Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Howlin' Wolf and Leon Haywood

Two new quality reissues on the way from my boys over at Get On Down. I know they have a ton in store for 2011. It will be my pleasure to hear about all the killer stuff they have in the pipeline.

Howlin' Wolf - The Howlin' Wolf Album

It's not often that an album disavowed by its own author at the time of release goes on to become considered a modern classic. Yet that's exactly what happened with Chicago blues legend Howlin' Wolf's 1969 LP The Howlin' Wolf Album, a release that has since attained mythical status due to the controversy behind it.

Released on Cadet Records, a subsidiary of legendary imprint Chess Records, The Howlin' Wolf Album was a radical experiment for a well established artist: attempt to integrate electric instr
uments and psychedelic arrangements into his revered signature blues sound. The result was an album that Wolf himself initially disregarded on the now infamous cover, but one that has won a speci
edicated music aficionados thanks to its unique mix of traditional blues and electric rock elements.

Get On Down's reputation for high quality reissues continues with The Howlin' Wolf Album, which features a special Stoughton vinyl pressing with audio remastered from the origin
al analog tapes for optimum sound quality and comes packaged in a
paste-on style jacket featuring the album's famous original artwork.

Get On Down • In Stores-March 22nd, 2011

Leon Haywood - Come And Get Yourself Some

Almost two decades after its original release in 1975, the smooth, sensual bass groove of Leon Haywood's "I Want to Do Something Freaky to You" was an unmistakable, constant presence on radio airwaves across the country—although tthe song itself was not.

Thanks to Dr. Dre, who sampled Haywood's hit for his own smash single "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang" in 1992, a new generation of listeners were introduced to the Texas-born soul and funk singer, whose biggest hits (including the Dre-sampled track) appear on Come and Get Yourself Some. "I Want to Do Something Freaky to You" was the centerpiece, becoming a Top 20 hit on the Pop charts, but the album reflected Haywood's talent for mid-tempo, laid-back R&B with songs like "This Feeling's Extra Rated" and the bold, funky title track.

A rare treat for soul/funk collectors lucky enough to find it, Come and Get Yourself Some becomes the latest classic title resurrected and refurbished by Get On Down, featuring a sparkling new audio transfer from the original analog tapes and presented in a digipak case.

Get On Down • In Stores - March 22nd

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