With a height of more than 1.90 meters and a weight of about 150 kilograms, Howlin' Wolf was an impressive figure. He dominated the post-war scene in Chicago, interpreted numerous classics by Willie Dixon and was in permanent competition with Muddy Waters. The musician, who died in 1975, especially inspired many guitarists who learned from his feeling and passionate versions. Now Omar Dykes has taken care of the songs, which were also very popular with Wolf, and interprets them in his own individual way, but a deficit is revealed - Dykes sings fantastically, but his guitar work is at best passable. The covers are generally of high quality. A quick version of "Spoonful", "Back Door Man" as a casual shuffle, a goose bump version of "Smokestack Lightning", a quick "Wang Dang Doodle" and the slow but still "boiling" "Little Red Rooster" are mentioned as hints. Successful as a complete work, even if gripping solos are missing.
Top track: Spoonful