Howlin’ Wolf is the last word in electric Chicago blues. Possessed of fine guitar and harp skills, a voice that could separate skin from bone, and a sheer magnetism and charisma that knew (and has known) no equal, Howlin Wolf is one of 20th century music’s greatest performers. His singing feels like the hammer of Thor, and the utter visceral impact of his delivery tests the bounds of credulity. Though six songs shorter than HIS BEST, another outstanding Chess compilation, HIS GREATEST SIDES, VOL 1 still lives up to its name. Included are the man’s most indispensable cuts, including “Sitting On Top Of The World,” “Spoonful,” “Back Door Man” and “Wang Dang Doodle.” This disc is as great a place to start with this phenomenal blues legend.