There was a remastered, two cd set that came out a few years ago. CD Details .
Grimace...I too am a huge fan of Wolf's...in fact the London sessions was the first album to turn me on to Wolf.
I have what I believe is the original pressing...70's...no date on the album. There are 13 tracks if you include the intro of "Little Red Rooster" as a seperate track from the title song.
Muddy Waters also has a London Session album...clearly something was going on with Clapton and the gang pulling their heros together.
In any regard, I do not think there is any long length LP out there...my album has songs cut short as well.
By the way...Go Eagles!
Muddy Waters also has a London Session album..."clearly something was going on" ... with Clapton and the gang pulling their heros together.......
Yes something was going on,Clapton and others were turning on Americans to their own music.That Music was called The "Blues".After British Musicians introduced American Blues Musicians to America They could actually make a good living in the USA and Europe for which many were very thankfull.Ask BB King.We also know who Robert Johnson is. JD
What was actually going on was Marshall Chess trying to get more white kids to buy blues records."Electric Mud" and "This is Howlin' Wolf's new record...." are also examples of the same sales ploy.These LPs are all from the period when Marshall took over from the originators Phil and Leonard Chess.These LPs are a pathetic attempt to make the artists more hip and with it,in an attempt to cash in on the youth market.
Oh, its definately an attempt to get white suburban kids, many of whom thought Eric Clapton WAS the blues, to hear some originals. It is a shame that the greats like Muddy and Wolf didn't get that recognition on their own.
Funny story: When I got married my wife was looking for a wedding song and she came to me with this "great" Art Garfunkle song, "I only Have Eyes For You" under the assumption that Art had written it. Yeesh! I have a new wife now btw.
While I agree that this recording is a pale (pun intended) reflection of the original Chess sides, the truth is that the Wolf was ailing during these sessions. While much less funky and hard hitting than the original crew his accompaniment is able if plodding. The bigger problem was that Chester sounded like he was mailing it in.
Wolf, Sonnyboy Williamson, Muddy, Little Walter, Elmore James: one of the true a highlights of American music. Tragic lives those guys had with very little reward until it was too late, and for Elmo none at all.
I think the CD's really can't do it justice. Only the vinyl does it for me, and the original 45's in particular. The 70's reissue LP's can be great too.