How Many More Years – Howling Wolf.
Dirty ‘n down piano triplets are immediately pumped out from the fist beat of this song. A thunderous groove pumps through out the whole 2:39. Its crude, raw and impolite in it’s truths. The guitars are distorted, grimy and sweaty always pushing forward on Wolf’s voice.
This might be blues, but man, its feeling a lot like rock’n roll.
The track was recorded at Memphis Recording Service(Sun Studio/Sam Phillips), and released by Chess Records in July 1951. The flip side was “Moaning’ at Midnight” making it a double-sided hit single(s).
Record producer T-Bone Burnett said of the recording: “The first major breakthrough Sam [Phillips] made was with Howlin’ Wolf. That’s when he started bringing the bass and drums up loud. Back in those days the bass and drums were background instruments; it was all about the horns and the piano, the melody instruments, and Sam brought the rhythm section right up front, and that became rock ‘n’ roll.”
The repetitive guitar groove, thunderous rhythm section and power vocal would become the ‘secret ingredients’ for many bands in the 60’s and the 70’s.
Drop the track on repeat, layback and just soak it up!!!