Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy - Howlin Wolf - No Place To Go
Label: Eurostar - 39810041 • Series: Back To Blues • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Germany • Genre: Jazz, Blues • Style: Blues Rock
Add Genre. Add Styles. Add Moods. Add Themes. The spectacle of hearing a singer boast about how fat she or he is has periodically been a source of entertainment for listeners and performers alike throughout the history of rock and rhythm and blues. Often such songs tread into novelty territory, either by amplifying the more grotesque aspects of this anatomical condition or treating the subject with over-the-top merriment.
Occasionally there are songs, though, in which being heavy and large is bragged about with a sexual menace. The Wolf here Sophisticated Lady - Duke Ellington / Buck Clayton All-Stars* - At Newport not embarrassed nor lighthearted about his weight: he's strutting it and showing it off, and making it implicit that when it comes to good loving, the more the better.
Musically speaking, the track, like several others cut by Chess Records bluesmen around the time, shows Howlin' Wolf starting to incorporate brass into guitar-dominated electric blues. Often that had the effect of diluting musical power, but in "Three Hundred Pounds of Joy" the tenor and baritone saxes work well, offering humorous and playful riffs.
The most humorous and playful part of the song, however, is the passage at the end of the verses in which Wolf adopts a slightly silly jovial tone to announce "this is it, this is it, look what you did," the stop-start rhythms linked by bursts of sax triplets.
It's also great the way Wolf tears into the phrase "put that cat Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy - Howlin Wolf - No Place To Go out of your mind," brushing aside a potential rival with the confidence and ease Exciter - Gamma Ray - Insanity And Genius swatting a fly. Hubert Sumlin peels off some blistering responsive guitar leads of his own throughout the tune, sometimes as rejoinders to the more conventional sax riffs.
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