPLP-1540
United States1986MCA Records/Chess Recordsmono LPCH-9195
mono CassetteCHC-9195

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Howlin' Wolf / Moanin' in the Moonlight (CD liner). Howlin' Wolf. United States: MCA Records. 1986. CHD-5908. http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=1060755.
  2. ^ a b c Humphrey, Mark (2007). The Definitive Collection (CD liner). Howlin' Wolf. United States: Geffen Records/Chess Records. B0008784-02/CHD-9375 BK02.
  3. ^ Ackerman, Paul. Moanin' in the Moonlight (Vinyl sleeve). Howlin' Wolf. United States: Chess Records. back cover. LP-1434.
  4. ^ David Edwards; Mike Callahan, Randy Watts. "Chess Album Discography, Part 1 (1956–1965)". Both Sides Now Publications. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Chess Producing Corporation Advertisement". Billboard. Vol. 71 (No. 32): 30. August 10, 1959. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ Past Blues Music Awards. Blues Foundation. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
  7. ^ "Moanin' in the Moonlight by Howlin' Wolf". Rolling Stone. Jann S. Wenner. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  8. ^ 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.