“Looking over my list, I realize that I don’t have any Led Zeppelin, but in a way, citing this album is an homage to Zeppelin because they took so much from this music. I discovered people like Howlin’ Wolf through Led Zeppelin.
“Smokestack Lightnin’, How Many More Years, Evil, Moanin’ At Midnight – right from the top, you’ve got some real classics. Some of it’s surprising, too. Sitting On Top Of The World doesn’t have that standard blues rhythm – there’s some samba-like grooves going on. And then there’s Spoonful, which of course, Eric Clapton covered with Cream.
“Howlin’ Wolf’s style was very understated, but it really worked. And, of course, you had his other guitar player, Hubert Sumlin, who was very young at the time but absolutely incredible. There weren’t a lot of guitar breaks – the parts were more fills and little moments – but they were really raw and powerful. This music still sounds very fresh to me.”