The Howlin' Wolf Album is a 1969 album by Howlin' Wolf, which mixed his traditional Blues sound with Psychedelic Rock. In a rather unusual take the singer himself disliked the album, but Chess Records just used this as an advertising strategy by putting this on the album.
If you're a blues purist you may consider this record to be a commercial sell-out which hasn't aged well. If you like Psychedelic Rock it's definitely interesting. Despite the singer's own objections the single "Evil" peaked at #43 in the Billboard and it was still added to Rolling Stone's Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time at #238.
- "Spoonful" (3:52)
- "Tail Dragger" (4:33)
- "Smokestack Lightnin'" (3:56)
- "Moanin' at Midnight" (3:15)
- "Built for Comfort" (5:11)
- "The Red Rooster" (3:50)
- "Evil" (4:06)
- "Down in the Bottom" (2:45)
- "Three Hundred Pounds of Joy" (2:35)
- "Back Door Man" (6:51)
Three Hundred Tropes of Joy
- Alliterative Title: "Moanin' at Midnight" and "The Red Rooster".
- Blues: Just before the final track Howlin' Wolf explains to the listeners the origins of the blues and that they just have to watch him to learn how to play it.
- Cover Album: "Spoonful", "Tail Dragger", "Built for Comfort", "Down in the Bottom", "Three Hundred Pounds of Joy" and "Back Door Man" are all covers, written by Willie Dixon.
- Covers Always Lie: The cover is mostly correct, except for one little detail. Wolf was always fond of the electric guitar.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: It is a new Howlin' Wolf album and he didn't like it himself.
- Minimalistic Cover Art: The album cover consists of three lines of text on a white background.
- One-Man Song: "Back Door Man".
- One-Word Title: "Spoonful" and "Evil".
- Psychedelic Rock: Traditional blues is mixed with a lot of wah-wah pedal and fuzzbox.
- Recycled In Space: It's blues legend Howlin' Wolf... with a psychedelic arrangement!
- Repurposed Pop Song: The songs have all been recorded before by the singer, just not in these versions.
- Self-Titled Album: As one can read on the cover.
- Shout-Out: The album cover of Brothers by The Black Keys appears to be a reference to this album.
- Spoken Word in Music: The album has spoken commentary by Howlin' Wolf between some of the songs.